Saturday, January 24, 2009

August 2008

Thuin on the Sambre. Renowned in its heyday a century ago for its commercial boatbuilding.
Now it attracts retired bargees who either line the banks in their 'spits' (Belgian peniche) on the approach to the town or live in the houses hugging the riverline. These are adorned with artefacts from their abandoned boats. Anchors and boathooks, steering wheels and nav. lights are incorporated into walls and gardens.
The remainder of the town is atop the hill. We are told by a very elderly ex boatyard employee that this is where the posh people now live.

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