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June 2, 2013

This Is As Close As I Will Ever Get To Walking On Water…

Filed under: BELGIUM,Mechelen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I mentioned in one of my recent Mechelen posts a few days ago that we crossed a foot-bridge opposite Vismarkt in the centre of Mechelen in order to grab some goodies from the supermarket located on the other side.

After this we got distracted by the Paradijs, Sint Joseph and Duivelshuis   but soon we were back tracking down the Haverweft, past the supermarket and the footbridge because we knew we needed to go in this general direction to get back to the car and we were very intrigued by something we had spotted earlier.

The canal is a wide one, in this section of it there would easily be room to moor large craft on either side and still sail a third between them.

Therefore someone has come up with a brilliant use for this space: a walkway has been built over the water, raised on stilts so it’s possible to walk below street level also under several bridges.

It’s also decently long, extending from Hertshoonstraat  all the way down to the bridge at Vijfhoek. The walkway is called the “Dijlepad”, and since it’s a beautiful day we decide to take a little walk along the water.

There is one tiny drawback that I soon discovered: large sections of the boards spring up and down a little when other people pass. It’s certainly nothing excessive, it’s like a tiny rocking motion of a boat moored in the water. Usually this would represent no problem but using a crutch to walk and having less than perfect balance at the moment, I found it a little disconcerting.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Despite the fabulous weather we only shared the walkway with three other sets of people and I opted to hold onto the handrail as they went by and since I walk slowly they all outpaced us very quickly. This is my physiotherapy exercise for today… and I have my work cut out as it’s a decent distance.

There are beautiful views of the buildings along the canal… many of them centuries old and in various states of repair. We saw renovation work going on in quite a few places. At one point I was taking photos and walking slow so Himself and our friend waited for me to catch up.

When I reached them our friend said “see the big fish on that building!”   Despite repeated directions as to where to look, try as I  might I could not see any big fish at all.

Then we worked it out… there is a handrail at street level above us, she  is standing at a different angle and can see the fish  but from where I’m standing,  the metalwork obscures it from my line of sight. I shift around  a few steps  and the fish appears. I’m not going mad after all.

Under one of the bridges I notice that the storm water pipes from the bridge and street above stick out very close over the walkway. It might be tricky to be on the walkway in a cloudburst…  and further down a very old building with a tree growing out the side of it, the roots are embedded into the wall and it’s hanging on in a most precarious manner… We joked that this is probably the closest we are ever going to get to walking on water… and set out to enjoy the sunshine…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

4 Comments »

  1. A lovely walkway. You’ve made me want to go there 🙂

    Comment by kiwiskan — June 2, 2013 @ 3:26 am | Reply

    • Kiwiskan,
      I’ve given you the taster… full flavours with tastes, smells and sounds available when you visit in person 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 3, 2013 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  2. What an amazing place to have an adventure. I love that walk.

    Comment by grannyandthebaldguy — June 2, 2013 @ 6:06 am | Reply

    • Granny,
      We were very lucky to have found this place on our second trip here, in beautiful weather instead of the first trip when it did nothing but pelt relentlessly with rain. Sometimes you have to have a little bit of luck( and the weather gods) on your side LOL.

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 3, 2013 @ 8:03 am | Reply


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