March 03, 2012

Le Plat Pays

On the way back from my little excursion to the coast I photographed through the car window the flat country celebrated in Jacques Brel's song "Le Plat Pays". I love this part of Belgium - flat country side with open verdant fields traversed by beautiful canals lined by trees, wonderful also for biking and horse riding. I guess that one of the reasons I like it so much is because of its connection with Jacques Brel. He sang in both French and Dutch. 
I think you will enjoy listening to "Le Plat Pays", one of my very favorite Brel songs, here:


  1. Ja wat een mooi lied is het toch, ken het eigenlijk alleen als "Mijn vlakke land".

  2. ...qui est le mien...
    whawww, Anni... moooiiiii...

  3. Ahhh Jacques has just been crooning Ne me quitte pas on my blog and here he's burst into a new song for me. Lovely accompaniment to your serene photos today.

    BTW, where's that new profile photo Madame? :)

  4. Hallo Anni
    EEn mooi stukje Belgie
    Groeten Bets

  5. Such a beautiful area and what lovely captures, Anni! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Hallo Anni,
    Waarom eigenlijk naar verre lander trekken voor de vakantie als we zo dicht bij huis zulke mooie plekjes kunnen ontdekken?
    Haja... de regen moeten we er natuurlijk bij nemen ;-)

  7. Love the focal point in the centre photo.

  8. I am beginning to like Belgium! Thanks !

  9. Beautiful - calm winter landscapes. These photos give a wonderful feeling of well-being. I am longing to make a return visit to Belgium!

  10. I grew up in the mountains. being north were it's all flat always freaks me out a little ;)

    great pics!!!

  11. This is my biking-territory!
    I think the region between Damme, Knokke and Kaprijke is one of the most beautiful of Belgium!
    And sorry to say, but I can't appreciate Jacques Brel (I guess I am one of the only people in Belgium who can't stand his voice)...

  12. Bieb, t klinkt mooi in alle talen..

    Lies, inderdaad, woon je eigenlijk in Brugge, conclusie die ik trek uit je prachtfoto's van Brugge...?

    Ms Virginia, you now know that I continue to be internet illiterate.. unfortunate to have to admit this here... what is that about a rock event next week?

    Dank Bets

    Thank you, Sylvia!

    Frans, ik denk dat de regen iets is waar we het allemaal vaak over hebben, we can only learn to live with it. veel moois om de balans in de andere richting te doen overhellen.

    Joe and Wong, thank you both ! glad you like

    Linda, what are you waiting for?

    Petra, no need for freaking out here !

    Jeroen, you do not know how lucky you are to live near there... on the other hand, for me, going there is always being on vacation ! Tja, Brel, wat kan ik daar op zeggen... jammer...

  13. Super perspective avec ce canal qui file en ligne droite..

  14. Mijn vlakke land, het mooiste gedeelte van Vlaanderen

  15. een voor mij niet onbekend le plat pays heeft inderdaad zijn charmes...

  16. You know as soon as I saw the title of your post “Le Pays Plat,” before I read it I thought about Jacques Brel. Your photos illustrate it so well.

  17. Merci pour la visite et commentaire, Olivier, cela fait toujours plaisir.

    Mijnnikonenik, we zijn het eens!

    Willy, charme met hopen inderdaad!

    Vagabonde, super, je suppose que ce sont les antécédents européens responsables du fait que notre Jacques est connu à Atlanta !

  18. J'aime beaucoup cette ligne de peupliers ! C'est vraiment un paysage très symbolique de nos régions!

  19. Ici aussi, c'est plat, et on n'en fait pas tout un fromage !

  20. Jacques Robert, j'ai aussi un petit faible pour ces peupliers.

    Alain, dommage, c'est si bon le fromage.

  21. wat kon hij het mooi bezingen :)
    even terug doorge"bladerd" en je reisverhaal doorgelezen
    wat een mooie trip zeg!

  22. Am looking forward to visiting this beautiful country very, very soon.

  23. Comme il l'avait bien chanté ton plat Pays.

  24. Now that is flat! Looks like lovely countryside.

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