Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Boat Lifts in Belgium

Hey Friends,

On 5 April we drove with Guy around in Province of Hainaut (Belg: Provincie Henegouwen) in Belgium (French part of Belgium) to see some big Boat Lifts (Waterwerken). Wow they were big. LOL

First we went to see the very new one - Funicular lift of Strephy-Thieu (Scheepslift van Strepy-Thieu). This waterways is a network for 1350t vessels and the difference in level is 73.15 meters. So you can imagine how hard was to climbing up as we didnt want to pay the entrance ticket. The reason why we didnt go inside was actually that the season really starts in May and then its also possible to drive with boat from one lift to another. So we considering to visit these places again :) Meaning we want to take canal cruise Strepy-Thieu to Ronquieres. Would be much more fun we thought :)

Anyhow, the next stop was The Historical Canal Du Centre and its hydraulic lift. Its the oldest construction of the site (1888), hydraulic lift no. 1. Here the level difference was 17 meters.

Next we saw the Slopping Lock of Ronquieres is one the Charloroi-Brussels canal and was built in 1968. It has the level difference of 68 meters and the canal is for vessels of up to 1350t.

Then i saw one boat on the bridge, it came out its a canal for them.. lol.. here is a picture (unfurtunately without boat) and of course the old swingbridge was also impressive. We drove on it with our car and it seemd so unsecure.

And the last stop was Waterloo Battlefield - The Lion Mound. As we both with Guy have visited the Lion and the museum before then we didnt go inside or top of the hill.

So, this was our Easter Monday (Paasmaandag) ;)

I hope you enjoy the pictures and that you had also a great Easter.

My best wishes, hugs,
Gerbel

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