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Boom (pronounced "bohm", meaning "tree") is a city in the province of Antwerp. It lies on a tributary of the Schelde, called the Rupel.

Boom is mostly known for its (historical) brick factories. Work in the brick ovens was hard and not very rewarding. Boom has a long tradition of being a rough working class kind of place. In politics, it used to be a socialist and liberal stronghold, but now, like in many other parts of Dutch-speaking Belgium, the mainstream Flemish nationalists have taken over. It still is one of the poorer cities in the area.

Roughly halfway between Antwerp and Brussels, most people nowadays know it because they speed through it in an open highway, which lies in a kind of tunnel without a roof and cuts the town in half.

The highway is not a real highway, as there are some crossroads with traffic lights and many exits, many of them with lots of international chain stores, such as Ikea and Media Markt. It is called the "Boomse Steenweg", some like to go shopping there, others find it hell on earth.

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Last weekend my wife and I got on our rusty bikes again and cycled some two hours south to Boom, not along the "Boomse Steenweg" (thank you) but along some pretty pleasant alternative countryside routes and we finally stopped in Boom itself too. Not exactly a tourist destination, but glad we finally visited it.

This picture is a view towards the central church of Boom from near the Rupel quayside. I loved the graffiti and the light.

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  • Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2913 W: 35 N: 6291] (32926)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2021-06-20
  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-06-21 0:49
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