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But soon it will be Christmas and we will be happy again!

Liège (B)

I do see a tree!

“If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,
To where the grown-up river slips
Into the sea among the ships ….”

(R. Stevenson in A children’s garden of verses)
Liège-Chênée (B)

Stopping prohibition and a water tower

“There will be quiet open spaces,
and shady towers sweet with bells,
and quiet folks with quiet faces,
walking among these miracles.”

(H. Wolfe in The dream-city)
Chênée (B)

Monuments of consumerism

“In den angenehmen Büschen,
Wo sich Licht und Schatten mischen,
Suchet sich in stiller Lust
Aug’ und Herze zu erfrischen;
Dann erheb’t sich aus der Brust
Mein zufriedenes Gemüte,
Und lobsingt des Schöpfers Güte …”

(B.H. Brockes in Irdisches Vergnügen in Gott)
Bottrop (D)

Don’t fly away from me!

"Often in the white clouds that appear on the horizon 
It seems that as an angel you fly towards me, 
And hold out your arms never to leave me again.
Ah, tell me, ah, say if there is anything 
that conjures up an image of me for you!"

(Unidentified author in All'amante lontano, transl. by L. Claycomb)
Amsterdam (NL)