November 4, 2009

Bachten de Kupe


glasses, glasses, glasses...

"Bachten de Kupe" is a small area in West-Flanders, Belgium, pinched between the river the "Yser", the Northsea and the French border - literally it means outside the river bed. We spent most of our Sunday afternoon driving through rain and wind, exploring that specific area and that's how we ended up at the "Bachten de Kupe Openluchtmuseum", an open air museum I never heard of before, but which we'll visit again I'm sure.

The museum consists of small houses that once stood in the area, and which have been reconstructed at the museum's site. Every house is dedicated to a particular theme (a shoe repair store, a doctor's office, a school, a presbytery, a hair salon, a grocery store, a post office...) and harbors a great collection of items from the old days. This place is a little gem, really!

My girls just loved it and not just because of the Halloween-themed search game.
M. fell in love with the school building and back in the car she kept on repeating she would like to go back into time, just to be able to go to a school like that and to be able to play in the fields in summer with the other kids of town...
She has some very romantic ideas of what life must have been like back then!

Of course I took a million of pictures - and not using a flash gave the pictures that little bit of grain, which kind of suits the subject ... Well, that's what I keep telling my self when looking a the blurry ones...
For more pictures, feel free to visit my Flickr photostream.


medicines in the typical brown bottles which I even remember from when I was a kid. I just love those labels where the pharmacist would write the dosage on...



Isn't that poster funny, right above the obstetrician's table...?



these look so much nicer than the alarm clocks we have nowadays - maybe one of those would get me out of bed in the morning...



It's not a Jean-Paul Gauthier, nor did it belong to Madonna - I've no idea what it is, but we found it at the butcher's...


Vlees geeft kracht - Meat gives you strength...


M.'s favorite class room...


teaching supplies

6 comments:

Jacqui said...

When I was at University I had a summer job at a museum like that called Fort Edmonton. I was a costumed 'interpreter' working on 1885 street. Sometimes, just before the park opened and all the other interpreters were out and about, the horses pulling a wagon down the street, the Mountie wandering down the boardwalk, it seemed almost real. Then the tourist hordes would descend and the magic was gone ;)

blue moss said...

What a fabulous place. Reminds me a little bit of going to greenfield village in michigan (where I grew up).I loved seeing how things used to be. The fabric store was always my favorite :)
Michelle

cindy said...

it's a little bit scary, but so interesting. i can see you enjoyed all the different collections. i think the mood of the photos is perfect. i would not want to have to lie down on that table - oh boy!

karen said...

Historic museums are wonderful, and I enjoyed looking at your photos. Imagine going to school in room like that! I really like your Flickr photo of lots of old telephones. Might that sparkly thing be a chain mail apron? I think I saw one on TV; a ship's cook wore it. Who knew those aprons had been around for so long?

nicole/brussels said...

mooie foto's, en zeggen dat ik ooit op zo'n bank in de klas gezeten heb!
de metalen bescherming, denk ik net als karen, dient in feite als bescherming, door oa beenhouwers gedragen om zich te behoeden van snijwonden tijdens het "uitbenen" van de karkassen!

Pascale said...

It is a fabulous place for sure! I so much enjoyed looking at all these old things - wondering about who they once belonged too, what life must have been like back then...

I think Karen and Nicole are right about the metallic apron - it makes perfectly sense. Quite some weight to carry all day, if you ask me...

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