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Real Name: Hans Sterkendries - I was born in 1976 and grew up in a small village in Belgium. ********************** I got my first camera at the age of 12 but it wasn't until my studies that I really got hooked. I bought myself a Canon 500N in 1997 and went digital a few years later with the Canon Digital Rebel (300D). Nowadays, I use a Canon 5D, usually with a Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. ************************************ At age 14 I started working as a journalist for different (local) newspapers. What started as a hobby is now a profession: I'm still working as a journalist, mainly as a travel writer because it allows me to combine my job with my passion for travel. I borrowed my life's motto from Mark Twain: "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness". Belgium is still my base camp but a lot of the time I'm on the road. Right now I have pictures from 60 different countries online, not counting Disneyland ;-). ************************************ A few years ago I wanted to share some pictures with friends of mine. I somehow discovered Panoramio and immediately liked the idea of being able to geolocate my pictures. My goal on Panoramio is not to promote myself as a photographer: most pictures are uploaded for the pleasure of sharing them, the pleasure of showing the world. My goal is not to have all my pictures on Google Earth either. I upload all different aspects of travel: people, food, animals... ************************************ My photo titles usually simply state where they are shot and not necessarily what they show. Whenever possible I use the official language of the country. My tags are in English, Dutch and in the official language(s) of the country/region. I apologise if exception are made. My mother tongue is Dutch but I also speak French, English, Spanish and bit of German, Italian and Russian. I try to express myself in my correspondent's language but when I'm in a hurry I usually choose English as a lingua franca. Xenophobic, racist or otherwise offensive comments will be removed and reported to the team. ************************************ With all the travelling going on I have little time for hobbies. This website takes up a good deal of my spare time, I love to read and watch tv series and I'm a scuba diver. You can also find me on a few online networks but this is my major web presence. ************************************ If you have a decent computer processor, hit this link to see my whole gallery: http://cestavoir.free.fr/viewer2.html?68287.

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Joli sarcophage! Amitiés, christian

Wow, this photograph is stunning! I'm very impressed, you captured it very well! ^^

Thanks for the accurate mapping! It helped me map my pictures that I will be uploading shortly...

Greetings from Belgium - Hans

Excelente composición! Like + Fav.

Saludos, Carmeta.

Très jolie série de ce sinistre endroit! Amitiés, christian

c'est toujours avec émotion de voir des photos de ces lieux

beau reportage Like

salutation jpaul

Michael, thank you for bringing this one to my attention. It's a bug that changes the coordinates that I added offline. In this case the value of the latitude was use as longitude and an exact 90° 00' 00" was used as instead. Very annoying.

Best regards from Belgium - Hans

Hans, Thank you for your picture. Great shot! I grew up in this neighborhood in the mid 1940's. This is a great example of the construction of the times. I am guessing this is a Colonial vintage 1800's possibly during Havana's Golden Age.

Great Picture! My Father is buried there courtesy of the Masons.

Schleimer!!!! ;-DDD

...na, aber wenigstens is dir das neue aufgefallen! ;-D

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