PHOTOS & VIDEOS | Antwerp’s WWI memorial pontoon bridge

October 1914. Belgian troops flee or retreat – depending if you want a euphemism or not – for the advancing German troops by crossing the Scheldt river in Antwerp using a pontoon bridge. Fast forward to 2014. Some 100,000 Antwerpians cross a memorial pontoon bridge, taking selfies.

So, Antwerp is to get a permanent pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Scheldt. Perhaps by 2024. 110 years after World War I

In 2014, Frank and I walked across this temporary pontoon bridge. We did it on the first night, a Friday. A smart move, because lines would become chaos the days after. 

Although the crossing was organised with time slots, organisers didn’t take into account people would take their time to take photos and selfies

It was a special feeling to wak on water as we did. It gave us a idea how wide the river really is.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. icefogger says:

    That is pretty cool.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      It was pretty special. It felt like walking on water.

      Liked by 1 person

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