Averbode Abbey – Part 2


The Abbey is much bigger than what can be visited. Next to the church is a little store where one can buy books, Christian paraphernalia, Abbey cheese and Averbode Abbey beer.

I am not sure of it is still the case but in my youth Averbode Abbey was inextricably linked with Catholic inspired schools.

Averbode Abbey  - Main Entrance (2015) Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Averbode Abbey – Main Entrance (2015)
Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

To keep self-sufficient the Abbey has also a publishing house called, and I translate, The Good Press.

Averbode Abbey  - The Church (2015) Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Averbode Abbey – The Church (2015)
Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

I grew up with their publications for young children like “Zonnestraal” (Sunbeam) and then, when I was eleven or so and for years to come the unforgettable weekly “Vlaamse Filmpjes” (Flemish Films or so). They started publishing it in 1930 and as far as I know it still is being published.

Averbode Abbey - Abbot's House (2015) Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Averbode Abbey – Abbot’s House (2015)
Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

In the very late Sixties and early Seventies I still had to go to school on Saturday morning till noon. It was a compensation for the free Wednesday afternoons.
Oh how did I look forward for this weekly booklet. Thrillers, detectives, love stories; it was a heavenly surprise. Most of these stories were written by know to well know Flemish writers.

For most children it was their first contact with literature and boy did I stay hooked as I still read a lot.

Averbode Abbey - Abbot's House  with mirror pond (2015) Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Averbode Abbey – Abbot’s House with mirror pond (2015)
Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 28mm and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
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