'In Almere is alles nieuw; daar is geen replica uit de Gouden Eeuw te vinden. Het heeft zijn korte geschiedenis, die meer is dan charme, en wie er goed kijkt zal het geen moeite kosten te zien dat de nieuwe stad en het nieuwe land ook mooi zijn, weergaloos.'

'Everything in Almere is new; there are no replica's from the Golden Age to be found here. It has a short history which is more than charm , and for those who observe carefully it will not be difficult to see that the new town and new land have an unparalleled beauty of their own.'

From: De ontdekking van Almere, H.J.A. Hofland

vrijdag 29 juli 2011

Railway station

This is the Central Station of Almere, 22 km. from Amsterdam.
The station building has a glass roof and the tracks and platforms
are elevated above street level.
Architect: Peter Kilsdonk.

donderdag 21 juli 2011

Allotment garden

At the edge of the town where I live I have an allotment with a piece of garden.

We had a lot of rain last weeks but now it is going better.
I was there to-day and it was wunderful.

My new painted little house

The first bean!

Part of the garden

Little memories of the brocantes in France on a Dutch tablecloth.

woensdag 20 juli 2011

Apple Core

Klokhuis (Apple Core) is a well-known, educational television program for children.

They organized a competition for children to design a house to live in.
1.177 little architects made a plan and the result is a pink cake-house, with a slide from inside to outside and a bath where you can look to the stars.
The children choose for durable materials as solar panels, a windmill and the use of rainwater for the toilet.
The Apple Core has been built in Almere, in the newest quarter 'Almere Poort'
Princess Maxima opened the house on June 9th.

zondag 17 juli 2011

Sculptures in Ootmarsum

I was a few days in Ootmarsum.
Ootmarsum is a mediaeval town in the east of Holland.
You can find many objects of art in the streets, there are also a lot of galleries.
The folklore is inextricably bound up with with the history of the town.
Here some pictures.