'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



zaterdag 17 december 2011


 Saint's Figures

In the Pub "The Eleven Commandment" in Antwerpen, near the cathedral, 
there are hundreds of Saint's figures.
If you wish you have a wide choice 
to choose more than one patron saint!





zondag 11 december 2011



Art Nouveau

I was a few days in Antwerpen and of course we visited the new museum The Mas.
A wunderful building and expositions.
But we also walked through Zurenborg, an area in south-east of Antwerpen, developed between 1894 and 1906 that features a high concentration of townhouses in Art Nouveau and other fin-de-siècle styles.
In the Cogels Osylei a pleasant white corner house: The Sunflower. The architect played with open and closed surfaces. Every window is very special and unique. The biggest one has the form of a horseshoe.


Groups of individual houses were sometimes combined to form a general theme and are intended to be experienced as co-ordinated designs rather than as individual units.
Here two of 'the four seasons':