'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

donderdag 10 mei 2012

The French countryside: à la campagne!

This weekend I am going with Paul for a week to Burgundy in France 
to look for a little second house.
Here some pictures of the regio I like: 
The Morvan where we have been lived for two years.

dinsdag 1 mei 2012


Yesterday it was wunderful weather and we took 
the bikes for a ride to Lelystad, 25 km from Almere.
Lelystad is, just like Almere, a rather new town, 
the first inhabitants came there in1967.
 Lelystad has its own inland port, several marinas and canals that also help to manage the water levels in the polder.

I saw this ‘statue’ made of iron, rather funny.

This is a replica of a replica etc. – rather fake! – of Batavia, 
a ship of the Dutch East India Company(VOC). 
It has been built in Amsterdam in 1628 and armed with 24 cast iron cannone and a number of brunze guns. Batavia was wasshipwrecked in 1629 
on her maiden voyage and was made famous by the subsequent 
munity and massacre that took place among the survivors.