'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 24 augustus 2012


The heather is beautiful at this moment. 
This is the heather on the edge of my birthplace Bussum, in the distance
the watertower of Laren.

And another picture

vrijdag 17 augustus 2012

Piet Potlood (Pete Pencil)

In Meije, a village in the Dutch province of South Holland, 
rises this water tower high above the flat polder.
Becaus of his form is the nickname 'Pete Pencil'.
It can be seen from many towns and villages in the area.
The tower has been built in 1931-1932

vrijdag 10 augustus 2012

Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam is a dependency of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg on the Amstel river in Amsterdam.The dependency is located at the former Amstelhof, a classical style building from 1681. The dependency has been displaying small exhibitions in a side building next to the Amstelhof since 24 February 2004. The full museum was opened on 19 June 2009.

At this moment, until 13-01-2013 there is an exhibition of Impressionism.

Claude Monet: Woman in a garden (1867)

Auguste Rodin: Eternal printemps (1897)

maandag 6 augustus 2012

Japanese in Holland

It is a long time ago I wrote something on my blog. Back again! 
Last week I made a cycling- and sailing tour through the south of Holland. 
We also slept on the boat. It was wunderful to cycle along 
all the rivers and canals.

Our boat the 'Christina'

Kinderdijk is situated in a polder at the confluence 
of the Lek and Noord Rivers.
To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740.
This group of mills is the largest concentration of old 
windmills in the Netherlands.
The windmills of Kinderdijk are of the best known tourist sites.
They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Of course we had rain now and then.....