'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 28 september 2012

Twin cities

Almere is a planned city and the youngest in the Netherlands.
The first houses were finished in 1976 and now it has 
193.000 inhabitants. 
Almere is only 20 miles from Amsterdam 
and has a good public traffic (trains and buses).

Almere maintains international relations 
with the following twin cities:

maandag 24 september 2012

My home is my castle

This castle in Almere has never been finished and is a current ruin. Started in 2000 and stopped after two years because of financial problems. It is based on the design of the 13th century castle Jemeppe in Hargimont in Belgium.

It says:
No admittance for unauthorized persons, report at men at work.
Men at work?

dinsdag 11 september 2012

Old timer and icecream

In the row for an icecream,  for us a little bit too long...
Perhaps the last sunny sunday?

maandag 10 september 2012

Estate Zonnestraal

The estate Zonnestraal is a former sanatorium in Hilversum.
The building was designed by Jan Duiker (1890-1935)  
and is an example of the Nieuwe Bouwen.
In 1995 the estate was submitted to UNESCO’s list of  World Heritage Sites.
It is from 1928 and originally intended for diamond cutters 
who had tuberculeus.
The standard colors of Duiker were white, black 
and a special light blue color: Duiker-Blue.
The renovation started in 1995 and the main building is ready.
Nowadays is he estate the home base for several health centres.
Every last Sunday of the month there are guided tours.

This wing still must be renovated.