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11 most popular Instagrams in July 2015

The most popular Instagrams in July come from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Spain. Let’s get to it: 11. Antwerp mural. Much as I adore Tin Tin, there’s more to Belgian street art and murals than Hergé’s intrepid journo. Here’s a wall in Antwerp. 10 Art Nouveau Pavillion in San Sebastian. During the summer holidays, the […]

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World at a Glance: The Mesdag Panorama – walking into the painting

In the Mesdag Panorama, you step into the painting: a 3D, 360° image of Scheveningen of another era; the people, the beach, and the rough North Sea. You’re in a museum – and you’re on the beach!

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Amsterdam in December

A short post today, with just a few images of Amsterdam in December. The shops are brimming with Christmassy cheer… … baubles, toys and fancy bags. And colours. Bright, warm colours inviting you in from the cold. I like Amsterdam in winter. Bikes are out in all kinds of weather, of course… The Canals of […]

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Container living on Scheveningen Beach

Container living? It might sound dismal, but can actually be cool. As you might know, I like quirky and unusual accommodations. So when I was given a chance to sleep in a shipping container, well, I couldn’t turn it down, could I… Outside the Hague is Scheveningen, famous for its long sandy beach, its pier, […]

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Rotterdam by Instagram

Ah, Rotterdam. It’s been more than 20 years since I saw you for the first time and I must admit I wasn’t impressed. Back then, you had the world’s largest port. These days, it’s relegated to 4th place, surpassed by Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Singapore. That’s to be expected from Asian tigers. Europoort is still by […]

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World at a Glance: Green bikes – and scooters – in Amsterdam

As I write this I’m on my way to the Netherlands, never mind it being 17 May, Norway’s National Day, which, you may recall, is bigger than Christmas.

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Anne Frank still speaks to us

For two frightening years of World War II, Prinsengracht 263 was the secret address of the world’s most famous diarist. Queuing outside, I try to imagine this street as it must have looked 70 years ago. The gabled canal houses are the same, as is the canal flowing by. Bicycles are still a major means of transportation in the Netherlands. These bicycles even look like they could have been in use in the 1940s.

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