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Whimsical Giethoorn – a photo essay

Do you play Monopoly? Then, amongst the likes of Amsterdam, London and New York, you may have noticed Giethoorn. The tiny Dutch village managed to capture enough votes to win a place on the international edition of this most capitalist of board games. Idyllic little Giethoorn is known as the Venice of Northern Europe. Not […]

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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 Den Haag (The Hague) is Scheveningen, famous for its long sandy beach, […]

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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 […]

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