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 […]
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!
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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.