Category Archives: Netherlands

Woerden to the Hook of Holland

Got lost in Zoetemeer this time (and not for the first time either) but Delft was a breeze. I noticed that my photographs make Dutch brickwork in the sunshine look like needlepoint tapestries. Advertisements

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Amersfoort to Woerden

On a map, the centre of Woerden is obviously star-shaped. I’m used to seeing the shape at the edge of towns: it’s usually the fortress. Here it’s the whole town that was fortified and bounded by the Singel. It was … Continue reading

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Last day in Den Haag

Another cogwheel to add to my collection, but it isn’t held by an allegorical female so doesn’t score highly. I set off to walk to the Gemeentemuseum. (It’s been interesting not having a bicycle in Holland. Progress is slow, but that’s … Continue reading

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A former bicycle shop

I went back after breakfast to photograph the frieze and tympanum of a former bicycle shop (1903, Z Hoek and J T Wouters). The front is all glass and minimal wrought iron until you get to the top: Bike-building babies! … Continue reading

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Parakeets

My hotel room is on the fourth floor overlooking the Paleistuin, so this was my view this morning. (At first I thought “oh, a parakeet . . . oh, two parakeets . . . oh, there are loads of them!”)

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Art nouveau in Den Haag

For the cost of a walking leaflet – €2.50 – I had an enjoyable afternoon looking at Art Nouveau/Jugendstil buildings in the centre of Den Haag. The Dutch variety uses too much glazed brick for my taste (but that’s what … Continue reading

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Today’s nature thought for the day

Kieviten are lapwings – peewits. It’s obvious when you say the word out loud.

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