Category Archives: Netherlands

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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Rotterdam

A day trip to Rotterdam and a chance to see the dramatic new station again: Having no “must-sees” in mind, I was free to wander. I found the Lijnbaan pedestrianised shopping street; the lettering and the layout seem to be … Continue reading

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Today’s nature thought for the day

I do hope Sebastian has seen this.

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