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  • travel advice
    Travel advice ('Reisadvies') at the train station...
  • klever reichswald
    The Klever Reichswald , a great stretch of dark beechwood between Nijmegen and Kleef, where the Dutch LAW 6 ends and the path continues as the European E8 .
  • wistman's wood
    Names, science, history... not even the most adamantly down-to-earth botanist thinks of species and ecologies when he or she first stands at Wistman's Wood. It is too stra
  • the undercliff
    There runs, between Lyme Regis and Axmouth six miles to the west, one of the strangest coastal landscapes in Southern England. From the air it is not very striking; one no
  • memory of holland vs boutade
    After Slauerhoff's sarcastic sketch of Holland's social landscape, here are two more visions of Holland, pitting the idealized landscape of Marsman's ' Memory of Holland '
  • patterns gallery
    Here's the start of a new photo gallery, called patterns , collecting abstract images of organic and inorganic, natural and industrial structures. The image that best illu
  • just fire no works
    The new year's bonfire in Scheveningen, a roaring inferno that made the surrounding fireworks seem puny and pointless - like carrying water to the sea. This is the bonfire
  • the papal palace
    The papal palace in Avignon, the Palais des Papes , in winter is a rather bleak and draughty place, with only glimpses of its onetime splendor. The curious mix of fortress
  • november light
    In his recently discussed poem 'November' , J.C. Bloem describes the peculiar Dutch light of this month of rain and gloomy fog as "ongekleurd namiddaglicht", literally "co
  • glasgow street art
    Some great street art spotted in Glasgow... 'Girl with magnifying glass' by Smug (note the girl's necklace - more visible here ) and 'Balloon-floating taxi' by Rogue-One .
  • scotland: ullapool
    The highland country surrounding Ullapool. The rainbow over Loch Achall was unfortunately too large and valley-arching to fit on my camera...
  • scotland: skye
    On the Isle of Skye, skirting the invisible Cuillin , and back in the town of Portree.
  • scotland: ben nevis
    After Snowdon (Wales) and Carrauntoohil (Ireland), Ben Nevis had to be next - at 1344m Scotland's and the UK's highest mountain.
  • scotland: iona
    The Isle of Iona lies just off the coast of Mull, in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Iona Abbey, founded by St Columba in the 6th century, is one of the oldest centers of Chris
  • water gallery
    I've started a new photo gallery called Water , collecting, well, self-explanatory reflections. Some have shown up before as backgrounds or travel pix. The photos above we
  • hortus leaves
    A variety of leaves from the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the oldest in the Netherlands, dating back to 1590. The Leiden Hortus also includes a Japanese garden dedicated to
  • dejima stories
    The tiny fan-shaped island of Dejima in the harbor of Nagasaki played a fascinating role in the history of Japan and the Netherlands. As the most far-flung trading post of
  • inasayama view
    A brief April thunderstorm over Nagasaki, seen from the top of Inasayama. The view is officially best at night.
  • setouchi art triennale 2013
    After its inaugural edition in 2010, the second Setouchi Art Triennale continues to build on its unique formula: a breathtaking location in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan an
  • the great wall of china
    The Great Wall of China in Badaling, an hour north of Beijing, on a quiet day. These days two other Chinese walls need to be mentioned as well, the Great Firewall and the
  • beijing advertising
    (No, that switchboard isn't part of the poster.)
  • beijing crowds
    Beijing's Forbidden City, the former imperial palace that these days is simply called the Palace Museum , draws tourists in tremendous thronging numbers. Much of its mysti
  • xi'an stelae
    The most impressive museum in Xi'an, China's ancient capital of Chang'an, houses the Forest of Stelae, a vast collection of ancient literature and calligraphy, all engrave
  • dunhuang desert & caves
    From Sichuan further northwest to China's traditional desert frontier, where the Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang lies on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert - quite literally, w
  • danba & kangding
    From the perpetually cloudy valleys of central Sichuan to the crystal clear air and high altitude sunlight of what is historically Kham , the Western province of the Tibet
  • qingcheng shan
    Mount Qingcheng, west of Chengdu, with its steep gorge paths, vertical landscapes and timeworn shrines and temples, shows where classical Chinese painters got their inspir
  • chengdu textures
    An impression of Chengdu's unlikely mixture of frenetic boomtown and contemplative tea gardens... Update: In retrospect this image seems to sum up Spring in Chengdu much b
  • china trainscapes
    China's vastness seen through dirty train windows, in transit between Guangzhou and Chengdu.
  • guangzhou spring
    Guangzhou in early March, already shimmering with heat and hazy skyscrapers on the horizon, including the soaring curves of the Canton Tower .
  • macau deities
    Hidden behind its modern facade of dazzling casinos, Macau's old town offers a fascinating blend of Chinese and Portuguese culture and religion, symbolized by the ruins of
  • hong kong fog
    Hong Kong in early March, both its iconic skyline and extensive mountain areas (great hiking territory !) shrouded in fog. For proper Hong Kong photography, Michael Wolf's
  • fireworks over rotterdam
  • content definition
    Just a reminder of the meaning of content, before such abstractions as the verbal and audiovisual stuff to fill websites with... English: "Content: state of mind in which
  • oil & mixed media on canvas
    Another meta-painting , seen in Antwerp. (Haven't been able to find out who the artist is.) I wonder what the title of a print of this photograph should be...
  • waiting time
    Seen at a Rotterdam tram stop: "Waiting takes 73 seconds per minute" ("Wachten duurt 73 sec. p/min.").
  • the africa museum
    The Africa Museum in Tervuren, just outside of Brussels, houses a gigantic collection of ethnographic and zoological artifacts from Belgium's former colonies in Central Af
  • deaf2012: sealed
    Some interesting work at the Dutch Electronic Art Festival 2012 exhibition that's on at the former post office in Rotterdam. One highlight is ' Sealed ' by Jessica de Boer
  • andalucia: mulhacén
    To top off the GR7 , a detour to climb the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, and of the Iberian peninsula: Mulhacén. Its snowy peak afforded views of the Mediterranean an
  • andalucia: alhama de granada - sierra nevada
    Some impressions of walking part of the southern fork of the GR7 in Andalucia, roughly from Alhama de Granada, through the Alpujarras and towards the white peaks of the Si
  • only you only me
    BIP2012 , short for the 8th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège, Belgium, has on offer an enjoyably eclectic exploration of the theme 'Images of
  • radio kootwijk
    In a (by Dutch standards) remote part of the Veluwe stands the monumental radio tower of Radio Kootwijk . Built in 1923 as a long-distance telegraphic station for the then
  • everything must go
    Seen in Rotterdam, 'Alles moet weg' ('Everything must go'). Also posted in the Words gallery .
  • cabo de são vicente
    Cabo de São Vicente is the very south-western tip of Portugal (and Europe), and the cliff of the Promontorium Sacrum, as the Romans called it, was the last land the Portug
  • lisbon murals
  • lisbon winter
  • the law
    They seem to be rare these days, Loesje posters in the wild. This one, spotted in Rotterdam, is an archetypical example of her linguistic wit and anti-authoritarian satire
  • money doesn't exist
    Spotted in Amsterdam, one of the saner responses to the financial crisis... "Geld bestaat niet" ("Money doesn't exist").
  • fog in the polder
    (Photos taken around the Reeuwijkse Plassen.)
  • northern ireland: the antrim coast
  • ireland: connemara
  • ireland: skellig michael
    Off the coast of south-western Ireland, at the edge of the known world (in the Middle Ages at least), lie two rocks jutting out of the Atlantic, known as the Skellig Islan
  • ireland: carrauntoohil
    After Wales' Snowdon two years ago, this is Ireland's highest peak, Carrauntoohil in County Kerry. And as a bonus on the way back, this moment of pastoral beauty... Note:
  • insel hombroich
    In the rolling Rhineland fields near Neuss lies the Museum Insel Hombroich , a spacious park that's also a museum, with both open air sculpture and graphic work housed in
  • miyajima torii
    Located on Miyajima in the Seto Inland Sea, Itsukushima Shrine with its famous gate (torii) that appears to be floating on the water is one of the canonical Three Views of
  • a-bomb dome
    When the nuclear bomb named Little Boy hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, one of the very few buildings left standing in the city was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Pr
  • tintesmillen - rodershausen
    ...And following the Our on the Luxembourg-Germany border.
  • grüfflingen - tintesmillen
    ...Past the Belgium-Luxembourg-Germany tripoint and into the Our valley...
  • vielsalm - grüfflingen
    Continuing the trail in Vielsalm, through the eastern outskirts of the Ardennes...
  • nieuw vossemeer - bergen op zoom
  • herkingen - nieuw vossemeer
  • goedereede - herkingen
  • rockanje - goedereede
  • brielle - rockanje
  • maassluis - brielle
  • hoek van holland - maassluis
  • baalbek
    The city of Baalbek , in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley , was in ancient times known as Heliopolis (not to be confused with the Egyptian city of the same name). These days it sell
  • beirut, beyroutes
    Once called the Paris of the East, these days Beirut may remind more of Berlin, with its glaring contrasts, open wounds and vibrant energy. Divided and laid to waste durin
  • loch lomond
    Loch Lomond , Scotland's, and in fact Britain's, largest lake, dressed in the purplish hues of autumn...
  • edinburgh castle
    (Only a few phone snapshot details of Edinburgh Castle I'm afraid...)
  • texel
  • ardennes: stavelot - vielsalm
  • ardennes: spa - stavelot
  • green limes
    This green line of light is part of a project to mark the ancient boundaries of the Roman castellum in Utrecht ( Traiectum ), which was also the nothern frontier ( limes )
  • setouchi international art festival
    A bit like a fractal image, the archipelago of Japan contains the Seto Inland Sea , located between the main islands of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū, which in turn contains
  • hokkaido vistas
    Hokkaidō, Japan's northern island, is where civilisation gives way to vast stretches of wilderness - pristine forests, vulcanic mountains, caldera lakes and desolate sea s
  • temple gardens
    Japanese gardens, where the moss is hand-swept and the grass hand-shaven, are living works of art, striving to balance meticulous craftmanship with the unpredictable prope
  • bamboo forest
    The Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto. (Camera died here, so these are phone snapshots.)
  • tokyo windows
    The bottom image is an artwork called 'Snow' by Yoshioka Tokujin , part of the ' Sensing Nature ' exhibition at the Mori Art Museum . Subtitled 'Rethinking the Japanese pe
  • tokyo surfaces
    Update: For the most probable locations of these photos, see this Tokyo map of where locals and tourists take pictures.
  • overheated camera
    This is what Japan - at 38°C, 100% humidity - looked like when my camera gave up the ghost... More Actual travel photos soon.
  • ghentian hecklers
    Spectators at the Gentse Feesten , frowned upon by an opera house of Statler and Waldorf s...
  • tour lore
    Rotterdam getting ready for the Tour de France with some nice Tour lore oneliners... Above: "De Tour win je in bed" ("You win the Tour in bed") Below: "Ik reed lek en de r
  • wind-up stone
    Seen in Vlissingen (or Flushing as it's called in English), this sculpture by Jan Haas . Officially titled: 'Duizenden jaren deel van / een massief / op het punt van beweg
  • iznik
    Just south of Istanbul, İznik (note the dotted i, to distinguish from the Turkish undotted ı) is better known to history as Nicaea, the city where much of the original hai
  • istanbul lights
    Istanbul's Aya Sofya , Grand Bazaar , Topkapi Palace Harem and Istiklal Caddesi .
  • istanbul & the bosporus
    To be travelling through the middle of a city as great, historic and forlorn as Istanbul, and yet to feel the freedom of the open sea - that is the thrill of a trip along
  • an axe for the frozen sea inside us
    Great hard-hitting Kafka quote, spotted in Den Bosch, "Een boek: "Een bijl voor de bevroren zee in ons" ("A book: An axe for the frozen sea inside us").
  • most people are other people
    "De meeste mensen zijn andere mensen" - or in English: "Most people are other people" - on the former Heineken building in Rotterdam. It's a quote from the king of epigram
  • praying woman
    Great wall painting in Rotterdam, by Brazilian artist Dante Horoiwa . Part of the Reflexo on Urban Art festival, which invited "10 Brazilian graffiti artists to paint huge
  • shopping astronaut
    Almost forgot to post this stencil graffiti from Stokes Croft, Bristol, which seems to be by an artist called SPQR . (Actually a better photo is this one .) Meanwhile that
  • silent monologue
    Strange sight, ' Not I ' playing soundlessly on a large screen / billboard at Amsterdam Zuid-WTC station. As reviewed before , the film, starring Julianne Moore , is part
  • wales: snowdon
    Wales' highest mountain Snowdon at 1,085 meters. (The UK's highest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland.)
  • wales: betws-y-coed
    Near the village of Betws-y-Coed (pronounce Betoos-er-Coid) in Snowdonia , north-western Wales.
  • wales: st davids
    On the western tip of Wales lies the village (officially a city) of St Davids . Its cathedral was founded by Welsh patron saint David in the fifth century, and became an i
  • wales: gower
    Gower is the small peninsula south of Swansea , with a beautiful coastline including Worm's Head (top two photos) and Three Cliffs Bay overlooked by the ruins of Pennard C
  • florence graffiti
    Just launched a new snapshots gallery , powered by Zenphoto , to replace the old manual one. It'll need some tweaking, but the basics of straightjacketting the layout and
  • florence sculpture
    Some random samples of sculpture from the overwhelming open-air museum that is Florence... So overwhelming, in fact, that the city has been known to induce Stendhal syndro
  • florence skyline
    The skyline of Florence is dominated by a single building, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore , or simply the Duomo. Though the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio vies with i
  • bokeh
    Word of the day: ' bokeh ', Japanese for fuzzy/blurry, and borrowed in English for the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas in photographs and film, most notable when s
  • mastbos
  • 100 films
    Bit of an abstract milestone, but the previous post marked the 100th entry tagged with film on this blog. That's 100 reviews (well, not quite, some are just quotes or link
  • coptic egypt
    At more than 10% of the population, the Copts are a sizable minority in Egypt, and in most towns church towers can be seen side by side with the mosque minarets. The Copti
  • modern egypt
    For a glimpse of modern Egypt, look no further than the Bibliotheca Alexandrina , the futuristic new incarnation of the great library of antiquity. A giant disc rising fro
  • ancient egypt
    Herodotos was definitely right about the staggering number of ancient monuments to be found in Egypt. What's even more mindboggling is how well they are preserved, survivi
  • flower wolf
    Seen at Wereld van Witte de With this weekend.
  • city wildlife
  • tales of the alhambra
    The swan song of the Moors in Europe, the 14th century Alhambra palace remains suffused with exotic mystery. Located on a hilltop overlooking Granada , its fortified walls
  • morocco: essaouira
    After the sand dunes of the Sahara and the beehive of Marrakesh, the lazy Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira provides yet another of Morocco's many contrasts. Named Mogado
  • morocco: marrakesh
    The old medina of Marrakesh stretches the concept of a city to its very limit with a labyrinthine density of alleyways and souks , donkeys and scooters, veiled women and h
  • morocco: m'hamid
    On the edge of the Sahara, at the end of the asphalt road, lies the sleepy town of M'Hamid (with the h pronounced with excessive aspiration), where the camel caravans used
  • too bad
  • czech winter
  • christmas angel in prague
  • double negation
    Curious notice at the entrance of my local supermarket... The text says: "No entrance for (high school) students between 12:15 and 1:15 PM." (Not a very convincing stateme
  • october in munich, pt. 2
    ...To the serene Indian summer mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen , an hour south of Munich...
  • october in munich, pt. 1
    From the massive Maß 'd hectivity of Munich's Oktoberfest ...
  • bruges
  • the world of witte de with
    Just a quick impression of last weekend's The World of Witte de With festival in Rotterdam, where the theme was heroes and all the windows were decorated with texts rangin
  • shed a tear
    Amid all the reconstruction chaos of Rotterdam's Central Station , you'd almost overlook a poetic tribute to the old station, designed by Sybold van Ravesteyn in 1957 and
  • canal sunset
    Just an old dug-up photograph, taken years ago (probably around 2001) in Amsterdam. I'm tempted to say, back when we had real summers. Update: For a larger version, see my
  • unknown sage
    No idea who this sculpture is of or by (nor to what extent its weather-worn appearance is intentional). It's located in front of the Neptune Grotto of the Sanssouci Palace
  • mexico: real de catorce
    Some eight hours further north from Guanajuato (see previous post ), in the middle of nowhere, the small mountain town of Real de Catorce is an oasis of quiet surrounded b
  • mexico: guanajuato
    A couple of hours north of Mexico City, the beautiful old city of Guanajuato is tucked away in the mountains. With one of the richest silver mines in the world (20% of the
  • mexico: tenochtitlan
    Mexico City, formerly known as Tenochtitlan , the capital of the Aztecs , was built on an island in Lake Texcoco and one of the world's largest cities by the time it was d
  • mexico: teotihuacán
    So, to finally delve into Mexico, with the awe-inspiring archeological site of Teotihuacán , just north-east of Mexico City. Built by unknown predecessors of the Aztecs (w
  • berlin slogans 2
    To keep things chronological, some more Berlin before moving on to Mexico. Compare the propaganda in West Berlin (on the Kaufhaus des Westens ) and East Berlin...
  • berlin slogans
    More to follow. First, off to Mexico... Update: The above neon cry, in front of Berlin's Deutsches Theater , is of course a quote from Goethe 's ' Faust ' (as was kindly p
  • wooden apples
    'Appels', Heemraadsingel Rotterdam, by Kees Franse .
  • munich isar
  • london cctv
  • not my bike
  • muiderslot
  • south africa: on the road
  • south africa: winter
  • howth yellow
  • dublin green
  • weird little plant
  • new year's resolutions, pt. 3
    Do more photographing, so you don't have to resort to pix from the old box (Dutchism, sorry) to liven things up. This case in point is from grbl!#%tss 2004.
  • advice of the day
  • dresdner frauenkirche
    Dresden , eastern Germany's 'Elbflorenz' (Florence on the Elbe) has a new Frauenkirche , complete with its famous ' Steinerne Glocke ' (Stone Bell). Once the skyline domin
  • weerribben
  • giethoorn
  • shanghai contrasts
  • stern decorations
    On the last day of SAIL Amsterdam '05 , finally got to see some of the many tall ships. There is some confusion about the name of the Dutch East Indies Company replica shi
  • munich giant
  • spring shades of green
  • dachau
    Where one sculpture says more than the whole two hour tour... Update: Larger version posted in the Places photo gallery .
  • canvas amsterdam
    Cool collection of critical aphorisms someone called Laser 3:14 (bible reference? pi-obsession?) decorates the walls of Amsterdam with. See them all @ www.dekliek.nl/artic
  • a hint of winter
  • hometown sightseeing
  • all we saw of antwerp today
  • christmas angel reading a book
  • trainview mirror
  • time, pt. 1
  • a tourist's view of the world...
  • free pizza tomorrow
  • british sign-fetish in london
  • fireworks preset on my camera

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