4 maart 2015

The Habit

´The Habit´ in the old city-centre of York is, as they say a `cute and cosy café-bar with a bit of an olde worlde feel and delightfully ramshackle furniture'. Word is that the building used to be an outlier of the Minster, putting up travelling monks...

We made this photo in the Summer of 2014 in the U.K.

Linking to Lesley's signs, signs.

3 maart 2015

The Forest Spiral model

Following up on yesterday´s post one more example of organic architecture by Hundertwasser. This is a scale model (1:50) of 'The Forest Spiral of Darmstadt', a residential building complex with 105 flats built at the end of the 1990s in Darmstadt, Germany. The U-shaped building has a diagonal roof and each of the about 1,000 windows are unique, no two windows are the same. And another peculiar fact are its 'tree tenants' - trees growing out from the windows...
Even the model was amazing to see, imagine what it like seeing this complex in real!   :) 

The photo was taken in Museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde, and the model is part of the exhibition 'The Third Skin'.

2 maart 2015

Hundertwasser tower

Museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde is a rather small museum though worth a visit because of their interesting exhibitions throughout the year. Until April 11 they present an exhibition about organic architecture, which they describe as 'architecture combined with art and nature'. With scale models, drawings, photos and paintings the work of Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), and the architect agency Alberts & Van Huut (established in 1963) is showed.

One of the first things that caught my eye in the museum was this model (scale 1:50) that looked like a building from a fantasy film, but is in fact a 35 m high observation tower that was designed by Hundertwasser and built on the grounds of a brewery in Bavaria, Germany. On top is a gold-plated observation ball that has a 10 meter diameter... (!) Unfortunately Hundertwasser died in the year 2000 during the tower's planning phase, so he never saw the actual result. 

1 maart 2015


Sun, rain, sun, rain... This is earlier today just outside the village of Exloo at the nature area ´Molenveld´.

28 februari 2015

From the archives #55

South Africa (2006)
During our stay in Durban we made a trip to the Valley of a 1000 Hills, and visited the PheZulu Village to see one of the magnificent and rhythmical Zulu dancing performances. In between shows these 2 dancers were enjoying their view over the valley.

Enjoy your weekend!

27 februari 2015

A sign of Spring?

I enjoyed a visit to Museum Buitenplaats in Eelde yesterday, and of course also had a look in its beautiful museum garden. No green leaves yet however, we need to be patient..!  :)

Linking to Skywatch Friday.

26 februari 2015

Water tower

Halfway the marked walking trail around Zuidlaren we crossed the premises of the former pychiatric institution ´Dennenoord´. The oldest buildings on this huge area of almost 91 hectare (about 225 acres) date from the end of the 19th century, and have been registered as cultural heritage since 2007.
The water tower that you see at the end of this lane was built in 1895 and provided the water for the people who lived at Dennenoord. It isn't in use anymore, but was rescued from demolition when it officially received the status of national monument. Besides a 'private' water tower, Dennenoord also had its own church.

25 februari 2015

Let's see

Maybe not so difficult to guess that this is the facade of an optician.. :).  A photo from last Sunday in the village of Zuidlaren.

For more signs around the world go to signs, signs.

24 februari 2015

Sheep for sale

These sheep with their boulder-bodies and metal head and legs were for sale in front of a house in Zuidlaren. Aren't they sweet?

23 februari 2015

Zuidlaren bakery

This bakery in the centre of Zuidlaren advertises for the real 'Zuidlaarderbollen'. The Zuidlaarderbol is a large round bread, richly filled with raisins and currants. In the past this type of bread was regarded to be the 'ideal' bread for the farmers in this area, as it was very nutritious. For me it is a real treat and just delicious to eat with some butter :)

Nowadays the Zuidlaarderbol is baked in large quantities especially in the weeks prior to the Zuidlaardermarkt, an annual horse and country market that is held in October. The horse market is the largest in Europe, and is attended by Dutch, German and Belgian horsetraders.

The bakery has a nice sign as well, I think I will post a close-up of it on a later date.

22 februari 2015

Around Zuidlaren

This is one of many wonderful sunny views we had this afternoon when we were walking a marked trail named 'Rondje Zuidlaren' (something like: 'around Zuidlaren'). Zuidlaren is a town in the province of Drenthe, known for its village greens in the centre. This photo was taken just outside the village.

21 februari 2015

From the archives #54

Sweden (2013)
Let's go for some Summer colours today. During our stay on the Swedish peninsula Hornslandet, about 300 km north of Stockholm, we spent a day in the town of Hudiksvall. This beautiful Jakobs Kyrka is regarded as one of the highlights. The church is part of the Swedish Lutheran church and can accommodate 540 people.

20 februari 2015


Inside the Drents Museum in Assen you find a mixture of old and new, classic and modern. From this spotless white room with ditto bench you pass the glass doors and enter the old part again, with stone colourful floor tiles and a generally dark(er) interior. And whether you like this contrast or not, it certainly makes the building more interesting!

19 februari 2015

See-through fence

I'm standing outside the Jacob Cramerpark here, next to the museum in Assen (see also my posts from last Monday and Tuesday). Somehow the hanging branches fit very well with the fence.

18 februari 2015

Elan Valley Trail

Looking back here to our visit to the Elan Valley in mid Wales, last August. This valley is well known from The Elan Valley Reservoirs, a chain of five man-made lakes created from damming the Elan and Claerwen rivers. We spent a wonderful day walking the Elan Valley Trail; a path suitable for walkers and cyclists, following the line of the railway used in the building of the dams.
This sign was next to the valley Visitor Centre, where we stopped for a rest and a drink.

Linking to Lesley's signs, signs.

17 februari 2015

Jacob Cramerpark

Following up on yesterday´s post, I´m still at the roof garden of the Drents Museum and standing almost on the top, maybe you can recognize the 'roof-like' shape. The buildings in front belong to the old part of the museum, while the new part (under me) was built partly underground.
This roof garden is known as the Jacob Cramer-Park and is open to visitors during museum opening hours. Jacob Cramer (1899-1998) was a politician and the Queens Commissioner (in Dutch: Commissaris van de Koningin) of the province Drenthe from 1951 until his retirement in 1964.

16 februari 2015

Museum Visitors

After my visit to the Drents Museum in Assen last week, I also walked through the Jacob Cramerpark, the museum park. The sculpture, showing three people looking at/through a frame, is called `Museumbezoekers' or 'Museum Visitors', and is part of the museum's art collection. It was created by Dutch sculptor Bert Kiewiet (1918-2008).
The park, here to my right, is in fact a roof garden and is built upon the roof of the underground part of the museum. I will show you more photos later.

15 februari 2015

A tree-bench

Maybe not such a good choice for February I think, but it might be just the right place to sit on a warm Spring afternoon..
Seen in the centre of Assen.
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