23 juli 2014


As was announced yesterday by the Dutch government, today is an official National Day of Mourning for all 298 victims from the attack on flight MH17 last week. 193 of them were from the Netherlands.

22 juli 2014

More illusion

Sometimes you don't believe what you see, or what you don't see. Even standing in front of this door, the instrument ´hanging there´ seemed very real to me. But it wasn't, and it is not a painting either! Actually the door itself was painted, and by scraping the paint from the door, the violin became 'visible'. A double 'Trompe l'oeil', so to speak.

The exhibition Illusion in art, in museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde, shows a number of fine examples of Trompe l'oeil (French for 'deceive the eye').

As can also be said from the note underneath the violin, referring to the French neo-classical painter Ingres:

the violin in the eye
is the illusion of Ingres
"but no, on the contrary"
Matthijs 1974

By Matthijs Röling (1943), a Dutch painter.

21 juli 2014


Since my last visit to museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde someone dug a deep hole in the ground floor..
It's all part of the current exhibition `Illusion in art´. You better watch out!

20 juli 2014

Sculpture group

Detail of one of the groups of sculptures at and around the fountain on the Bruges square 't Zand. For another view of the sculptures, and the fountain, that I posted before click HERE.

19 juli 2014

From the archives #26

Madeira (2008)

Dark skies but still sunny here when we passed this small mountain village.

18 juli 2014

Museum garden

In the museum garden of De Buitenplaats in Eelde.

Expressing my sympathies to the families, friends and other loved ones of those who were on flight MH17/KL4103 yesterday.

17 juli 2014

Lion heads

Detail of a fence with 2 lion heads, along one of the many canals in Bruges.

16 juli 2014

Door decoration

Bruges, Belgium. I don't know but I can imagine that this must have (had) a meaning or purpose? Anyway I think it's beautiful.

14 juli 2014

Give me a hug..

..if you dare!
This "beauty" was posing for me in the Sea Aquarium of Bergen aan Zee.

13 juli 2014

Bikers Menu

The restaurant halfway the Afsluitdijk welcomes bikers (in English) to have a stop at their place.

12 juli 2014

From the archives #25

Athens, Greece (2010)

This is the renovated Attalosstoa, nowadays next to the modern Agora Museum. A long time ago the local people of Athens came to this place to shop for their daily goods. It is located on a park-like area in the centre of the city, next to a large open square with government buildings around.

11 juli 2014

Statue of Lely

Cornelis Lely (1854-1929) was a Dutch civil engineer and statesman. He oversaw the passage of an act of parliament authorizing the construction of the Zuiderzee works. This huge project turned the Zuiderzee into a lake. A statue of Lely was placed halfway the Afsluitdijk. (see also yesterday's post).
And how about the dark sky! It started raining soon after I took this photo..

10 juli 2014

The Afsluitdijk

This is a view of the Afsluitdijk (in English: Enclosure Dam), a major road connection constructed between 1927 and 1933, running from the province of North Holland to Friesland over a length of 32 km (20 mi). It is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer.
Nowadays, halfway the dam there is a monument, a statue of the Dutch civil engineer Cornelis Lely (you can see it in the distance on the right side, I will show you a more detailed picture of the statue tomorrow), and a restaurant. This photo was taken standing on the footbridge that connects the parking spots on both sides of the A7 motorway.

9 juli 2014

8 juli 2014


Taken from the exact same spot as yesterday's photo, but with the sea behind me now.
(thanks Peter :) )

7 juli 2014

Main street

Egmond aan Zee, with the beach and the North Sea on the left.

6 juli 2014

Down to the beach

We enjoyed a mini-break at the North Sea coast this weekend. We had sun and some rain too, but the temperatures were really fine. Here is one of the 'entrances' from the dunes down to the beach, in Egmond aan Zee.
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