31 January 2012


Zebras,, statues in a park in Tacloban City

A group of zebra statues, in a park with a children's playground in Tacloban City.

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26 January 2012

The Meuse in Rotterdam

A boat on the Meuse river in Rotterdam

A ship moored on a quay along the Meuse river in Rotterdam. In the background you can see the Erasmus bridge and the new skyscrapers of the Wilhelmina quay.

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24 January 2012


Skyscrapers, Boompjes, Rotterdam

Walking along the Schiedamsedijk street in Rotterdam, I had this almost unobstructed view of the skyscrapers along the Boompjes street, bathing in the sunlight.

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23 January 2012

Cruise terminal

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

On the Wilhelmina quay in Rotterdam, where once the ships of the Holland America Line departed for Ellis Island, is now a cruise terminal.

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20 January 2012

Lost Luggage

Lost Luggage Depot, sculpture by Jeff Wall, Rotterdam

The sculpture Lost Luggage Depot, on the Wilhelmina quay in Rotterdam. The sculpture, by Canadian artist Jeff Wall, is a monument to Dutch emigrants who sought a better life in the new world. It is placed at the very location where the ships of the Holland America Line once left for Ellis Island.

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19 January 2012

Container ship

A container ship on the Meuse river

A container ship on the Meuse river. The ship just left the port of Rotterdam and is on its way to some destination in Europe, most likely Germany.

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18 January 2012

Delftse Poort, Rotterdam

Delftse Poort, Rotterdam

We already saw this building yesterday, in the background of the Rotterdam Central Station photo. It's a skyscraper on the Weena street in Rotterdam, known as the Delftse Poort (Delft Gate). Until recently it was the highest skyscraper in The Netherlands, but it is surpassed by two new skyscrapers, both also in Rotterdam. The building is the headquarters of Nationale Nederlanden, one of the largest insurance companies in The Netherlands.

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17 January 2012

Rotterdam Central Station

Rotterdam Central Station

I took this photo early in the morning, in Rotterdam Central Station. In the foreground you can see part of the train station, with a Dutch train on the left. In the background are the skyscrapers of the Weena street.

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16 January 2012

Destroyed City

Destroyed City, statue by Ossip Zadkine, Rotterdam

A photo of the Destroyed City monument, a statue by Ossip Zadkine. The statue of a man without a heart symbolizes Rotterdam, the city that lost its heart during the bombings in World War II. We see it here from the back.

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13 January 2012

The skyline of Rotterdam

Skyline of Rotterdam

Not really the skyline of Rotterdam, but only of a small part of the city: the Erasmus bridge and a few skyscrapers along the Meuse river. If you plan to visit Rotterdam and want to see this skyline, go the Wilhelmina quay - that's where I took this photo.

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12 January 2012

The World Trade Center of Rotterdam

World Trade Center, Rotterdam

In the heart of Rotterdam, on the Coolsingel street, is the World Trade Center of Rotterdam. A few blocks away I could see its skyscraper, bathed in sunlight, between the nearby buildings.

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11 January 2012

The White House of Rotterdam

White House, Rotterdam

I took this photo in the old port of Rotterdam. The building on the right is known as the White House. Build in the late 19th century, the White House was the first skyscraper in The Netherlands, and with its ten floors and 43m / 141ft it was once the highest building in Europe.

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09 January 2012

Former head office of the Holland America Line

Former head office of the Holland America Line, Rotterdam

A detail of the former head office of the Holland America Line (HAL), on the Wilhelmina quay in the port of Rotterdam. Emigrant ships of the HAL departed from this quay, on their way to Ellis Island. The quay, and this HAL building, was often the last that emigrants saw and remembered of the old world.

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06 January 2012


Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam

Another photo of an Amsterdam canal: the Brouwersgracht canal, with boats on the water and typical Amsterdam canal houses on the banks. The bridge on the left leads to the Keizersgracht canal.

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05 January 2012

Canals in Amsterdam

Canals in Amsterdam

Two Amsterdam canals cross on this photo: the Brouwersgracht and the Prinsengracht. On the left there is an old canal bridge, on the other side of the water you can see the traditional Amsterdam canal houses.

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04 January 2012

Bronze statuette of a woman

Bronze statuette of a woman

I discovered this statuette along the Singel canal in Amsterdam. I don't know who it is or why it is standing there - if you know, please leave a comment.

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03 January 2012

Canal houses

Canal houses along the Amstel river, Amsterdam

Another photo of Amsterdam. It looks like typical Amsterdam canal houses along a typical Amsterdam canal, but it is actually a river: The Amstel.

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02 January 2012

New year fruits

Still life with fruits

On New Year's Eve we have at least 13 different kinds of round fruits - a Filipino new year tradition. We start eating those on New Year's Day.

The photo shows a small selection of our fruits, including grapes and assorted berries. At the bottom are a few sharon fruits, something we never had before.

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