29 February 2012

St Bavo Church

St Bavo Church in Haarlem

The St Bavo Church in Haarlem, as seen from the south. The church was built in the 14th and 15th century. The annexes you see on the photo are probably much newer, though.

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28 February 2012


Former Damiate school in Haarlem

The Nieuwe Gracht canal in Haarlem, Holland, with on its bank the former catholic elementary school Damiate.

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27 February 2012


Boat on the Spaarne river in Haarlem

A small boat on the river Spaarne in Haarlem.

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24 February 2012


Statue dressed in warm clothes

It was a cold winter day, but I think the cold was not the main reason this statue was dressed in warm clothes. Maybe carnival had something to do with it - the photo is from last Saturday, on the eve of carnival.

I took this photo in Haarlem, near the Spaarne river, against a backdrop of two stepped gables across the river.

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23 February 2012

Canal houses?

Canal houses on the bank of the Spaarne river in Haarlem

At first sight, the houses look like canal houses in Amsterdam. I actually took this photo in Haarlem, a city near Amsterdam. The water on the foreground is the water of the river Spaarne.

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22 February 2012

East dock island

Mint Hotel Amsterdam

The former Mint Hotel, now DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in Amsterdam. The hotel is situated on the Oosterdokseiland (East Dock Island), an island between the east docks and the IJ river.

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21 February 2012


Groenburgwal, Amsterdam

The Groenburgwal canal in Amsterdam. In the background you can see the Zuiderkerk church.

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20 February 2012


The Damrak street in Amsterdam on a rainy day

I took this photo on the Damrak street in Amsterdam, on a rainy day. The sun broke through after a heavy shower.

At the end of the street you can just make out the building of Amsterdam Central Station.

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17 February 2012

Schreierstoren, Amsterdam

Schreierstoren, Amsterdam

The Schreierstoren (Weeper's Tower) in Amsterdam, Holland. The tower, built in the 15th century, was a defense tower and originally part of the city wall of Amsterdam.

According to popular tradition, sailors bid farewell to their wives here when they set sail, and the women stayed behind and wept - hence the name of the tower.

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16 February 2012

Lady Fortuna

Lady Fortuna statuette, Muntplein, Amsterdam

A bronze statuette of Lady Fortuna, the Roman goddess of fortune, on the Muntplein square in Amsterdam. The statue was created by Hildo Krop (1884-1970) in 1948.

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15 February 2012

Ship on the Amstel River

Ship on the Amstel River

Another photo of the river Amstel in Amsterdam. Today's photo shows a ship moored on the Amstel. In the background you can see some of the canal houses that Amsterdam is famous for.

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14 February 2012

Amstel River

Amstel River, Amsterdam

Another view of the river Amstel in Amsterdam. I took this photo from the Amstel street, between the Halvemaanbrug en Blauwbrug bridges.

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13 February 2012

Amstel River and Amsterdam Music Hall

Amstel River and Amsterdam Music Hall

The Amstel river in Amsterdam, Holland. The building in the background is the Muziektheater (Music Hall) of Amsterdam. The Music Hall is used mostly for opera and ballet.

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10 February 2012

Jeepney and tricycle

Jeepney and tricycle

I shared photos of Filipino tricycles and jeepneys before, but on the parking place of the Tacloban City town hall they were parked next to each other: A jeepney and a tricycle.

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09 February 2012

San Pedro Bay II

Tricycle at the San Pedro Bay, Tacloban City

A tricycle parked on a quay at the San Pedro Bay, in Tacloban City. In the background you can see the owners of the tricycle, swimming in the bay.

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08 February 2012

San Pedro Bay

San Pedro Bay, Tacloban City

Another photo of the San Pedro Bay, this time taken from a quay just off the Magsaysay Boulevard (near the amphitheatre).

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03 February 2012

Japanese Peace Park

Japanese Peace Park, Tacloban City

I took this photo in the Japanese Peace Park in Tacloban City, the Philippines.

The Japanese peace park also houses the statue of the Goddess of Peace, also known as the Japanese Madonna (not on this photo). The statue was a gift from Japan, as a symbol of peace and friendship - hence the name of this park.

The park is a popular with young, courting couples.

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02 February 2012

View of Tacloban City

View of Tacloban City

Tacloban City, the capital of the province Leyte in the Philippines, as seen from the roof of Hotel Alejandro. On the left the bell tower of the Santo Niño Church.

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01 February 2012

Magsaysay Boulevard

San Pedro Bay, Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City

The San Pedro Bay seen from the Magsaysay Boulevard in Tacloban City, the Philippines. A large barrier and a small park separate the boulevard and the bay.

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