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January 17, 2018

Bus Pass ? … Check!

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I am not sure if this might be a reminder to bring your Bus Pass… but this sight in Singapore made me smile. I have never seen such an ornate display to advertise a bus company: most make do with just a painted logo on the sides, this one literally goes over the top and tries to tick all of the boxes!

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January 16, 2018

Sightseeing Singapore Style…

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Getting out and about in Singapore is easy, just order a taxi or get one from a taxi rank. Public transport is cheaper, but since my mobility is limited, not so helpful in our situation. We also save time using taxi’s too. Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” uses public transport most of the time but also picks up a local variety of Uber, called “Grab”. Apparently these can be shared for people going in the same neighbourhood or along the same route. Even though it is our sixth or seventh time in Singapore, the landscape always surprises, with new buildings abounding, alongside traditional ones. Architecture is often cutting edge, no one can say this this is a city without style. These are just a few of the views from our taxi windows…

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December 22, 2017

Meerle: Beautiful Bricks In Stunning Architecture Continue…

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These photos were loaded already resized via Windows Resizer and loaded via USB memory stick from the old computer, (which I don’t have with me at the moment) I will work on getting to know the Apple Resizer as soon as possible.

After making a morning walking tour of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle Hertog , (well at least Himself walked, I was pushed in the wheelchair) we decided to check out the surrounding area.

The border is not a straight line between Belgium and The Netherlands, so within a twelve kilometer radius we found ourselves in both countries several times.

This is how we suddenly found ourselves in the small but exceedingly interesting village of Meerle.

The church and the buildings around it are architectural jewels in my opinion so of course we stopped for a pause and a closer look.

Even the school has some lighter brick accents and nice patterns. We have a good idea that the large free-standing red building with the stepped gables was probably the former Stadhuis (City Council / City hall), there are so many beautiful features to enjoy.

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December 11, 2017

Architectural Detail All Over Town…

Himself and I continue our car tour of the area around Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog. I take lots of photographs for my “architectural detail” archive files.

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December 10, 2017

Charm, Character And Differences…

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During our driving tour around the district of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog, I spotted quite a few interesting looking churches.

Traffic in some areas prevented us pulling over so that I could get some more agreeable compositions, so I did my best from out of the window.

A strange sort of canopy adorned the bottom section of one of the town churches, I can’t quite make out if it’s temporary and there whilst renovations are done or if it’s been added to the tower as a permanent safety measure (falling bits??).

It certainly makes for an interesting and memorable feature.

The brickwork and styles of the churches I saw were many and varied: the steeples different and each with a charm and character of their own.

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December 9, 2017

Lazy Sight-seeing Around The District…

After doing a small “tour” of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog with the wheelchair, it was time to take a rest and take a look around the district by car. The weather was also rather threatening so it was nice to sit comfortably and sight-see in comfort, (read “lazily”)…

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October 5, 2017

Around Breda, Mis-navigation Style…

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Around April of this year Himself and I went for a weekend visit to see friends in Breda.

As usual I took photographs as we made our way to their place, but sadly our route did not take us though the centre of the city which is said to be old and beautiful.

Here is a quick glimpse of the outskirts.

At one point we made a wrong turning and ended up going through a wooded area where there appeared to be  park.

We used a nearby driveway to turn our car around so that we could continue in the right direction and in the meantime I became curious about the people who were gathering there.

I don’t know if it was the fine weather or if there was a special event, but there were a group of young people in the park, around the picnic tables etc and on the side of the road, cars and a lot of bicycles parked up. I’m assuming that it had to have been some sort of event because they didn’t really look like separate family groups since I didn’t see any small children.  A large youth group or church outing? Some sort of nature group? I don’t know. We did catch glimpses of interesting buildings, and the weather is lovely so let’s see where the afternoon leads.

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October 4, 2017

The Road To Breda…

Earlier this year Himself and I went to visit a long term friend of his family in the southern Dutch city of Breda. The route we took  was one that took us around the the port of Rotterdam, and but which joined up with the main motorway south later on. There were many sights of one of the largest ports in the words: chemical plants, gas storage silos, and of course the docks and ships. There was an interesting walkway over the motorway we were on, and transport barges in the big rivers that bring goods far into Germany. The weather was moderate or the time of year, traffic light since it was the weekend and the weather was bright.

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July 28, 2017

Work And Play As Usual…

The road back to The Hague after last years weekend away was a quiet, scenic one. We stopped for some fresh air by one waterway, watching a huge dredger at work and numberous people at play on yachts and boats of various sizes. At one place a new overhead bridge was being built, at another we waited while our road bridge opened to let through boat traffic. We spied a London taxi (of all things) on the back of a trailer, and saw that work and play went on as usual in the Dutch countryside. Life goes on…

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July 24, 2017

A Stock Issue Of Houses And Barns…

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Driving through Flevoland,  the Netherland’s newest province, we see some of the newest farmland in the world.

Work started in the 1930’s reclaiming land from the sea, and in the 1940’s and 50’s the polders took shape.

Then as mentioned in yesterday’s post, on 1st January 1986  the joining of the southern and eastern Flevopolders created the new province.

The farms and their out buildings were put in as the farm land took shape, government assistance meant that stock to a set pattern of both houses and barns were laid down, bringing  a distinct conformity of style as we drive the length of the polder.

This gives this area it’s own character, the style might not be modern in the newest sense or old in the centuries old style of much of the country but with the surrounding space and large gardens that these farms enjoy there is no doubting that these must be beautiful places to live.

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