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Category Archives: Netherlands

Hotel Frontdoor

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Hotel Frontdoor

Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door.

This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord….

The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location?

Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920…

MH 17 Crash

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MH17 Crash

The Netherlands was shocked when it learned Malaysian Airplane, Flight MH 17, crashed in Ukraine. Presumably the crash was caused by Russian backed rebellions who fired an anti aircraft rocket to it. Of the nearly 300 passengers and crew almost 200 fellow Dutchman died in the crash. There were 80 children amongst them.

In an earlier speech the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution that condemned this act.

Wednesday July 23 was a day of National Mourning in the Netherlands. The first 40 bodies came home…

Again a Randstad Rail Collision

Again a Randstad Rail Collision

I’ve hesitated a couple of months to share this photo with you, because it was taken by a friend who was inside the tram sitting just there where the white and blue tram rammed the red and yellow tram. Amazingly he was quick to jump away just in time, but an older lady who was just sitting in front of him was severely wounded by the accident. The strange thing is that there are no traffic rules as to which tram has right of way when two trams cross an intersection. My friend’s comment as to the support from instances is that there is not much coordination. A lot of people are running to the place of the accident, but when there are not many wounded or dead they just start hanging around and paying not much attention to the people inside the trams who albeit not wounded, still are shaky and maybe a bit traumatized….

Kaboom – Pirates of the Dutch Canals

Kaboom – Pirates of the Dutch Canals

Reasonably big ships can reach almost every city of some importance in The Netherlands via its vast network of canals, even square rigged pirate ships.
In Haarlem a pirate ship passes a bridge in the railroad and hits the electricity cable of the train with its rig. Promptly it causes a real lightning and thunder.
I have an idea this recent You tube footage may get viral.

Obama: Truly Gezellig in The Hague

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Truly Gezellig in The Hague

I’ve seen some of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here in The Hague and took a bit of video and some photo’s at the final press conference where Obama thanked the Dutch for a well organized summit and showed he knows a Dutch word “Gezellig” that many English speaking people claim is not so easy to translate….My idea is that the following English words give some meaning to gezellig: Cozy, snug and intimate cover it more or less.

After the press conference the president was induced to being photographed in front of the Victory Boogie Woogie, the latest and unfinished painting of Piet Mondrian, who died in New York before he could finish this painting. This painting is in the collection of the The Hague Municipal Museum of Modern Art (Gemeentemuseum).

Obama bij de Victory Boogie Woogie