Greenpeace Ships

Greenpeace Ships in Amsterdam

Greenpeace International’s HQ is moving to a buidling at the former NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam.

Two of the organization’s ships recently were in port for a visit.

The Noordwall along the river IJ. Copyright, Anton Hein

Noordwal, Amsterdam

One of our favorite places to relax in Amsterdam is on the banks of the river IJ.

Benidorm, Spain

We survived Benidorm

People who know us will be flabbergasted to learn that Janet and I spent a week in Benidorm recently.

Though we consider Spain our home away from home, Benidorm is one of today’s worst examples of the excesses of mass tourism.

But we had a very good reason to visit the place.

Tres Hombres

Tres Hombres — Chocolate, Coffee, Rum and more

Last week Janet and I spent some time on board of the Tres Hombres, a beautiful brigantine that happens to be “the one and only freighter carrying cargo across the Atlantic without an engine.”

Propelled only be wind power, it leaves no footprint whatsoever as it travels between Western Europe and the Caribbean.
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Oudezijds Voorburgwal

April, 2013 Was Bitterly Cold

We’re a few into April, but it’s still bitterly cold in Amsterdam — the tail end (hopefully) of an unusual cold spell that started early in March.
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Sunny Amsterdam

A spot of sun in Amsterdam

It’s been a bitterly cold March in Amsterdam this year — with more days of frost than we had in January. What a contrast with last year, when birds, bees, flowers and trees all got an early start.

In looking for some weather illustrations for one of my websites, I saw this photograph — which I took in May 2008. It’s one of those typical downtown Amsterdam scenes: two guys enjoying the sun at an intersection where one of the streets is car-free.
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Deadlines amuse me


It’s almost 2 pm, and I’m quite pleased with the way this day is shaping up.

Thus far I have written two blog articles for different websites. I have update the front page of a news site. I sorted through the overnight catch of email — deleted some 50 of them, answered 36, and filed away for later handing a further 30 or so.

I have also written a few lines for an e-book project, made some notes on an overdue book review I hope to finish this week, and updated three websites to the latest WordPress version.

Oh, and I’ve done a load of laundry, and a few minutes ago I started the bread machine.

Laundry? Baking?
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Monuments along Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam

Brouwersgracht 56 – 46, Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam includes thousands of 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings, more than 7500 of which are considered National Heritage Sites.
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My love affair with coffee

I have a lifelong love affair with coffee.

That wonderful drink and I have been together for more than 55 years now. Well, no doubt it hasn’t been quite that long, although a family joke has it that I drank coffee before I had my first taste of breast milk. I do believe the latter won out for a while.

But I have been drinking coffee from a very early age, and the habit has stayed with me for all this time.
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Heart in the clouds above Schiphol airport, Amsterdam


I can think of no better description of true love than the one in the Bible, in a letter from the apostle Paul to the Church at Corinth:
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Read the Bible sign on house in Amsterdam

Unused cookbooks and well-marked Bibles

The sign on this house in the center of Amsterdam says, “Read the Bible, The Book for You.”

A few years ago Janet and I were invited to have dinner at the home of someone we had recently met.

We looked forward to an evening of fellowship, fun, and good food. Very good food, actually, as our new friend had made it clear that he was a connoisseur of haute cuisine.
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Amsterdam: Prinsengracht in the fall

Prinsengracht in the fall

The Prinsengracht is one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals.

This (slightly HDR) photo show different types of houseboats, including converted barges. The one on the right-hand side in the front is the Houseboat Museum, which is definitely worth a visit.

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