We survived Benidorm

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.

April, 2013 Was Bitterly Cold

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. And then to think that last year, in 2012, we were enjoying sunny days, warm enough to spent some time...
A spot of sun in 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...
Deadlines

Deadlines

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...
Brouwersgracht 56 – 46, 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. Shown above are six of those monuments, in this case a row of houses along Brouwersgracht (literally Brewers’ canal...
My love affair with coffee

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...
Love

Love

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: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have...
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. I was...