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  • Duolingo: Pardon, ik ben een appel? (View large)

    My Dutch friend Chris told me about a web site that teaches users a foreign language. Other than Chinese (my mother tongue) and English (my principal second language), I know a tiny bit of Dutch. So I said to myself, I'll learn a little bit more Dutch on-…

  • Duolingo: Ik heb een krant... but how do they know? (View large)

    My Dutch friend Chris told me about a web site that teaches users a foreign language. Other than Chinese (my mother tongue) and English (my principal second language), I know a tiny bit of Dutch. So I said to myself, I'll learn a little bit more Dutch on-…

  • Supporting real news (View large)

    The other day I was searching for a particular news and came across The Guardian (a British mainstream broadsheet newspaper). A window popped up explaining that 1) professional news is expensive to provide, 2) providing balanced viewpoints to society is i…


  • Arboretum

    A leather-bound book Arboretum seen in the Long Gallery. Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 Arboretum means a collection of trees.

  • 16th c. rock crystalware

    Hatfield House, completed in 1612. Partial quote from the official Hatfield House web site: "[Hatfield House's Long Gallery] runs the entire length of the South Front, having been lengthened to 170 feet (51.8 m) in 1781. The rooms at each end were opene…

  • The Long Gallery

    Hatfield House, completed in 1612. Partial quote from the official Hatfield House web site: "A Long Gallery was an essential feature of every large Jacobean house." "[Hatfield House's Long Gallery] runs the entire length of the South Front, having been…


  • The South Front of the park from the Long Gallery

    Hatfield House, completed in 1612. Partial quote from the official Hatfield House web site: "A Long Gallery was an essential feature of every large Jacobean house." "[Hatfield House's Long Gallery] runs the entire length of the South Front, having been…

  • The Lord and his page

    A collection of family portraits seen in the King James's Drawing Room in Hatfield House.

  • King James' Drawing Room

    You may recall my saying that while part of the Hatfield House estate dates back to the 1480s, and was where Princess Elizabeth spent much of her youth before ascending to the throne in 1558, the main house we see today was completed in 1612 during King J…


  • Chandelier in King James's Drawing Room

    The characters in the dark painting seems to be begging "please, let there be light!" :D You may recall my saying that while part of the Hatfield House estate dates back to the 1480s, and was where Princess Elizabeth spent much of her youth before ascend…

  • Portraits of gentlemen

    A collection of family portraits seen in the King James's Drawing Room in Hatfield House.

  • Two more Queen Elizabeths and a King George

    After seeing a painted portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (see previous photo), we came across two more Queen Elizabeths! Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was the wife of King George VI. She was called a Queen (only) because she was the wife of the King. Now…


  • Queen Elizabeth I

    As I mentioned a while ago, Princess Elizabeth Tudor spent much of her childhood and youth at what was then Hatfield Palace. When her half-sister Queen Mary I ("Bloody Mary) died in 1558, Elizabeth became Queen. Now, a much more detailed account of the p…

  • Tapestry

    Tapestries seen at the top of the Grand Staircase. Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9

  • Behind the arch door

    Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9


  • The Grand Staircase

    None of my photos of the Grand Staircase turn out well, so I converted the least worst one into B+W. Partial quote from Hatfield House's official web site: "This elaborately carved staircase, dating from 1611, is one of the finest examples of its kind i…

  • Emirates Airbus A380 (A6-EUH)

    Currently Emirates is the only airline that flies the double-deck Airbus A380-800 to Toronto. Final upload of the Toronto Lester B Pearson International Airport Airside Tour. For us planespotters, the biggest thing of the tour is to see and learn about t…

  • Heavy traffic caused by the A380's taxiing

    As the Emirates A380 taxis towards its gate, vehicle traffic on the apron/ tarmac halts for the massive airliner to cross. Once the plane has passed, the backed-up traffic is moving again. Final upload of the Toronto Lester B Pearson International Airpor…


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