• Collins Barracks (Now National Museum of Ireland)

    The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History site is situated at the Collins Barracks. Originally known as the Dublin Barracks, it was built in the early 1700s by William III as a major military camp for the British army in Dublin. When Irel…

  • Barbican Gate, Trim Castle

    Early in the 13th century, this gatehouse was built to guard the southern approaches to the Trim Castle. Such a structure is called a barbican. xxxxx Trim has been a Norman stronghold since the 12th century. A Norman knight called Hugh de Lacy began b…

  • Kilkenny Castle

    The Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle was constructed during the 1210s for William Marshall, the 4th Earl of Pembroke. The powerful Butler family, James Butler, the 3rd Earl of Ormond, bought the castle in 1391. The castle has retained its basic Medieval for…


  • Hermitage Museum Amsterdam

    I had not planned on visiting the Hermitage Museum. But it's really just next to my hotel, and I discovered by accident that a brand-new exhibit called "Dining with the Tsars" was being hosted. In the end, I relented and paid Eur 15 to see the Imperial…

  • Beatus qui intelligit super egenum et pauperem: in die mala liberabit eum Dominus

    While walking from my hotel on Prinsengracht to Muntplein, I came across this door at Amstel 98. I don't read Latin, but it seems to be a quote from the bible. Thanks to my Dutch friend Michiel, who explained to me (on my flickr account) that this is an…

  • Amsterdam canal boat

    The canal boat tour (called rondvaart in Dutch) is one of the top tourist attractions in Amsterdam. I did it twice back in 2010, and decided that I should see other things this time I do highly highly recommend doing it, particularly on a fine day. If I…


  • Munttoren

    Munttoren (Mint Tower) is a major landmark of Amsterdam. Its base dates from the Medieval times and formed part of the Medieval city wall. In 1618, the gate burned down and the clock tower was added in 1619. The building served as the city mint during t…

  • Crossing the Gravestenenbrug

    Another look of lift bridge Gravestenenbrug that crosses the river Spaarne. Near the Teylers Museum. Spaarne 16, Haarlem. AIMG 2030

  • The Teylers Museum

    Teylers Museum from the other side of the river Spaarne. The bell tower of the Grote Kerk (Great Church) can be seen in a short distance. A partial quote about the Teylers Museum from Wikipedia: "Teylers Museum (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɛi̯lərs myˈzeːjʏ…


  • De Waag and houses along the Spaarne

    The grey stone building with big red door and shutters is the former weighing house "De Waag," where goods were weighed and tax levied before they could be bought or sold according to Medieval laws. \ AIMG 2035

  • Bakenesserkerk

    The white bell tower belongs to a church called Bakenesserkerk. I didn't visit the church, and only saw it as I was walking back to Haarlem Station. AIMG 2037

  • A little red house in Haarlem

    I was walking back from Spaarne to Haarlem Station on Bakenessergracht when this little red house caught my attention. Bakenessergracht 67, Haarlem AIMG 2043


  • Motorenrevisie Th. Veenings

    I mentioned many times that Dutch and English are very similar languages. Once you realize that -sie in Dutch is -sion in English, it becomes clear that this is a automobile repair shop/ garage/ auto body shop, as the sign says Motor Revision Th. Veening…

  • Haarlem Station

    Haarlem Station occupies an important part of the Dutch railways history. In 1839, the very first railway service in the Netherlands began operations between Haarlem and Amsterdam. The original Haarlem Station opened in 1842, and was refurbished in the…

  • Haarlem

    Haarlem Station occupies an important part of the Dutch railways history. In 1839, the very first railway service in the Netherlands began operations between Haarlem and Amsterdam. The original Haarlem Station opened in 1842, and was refurbished in the…


  • Amsterdamsch Tehuis voor Arbeiders

    After getting off the tram. I came across this impressive building called the Amsterdamsch Tehuis voor Arbeiders. Marnixstraat 266 to 340, Amsterdam AIMG 2136

  • Amsterdamsch Tehuis voor Arbeiders Entrance

    After getting off the tram. I came across this impressive building called the Amsterdamsch Tehuis voor Arbeiders. Marnixstraat 266 to 340, Amsterdam AIMG 2139

  • Gebroeders Winter

    Ah, I went in here to buy some postcards and stamps. And there is a nice story to tell. I went inside, a few customers or neighbours were chatting with the people behind the counter. There wasn't a real queue. But to be safe and not wanting to jump the…


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