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THE LAST MINUTE AMSTERDAM ‘TO DO’ LIST

We’re going to miss having the Vondelpark on our doorstep. Just time for a few more bike rides.


The day is rapidly approaching that Mevrouw T and I will be leaving Amsterdam to spend a few months in the southern hemisphere.

Along with the farewells to family and friends, the polishing of the kitchen benches and fixing the leaky sink ready for tenants to move into our spotless apartment, there are a few things we need to do before we leave town. Continue reading

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GIVERNY – impressions of Monet’s garden

The bird in the beech. I’m pleased with this spur of the moment photo. If Claude had spotted this, he may have painted it himself. It almost looks as if he did.


I’d prepared myself for slight disappointment at Monet’s garden in Giverny. Gardens are supposed to be places of relaxation and quiet reflection, ideally not shared with thousands of photographers falling over each other and tumbling into the waterlilies.

Much as I love his paintings, and enjoy excellence in garden design, I knew we’d have to share the moment with others.

I’m pleased to report that the impression was not marred too much by teeming masses.

Here’s our morning, in broad brush strokes… Continue reading

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