Did you know there are 39 places where it’s quiet in North-Holland. I wrote about it (in Dutch) for a brand-new magazine! (photography: Bas Beentjes)
I don’t always take my big SLR-camera with me. Especially not when I’m aiming to take photos of people. I’d rather capture a natural expression than a posed face.
Those waves! That wind! No wonder Cape Verde is a surfer’s paradise.
Sometimes when I’m out with my camera, I get lucky when people walk into my frame, making the image just a bit more interesting.
There is something about old industrial buildings that are abandoned. Maybe it’s because ghosts of the past are still wandering around in the place.
The Gemeentemuseum (municipal museum) in The Hague is a building that architect Willem Dudok designed. I was so impressed by its beauty that I forgot to look at the art collection. Well, almost. 🙂
Every year there is an impressive lightshow in the Papal Palace in Avignon (France). I made a video of it.
If you’re ready to be surprised, go underground in Lille (France). >>
We have Google Translate, why should we learn a foreign language? This article answers that question and I compared 2 teaching methods in the process.
If you follow the Amsterdam river – the Amstel – to the south, you suddenly find yourself surrounded by nature. It’s a secret: the quiet and hidden countryside of Amsterdam.
When I was in southern Africa I loved talking to the locals. And, much to my surprise, they were eager to pose for my camera. >>
I once worked as a reporter/photographer for a regional newspaper (just a few kilometres north from Amsterdam). I was sent to many great events: From a gathering of lace-makers to the biggest sports-event of the region. >>
Seen the Sagrada Familia, the Ramblas and Parc Güell? Maybe it’s time then to get to know the other side of Barcelona. And I can be your tour guide.
In many Spanish cities the outside of the buildings are shaped with so much care, that buildings in other European cities tend to look dull compared to their Spanish brothers and sisters. So look up and see the beauty.
In Spain, a lot is about food, if not everything. Etiquette wise speaking, that means something. Here is one etiquette rule that you might not know.
Barcelona is gorgeous, breathtaking, magnificent. Here I’ll show you a few of its hidden gems.
Going to a cemetery for fun? That is what tombstone tourists do. I did it once before when I went to the Montjuïc cemetery. This time I went to the cemetery of Poblenou.
Leaving Barcelona for the weekend to chase childhood memories in an adorable place called Berga.
Santa Claus doesn’t bring presents to Spain; the Three Kings do. And before they do that, they arrive in a huge parade: La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos.
Apparently, it’s a thing: tombstone tourism. And if you are a “taphophile”, you can knock yourself out at the Montjuïc cemetery in Barcelona.
To the non-Spanish it seems weird: the art of insisting. But if you don’t want to appear rude, you probably need to at least understand this art …or is that a mission impossible?
It’s one of Barcelona’s streets that might not be noticed. Not really anyway. People pass, but they barely notice how beautiful the buildings here really are.
Ever wondered what’s hiding underneath your feet? One of Barcelona’s hidden gems is underneath a tiny square of the Gotic quarter. Here you can find (and visit) a part of the old Roman city, called Barcino.
I believe getting lost is the best way to get to know a city. Years ago, when I was a student in Amsterdam, I wandered around for hours (with the map of Amsterdam in my bag, as Google Maps didn’t exist back then, let alone smartphones). And now I’m getting lost again, but this time I’m getting lost in Barcelona.
“Would you like to have a drink?”
Make sure you react immediately when a Dutch person asks you this question. Never beat around the bush: if you want to have a drink, this is the only moment you can say “yes please”. Otherwise you just won’t get a drink. Even though the Dutch will get himself/herself one.