Foggy Photo Walk… #netherlands #photography #travel

Yesterday was such a wonderful day.  It has been cold here, but we spent the whole day walking to one of our favourite areas and taking photos of the surrounds.  The weather was so foggy, it seemed nearly impossible to take a bad photo!

IMG_5699I spent a lot of time yesterday experimenting with various raindrop photos.  I am by no means a photographer, but I am happy with how some of these turned out.

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The fog lent a mysterious air to our photos and made everything look dreamy and antiquated.

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Before it got dark we got some really great shots, almost in sepia tone with a reddish hue.  My only regret is that my lens is dirty and you can see some definite dirt in some of the shots.  Maybe that just makes the shots look older? Haha.

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I really enjoy these long meandering photo walks and it’s so nice to be able to do these walks in the winter.  I hope you enjoyed some of my photos!

Turkey!

Rather than a long-winded explanation to explain my absence from blogging, I think it’s easier if I just continue on like it didn’t happen hah! All I can say is that I hope to be more consistent, and make a more concerted effort.  Basically to sum it up quickly (even though I just said I wasn’t going to), it was a mix of laziness, apathy and self-consciousness.  Anyway….So here we are, now, travelling again, in Turkey!

Hannie Schaft and the Bleomendaal #Dutch Honorary Cemetery…

Yesterday we went for a long walk back to the Dunes to find the Dutch Honorary Cemetery and visit the grave of Hannie Schaft and the other WWII resistance fighters who lost their lives to the Nazis.

Hannie Schaft has sort of become the representative figure for these resistance fighters and her life story is very interesting.  There is a memorial statue to her in Haarlem and apparently you can visit her house, too.

Walking through the remote and empty dunes it is hard not to imagine what it would have felt like to be marched through the hills unceremoniously to your untimely death.  Apart from birds and wind the dunes are silent and cold.

I can’t imagine being that brave at 24 years old or now, and it brought up a lot of questions about what we could or would do to save another.  I am glad we got a chance to visit so I could learn more about this history…

A Spring Birthday in #Holland…

May 9th was M’s birthday.  We had a lovely day in Amsterdam and Haarlem…

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First I will show you the view from our rented room…Spring has sprung in Haarlem since we were last here and everything is so fresh, green and beautiful!

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We are staying near a huge cemetery with a lovely pond and many cherry trees…I didn’t think I would be seeing cherry blossoms again this year!

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There was a fair in the big square in the centre of the city…this ride looks terrifying…

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We arrived back in the breathtaking city of Amsterdam and we walked and walked…

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This is some kind of hop on hop off mobile bar complete with keg…you have to cycle to your next destination…

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We walked to Westerpark after stopping at a bakery…

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…and had some delicious birthday desserts!

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Spring is everywhere…

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There was some kind of festival in the park and there were soooo many people and food stalls…

…we decided to head to dinner…

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…walking through the Jordaan…

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Authentic Italian pizza…they bring the buffalo mozzarella in from Italy twice a week…

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Rose *AND* lemonade together? My dream…

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…more post dinner walking…

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…the most crooked bar I’ve ever seen..

It was a beautiful day!