29 februari 2016

Candelaria mural

I showed you a nice mural from Tenerife last week, this is another one that we spotted. It was created by Ione Dominquez aka SODA in the village of Candelaria at the island's east coast.

Candelaria is the principal Catholic center of pilgrimage of the Canary Islands and one of the principal ones of Spain. Most tourists come here to visit the Basilica of Candelaria.

I'm linking to Monday Mural.

28 februari 2016


It's always good to keep your eye open for details. Photo taken in the Costa Adeje marina, in the south of Tenerife.

27 februari 2016

The dog at Punta de Teno

Strong winds mark the north west coast of Tenerife, however near the lighthouse at Punta de Teno we found a small and quiet bay. When we arrived here we saw this dog and his (or her) lady boss - also on the photo- were enjoying the bright February sun. A very sweet and well-mannered dog, as besides maybe a soft protesting ´hmmph´ when I made this photo, the animal didn´t move a muscle.

Have a nice weekend!

I´m linking to Saturday´s critters.

26 februari 2016

Bird of Paradise Flower

The strelizia, also known as ´crane flower´ or ´bird of paradise flower´, is the national flower of the island of Tenerife. They are quite common and we saw them in various places last week. For us this feels rather special as here in the Netherlands we only see them in luxury and more expensive flower arrangements. In Dutch they are called paradijsvogelbloem.

I'm linking to Floral Friday Fotos.

25 februari 2016


It makes a world of difference whether you are at the sunny and crowded beaches of the south, or here at the wild north coast of Tenerife. This photo was made at the Playa del Roque de Las Bodegas.

24 februari 2016

To the left please

This sign was on one of the walls near the outdoor swimming-pool of our hotel on the island of Tenerife. I thought it looked kind of sweet..

I'm linking to signs, signs.

23 februari 2016

Made from wood

Even though the (massive looking) wooden door and windows are beautifully decorated, and unusual and impressive, the house doesn´t appear very inviting. On the other hand, inviting enough to photograph :) But I wonder how much light can get inside.
The photo was taken in the village of Icod de los Vino (Tenerife) last week.

22 februari 2016

San Isidro mural

 Passing the village of Ruigómez on Tenerife we spotted this mural at the church square dedicated to ´San Isidro´, which is the name of a festival dating back from the 19th century. A bit of googling learned that the most solemn act is the creation of carpets of natural flowers throughout the streets.

Then there is a procession formed by numerous agricultural carts and carriages that provide local colour, while large groups of people sing songs from popular folklore. The patron saint San Isidro is symbolically offered fruits and soils. I think it's a lovely mural and I like it's location there.

For more murals around the world please visit Monday Mural.

21 februari 2016

Dinner in Spanish style

So we're back from the Spanish sun on the island of Tenerife. The average winter temperatures on the Canary Islands are around 20°C (68°F) in the south part, and obviously that really felt good!! Amazing how quickly we got used to it. ;)
On the photo is the paella dish that we had for dinner one evening, and look at the wonderful way in which it was served. No need to say that it had to be photographed before we began :)

12 februari 2016


Another photo taken on the premises of Museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde, Friday a week ago.

11 februari 2016

Nijsinghhuis entrance

This is the entrance door of the Nijsinghhuis, a 17th century house at the Hoofdweg in Eelde. Between 1896 and 1939 it was a town hall, years later followed by a school. a bank, an office. Then nothing.
To prevent the building from going into decline after that, it was eventually sold to the Van Groeningen family for the symbolic price of 1 guilder, under the condition that it would be renovated completely.
The Nijsinghhuis is now part of Museum De Buitenplaats. I have never been inside as it is only opened to the public on specific days, however I very much hope to visit it one day. If it looks as good inside as it looks on the outside, it´s quite promising!

10 februari 2016

Symbolising marriage

This house in the old city centre of Zwolle originally dates from 1685, as it also says on the front. It is an office building now.

The relief stone picturing a heart and 2 stars is said to symbolise marriage. It originates from a small house at the Hasselterdijk, a dike just outside the city of Zwolle. After this house was demolished, the relief stone was replaced here at the Goudsteeg no.7 in 1982.

Linking to signs, signs.

9 februari 2016

My cappuccino in... Antwerp

We had such a rainy day today.. it made me look forward to warm and sunny days! This photo was taken in June last year when we spent a few days in Antwerp, Belgium. Good memories :)

8 februari 2016

7 februari 2016

Exloo forestry

This is earlier today in the forest near the small village of Exloo. Still grey and a bit wet here, but later the sun came through. A fine day for a hike!

A small shelter offers hikers and cyclists a place to hide from the rain, or maybe a place out of the sun during the Summer months.

6 februari 2016


Only a few sculptures are left to stay in the Buitenplaats Museum gardens during the winter months. This piece named 'Aquarelliste' by Jet Schepp is one of them, it is placed on top of a wall/grass grown roof across the Oranjerie, and pictures a lady who is creating an aquarel painting. It's a very peaceful scene.

Jet Schepp (1940) is a Dutch sculptor, she lives and works in Amsterdam.

5 februari 2016

Dutch sky

A typical Dutch sky here above a wide landscape near Norg, a village south east of Assen. Photo taken in April last year during a Sunday hike.

I'm linking to Skywatch Friday.

4 februari 2016

Leeuwarden public library

This building at the Wirdumerdijk in Leeuwarden dates from 1880 and is known as the 'Beurs- en waaggebouw' or 'Exchange- and weigh house': a public building where all kinds of goods were weighed and sold. In the past, a public control of the weight of goods was very important, they were run by local authorities who would also use them for the levying of taxes on goods.

Since the 1980s the building is a public library.

3 februari 2016

Unmanned Aircraft

On the road through the midwest of the U.S. last September we spotted several signs warning us that drones were prohibited, like the sign on this photo taken at Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota). I suppose it is quite common then in the U.S. to bring a drone to a place like this? Or anywhere?

I'm linking to signs, signs.

2 februari 2016

Paper Art: the Harley

This Harley Davidson was one of the eye-catchers at the Paper Art exhibition last year in the CODA museum in Apeldoorn. The bike was made by using only corrugated cardboard and glue.

The details were impressive! The bike was created by British sculptor Chris Gilmour (1973).