Author: reeuwijk

Things to do: visit Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny

One place that is certainly worth a visit is Claude Monet‘s house and garden in Giverny. Monet first saw the small village of Giverny from a train, and he decided to live there. Eventually he bought a house there and lived in it for 43 years. Next to the house he had a large studio, and around the house he created a beautiful…

Things to do: visit the Fox Talbot museum in Lacock village, England

The englishman William Henri Fox Talbot was one of the most important inventors of photographic processes. He invented the calotype process, one of the earliest photographic processes. He was also one of the earliest photographers. In the abbey of Lacock village in Wiltshire, England, Fox Talbot took in 1835 a photo of a lace window. The resulting negative is possibly the…

Things to do: visit Palais Idéal du Facteur Ferdinand Cheval

One thing to do is visit the surreal building called Palais Idéal in Hauterives that the postman Ferdinand Cheval built. The photos I’ve seen, and the story behind it, look very intriguing: he started with a single stone that looked intriguing to him, and over many years he built a surreal castle with stones that he found on his delivery rounds. The…

Things to do: visit the Machines of the Isle of Nantes

One thing to do is visit the Machines of the Isle of Nantes. I have very good memories of the street performance The Sultan’s Elephant that I saw in Antwerp. The machines they show in Nantes are not the same, but to see a (variation of) the elephant again is already worth the visit, and I am curious what else they…

The Sun Clock Widget for Android

The home screen of an Android tablet or phone is where you put the shortcuts to your favourite apps. Android also allows widgets on the home screen, A widget allows an app to fill part of a home screen with its content. It is typically used to display information such as weather predictions, stock market developments, news, and other such…

Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary in winter

The Parc du Cinquantenaire (Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary) in winter. This is an area that is a little outside the center of Brussels. The arch commemorates 50 years of Belgian independence from the Netherlands. Considering the size of the arch, it must have been a great relieve at the time to be independent, although King Leopold II, who had it built,…

The last days of the Amsterdam Zuidas community park

The Zuidas in Amsterdam has been a development area for decades, and is now the place where many big players in international finance have an office. Real-estate prices have gone through the roof, and the sky seemed to be the limit. But then the crisis hit, and even in this prestigious area it was difficult to sell office or housing…

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