Category: Photo gallery

Padaria e Confeitaria Rio-Lisboa

Padaria e Confeitaria (Bakery and Confectionery) Rio-Lisboa is one of the remnants of an older Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays Leblon, the neighbourhood of Rio-Lisboa, is a very up-market part of Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana and Ipanema are world-famous for their beaches, but the same beach continues in Leblon, and the richer Brazilians have realised that. Consequently, it is not so much a…

Jacques Gabay, old scientific texts

One of the little pearls of Paris is the bookshop of Jacques Gabay. The shop is small, the book spines are boring, the prices are high, and the opening hours are quirky (we never close later than five o’clock’), but this is a veritable paradise for the right kind of book lover. Jacques Gabay selects, publishes, and sells reprints of old…

The Sultan’s elephant in Antwerp

The Sultan’s Elephant was a street theater performance by Royal de Luxe, a theatre company. It was originally performed in Nantes and Amiens to commemorate the death of Jules Verne a hundred years earlier. After that, the show was performed in London, Antwerp, and other places. In all cases it drew huge crowds.The story and characters of the show were very loosely based…

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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