Traditionally Dutch houses but also castles, bridges or factories are built from brick. Numerous brickworks popped up in places along the shores of the rivers where suitable deposits of clay were available and the coal necessary for burning the bricks could be brought in and the products shipped out on barges.
Few survive today as museum, and even less in working order. One is the Vogelensangh brickworks in Deest. This factory was built in 1918-1919 and bricks are still baked in much the same way as 100 years ago.
On an overcast and misty morning I cycle through the water gate into the historic center of the lovely town of Zaltbommel. It is sunday and there is hardly anybody in the street and everything is quiet. But then I turn around a corner and hear the sound of a barrel organ. I follow the sound down the street and meet Peter, who is playing an organ in front of his house.
Some of the Lisbon trams (see post some weeks ago) actually ended up in Mallorca to provide more space on the 100 year old tramway connecting the port to the town of Soller. Again, the main cargo is tourists….
The Dutch association SSN owns several main line steam engines. Once a year they organize hourly steam trains from their depot in Rotterdam to Gouda. Here some shots from the depot which illustrate the size of these engines
In autumn, the Dutch polder landscape is often hidden in fog. But suddenly the infinite expanse of this horizontal landscape comes back. The ugly attributes inflicted by progress, such as distribution centers, skyscrapers or power lines, disappear into the fog. Even the noise of the omnipresent internal combustion engine in its various appearances appears muffled
This summer I went sailing around the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Of course we went snorkeling regularly and surprisingly for such an over-touristic spot, there was loads of life under water. It is quite tricky to take pictures of fish, they usually try to get away from you, they are fast, the light is poor and it is difficult to see the camera screen under water. And the photos shouldn’t look like being taken in an aquarium. Here are some results: