Every town should have (1) colourful fishing boats (2) a spectacular cathedral (3) a link to the Titanic
If we found Cork a little colourless yesterday, we had no such problem with its neighbouring port town Cobh today.
A large proportion of the bright paint in Ireland has ended up here, and the town enthusiastically stresses its 90 minute-long Titanic connection. Continue reading
They don't make 'em like they used to - they wouldn't dare. A. O'Reilly has been selling tripe since 1910.
I do love the idea of being in Ireland.
Mevrouw T and I arrived this morning and will be spending the best part of the next fortnight here. I’m sure we’ll have some foine toimes. Continue reading
Do you think they look good? Photo: Roetz Bikes
About a million new bikes are sold each year in the Netherlands, from which it follows that thousands of old ones go to the scrap heap (or to the bottom of a canal).
Tiemen ter Hoeven and Mark Groot Wassink buy up useable old bike frames from police and government depots, give them a trendy paint job, fit them with durable new components and sell them. Continue reading
Two tunnel entrances of (almost) equal size - cars to the left, bikes to the right.
Is there anywhere else in world where cyclists get their own tunnels?
We came across this one just south of Rotterdam. Continue reading
Filed under Cycling, Holland
Siu Jianguo - Slanted Paradise
Den Haag onder de Hemel (‘The Hague under Heaven’) is the title of this wonderful exhibition of modern Chinese sculpture.
Large scale contemporary works by some of China’s leading artists are lined up under the linden trees in one of Nederland’s most beautiful streets – Lange Voorhout. Continue reading
Amsterdam hotels and restaurants are notoriously expensive compared to what is available in other parts of Europe.
So you may well be looking for some euro-saving options in the entertainment/transport/museum areas. Continue reading