HOLLAND is not the country but a region of The Netherlands.
It is the region that Amsterdam is in and stretches northward along the coast. Our host Kess took us for a drive one misty moisty perfectly Dutch day.
Below- Holland is famous for it’s bulbs. Here an Alium field.
Below-The North Sea from Bergen en Zee with the Sun setting at almost ten pm in the evening.
Below-About 20% of The Netherlands is under sea level and this poster reminds us that this area sits some 4.5 metres (15 feet) under sea level and that the local utility company keeps it dry enough for the farmer.
Amsterdam is a picture perfect city that is on a very human scale.
They are indeed ubiquitous but the smoking isn’t everywhere on the streets. It is frowned upon in fact.
It seemed to me smoking was confined only to those places of purveyance.
The slippery slope to national overall decadence seems to have not happened.
Above-This one- “All blessings come from above-(for) The Farmer”
Built 1919-21 in Dutch School Jungenstill or Art Nouveau it is considered as one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world.
The builder was Abraham Icek Tuschinski and was of Polish Jewish descent. He found success as a movie theatre owner opening lavish cinemas around The Netherlands in the teens and twenties.
This building was his crowning achievement and was way ahead of it’s time.
It cost 4 million guilders, using according to his own words the best people, best ideas and best materials he could get. When the Second World War broke out Tuschinski lost all his cinemas and he was transported to a concentration camp and from there to Auschwitz where he died.
Originally opened in 1885 and was closed for renovation from 2003 to 2013. The renovation cost almost 490 million dollars.
Below-His portrait of Gerard Bicker c 1639
The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselyn in about 1652