These two judges were judging the achievements of the theatre groups who competed each other for the approval of the public. This was at an evening theatre sport, which is a from of stand-up comedians, but the audience have a large influence on the plays. It was great fun.
I was in a traffic jam yesterday and noticed something I hate, since I was driving so slow I had the time to take a better look around then I usually do. I noticed what I know already, cameras everywhere... At this point, close to Rotterdam, they are even located within 1 km of each other. That is not speed control, it's total control! It gives me the very unpleasant feeling being tracked all the time. I was stopped by police not long ago. They knew everything of me, the origin of the car, lease company, my employer, I bet they knew much more then they said.
Strasbourg has a huge medieval Cathedral, with a added typical spire as you can see on the first picture I posted of Strasbourg. I could spend hours discovering every detail. As you see often at French Cathedrals there are a lot of statues on the outside. I guess they have had a facelift in the recent years.
More at Wikipedia, must be of to work now, posting a picture at my blog has become one of my morning rituals..... I am late today!
Daemons, hobgoblins, trolls, gnomes and devils were plentiful present at the Carnival. This one attacked me, when he noticed I took a picture of him, and I noticed he noticed, my fate was sealed. I tried to run away but it came after me, performing some ritual on my head with the thing he has in is hand. I called for help but nobody came to the rescue...they all laughed at me.
(when you zoom in the first picture you can see the eyes of the man behind the mask making his judgement)
What I liked from the carnival was the amount of work the groups of people put into it. There were so many nice initiatives. This was an eye catcher; four huge puppets, I guess it is not too difficult to make.
Maybe an idea to for the coming ‘cow market’ in Woerden. I have to gather some friends to work together… that might be fun.
We happen to be in Strasbourg during the carnival (isn’t that supposed to be over after Ash Wednesday?) . It was very interesting to see, the carnival is quite different from the one you see over here (much less alcohol is flowing). It was great fun, a lot of people dressed up with themes. A lot of French candy was thrown. The king and queen of the carnival, they were enjoying themselves so much they made it onto the papers.
I have returned from my trip to Strasbourg, it was a real surprize! Strasbourg is a city with an old city centre, a German-French culture, great food and a lot to see. I made a lot of pictures I will share some, here are a few of Strasbourg downtown.
I have brought a visit to the new office where my brother works. One of my brothers is manager at a painting company. His company moved to a new office, which is magnificent really. Top design and very luxurious; one of the contradictions you see going on here. All though we are in a crisis, business and live is going on as it used to, people shop, go to restaurants, spend and so does business, from the outside. On the macro level business did decrease drastically, on micro level everybody is going on as usual. I guess we are running on reserves? I don't know.
Anyway here some pictures of the office, it are quite a few. I will be off on a short city trip to Strasbourg in France. I will show some of the photos later in a week...:)
Have a glass of Perlino! When you’re up or down, this sweet, rich spicy wine, makes your heart joyfull... I discovered it at the local Italian Deli and actually bought it because I liked the label. It has become one of my favourite drinks, at the end the day, sipping and over thinking the events which passed me that day...
The wine comes from Italy, the Piedmont region, the Perlino product line has several sparkling, aromatized and fortified wines and vermouth.. So if you have a sweet tooth: perlino.com.
This is just a house I think to be interesting. It is definitely a very old house. The round little tower is the stare case. This is something they did in the middle ages. The front has been fashioned in the 1700's, the white front on the ground floor looks like an extension made in the 1800's for a shop. I know that the back wall is made of a wall of a monastery which used to be on that site. In the shop beside this building you can actually see the wall with some artefacts of long ago.
From the front, see a tiered tourist trudge with his camera..
I could spend months blogging on the Dome so I will stick to one particular shot.
First a very short history of the Dome Church: it's probably near the site of the first church of Utrecht, founded by St. Willibort in 600, dedicated to St. Martin (the protection Saint of The Netherlands). It has been a rich Catholic Church until the reformation when it became Protestant and which it remained till today, it still functions as a church and has an active community.
During restorations they found some artefacts which survived the iconoclasm of 1572. This painting was found under layers of chalk. When I see it I am always fascinated, as if it is a 'window' to the past, knowing that people of five to six hundred years ago looked at the same image almost unchanged.
Information on the church The dome from the air with Google maps
City in the west of the Dutch province Utrecht, founded by the Romans in 40 AD as a castellum at the Northern Fronteer of the Roman Empire. Received city rights in 1372, forensic city for North and South Holland's bigger cities, 33.650 inhabitants.
Woerden Community contains the towns and villages: Harmelen, Kamerik and Zegveld.