Sunday, 31 March 2013


Only the dead see the end of wars

Plato, Greek philosopher 427-347

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The castle of Doornenburg

Already in the 9th century there was a castle in the little town of Doornenburg. This castle was built in the 13th century and according to the records, it was never taken by the enemy. Until the 19th century noble families lived here. During WWII it was severely damaged, but with the help of the government it was repaired and restored. It is a museum now.
We visited the castle during februari, and it was not open for the public at that moment. It as also a very cold day (as the pictures will probably tell you)
From the outside, the castle surrounded by a moat.

The enterance to the court yard.
From the outside, the chapel (lovely little tower) and the moat.

The little chapel on the courtyard. The bridge is the enterance to the castle.
From the outside, you can see the main part of the castle at the left, and the courtyard with the chapel at the right.

The high and strong walls defend the castle

The courtyard as it looks now. The main building is surrounded by a moat. You have to cross a bridge to enter.
The main part of the castle, built for defence.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Steve McQueen

For Steve McQueen, who would have celebrated his 83rd birthday, if he was still with us.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Floral greetings from Rome

I really love flowers, and when I am on holiday, I usually take pictures of the flowers people have on their balconies and in their windowsills. And since it seems Spring just will not come, I thought I would try to recreate some idea of Spring and Summer in these cold and wet days by showing the most beautiful flowers in Rome. Photographs were taken by me in Rome, in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

I am jealous of this one, it is a balcony looking over the Piazza Navona.

Lovely and simple

This balcony has of view of the Spanish Stairs

I don't know how these people did this, not in a million years would I be able to make my balcony look like this.
It is amazing!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Marilyn Monroe

Clothes have to be tight enough to show you are a woman, and loose enough to show you're a lady.

Marilyn Monroe, American Actress 1926-1962

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is a woman I admire very much. Although she had the image of a dumb-blonde, she was most certainy not stupid. She loved to read, she took acting classes in New York to perfect her work and tried really hard to be recognized as a serious actress. She had a very kind heart, and a lot of people took advantage of her.
She was very unsure of herself, although countless people told her she was beautiful, it was never enough to satisfy her insecurities of being not good enough. She was married three times and had a couple of high-profile lovers, but one of the great sadnesses in her life was that none of the marriages worked out, and that she never had children, only miscarriages.
She became more and more dependent on alcohol and pills, and these finally caused her death. She died alone in her appartment. She was only 36 years old.
HERE is a link to an article I wrote about the biography I read recently.

With second husband Joe DiMaggio. He still loved her even though they divorced. He arranged the funeral and until his own death he made sure twice a week a red rose was placed on her grave. Photo source
With third husband Arthur Miller. He found her irritating and he could not cope with her insecurities. Photo source
Smiling at the camera Photo source

Very elegant. Photo source

Absolutely beautiful. Photo source

No need to say more. Photo source
Reading and writing were hobbies of her. Photo source

Casual at the beach. Photo source

Casual at the beach. Photo source

Gorgeous Photo source

Less than perfect hair, still amazing. Photo source 
Smiling and relaxed. Photo source

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Winston Churchill

I may be drunk, miss,but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.

Winston Churchill. English politician 1875-1964

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Women and books

Two weeks ago, I did a blogpost about the painter Vanessa Bell (here). One of the paintings I loved very much was that of a sitting room, with a woman reading a book. I love paintings of women reading, and although there are many blogs where you can find beautiful examples of these paintings, I wanted to show you a few I like very much, just like the one by Vanessa Bell.

Ivan Olinsky

Alexander Deineka

Peter Worsley

Claude Monet
Vanessa Bell

Sunday, 3 March 2013


You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
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