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Sunday, 22 September 2013

MY VISIT TO HOLLAND AND DOLLS FROM SINGAPORE, GERMANY, PORTUGAL and JAPAN


Today I am adding a lovely Samsui doll from SINGAPORE, and dolls from GERMANY, PORTUGAL and JAPAN to my website.
As always, you can see more pictures and information about the dolls on the website.  (I find the Samsui doll particularly interesting.  She is oozing with character!  There is more information about it on the website).
I have also added a few photos from my recent visit to HOLLAND
SINGAPORE - (Samsui woman)
Website Id:  (Asia - Singapore - 008, 008A, 008B, 008C and 008D)
GERMANY - (Buckeburg)
Website Id:  (Europe - Germany - 0018, 0018A and 0018B)
PORTUGAL - (hand made doll)
Website Id:  (Europe - Portugal - 0018)
JAPAN - (Kokeshi dolls)
Website Id:  (Asia - Japan - 0028)
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I have just returned from a visit to HOLLAND.  As it was not a long trip I was restricted to the area of Amsterdam and some of the neighbouring places and sites.  I was particularly impressed with how lovely and clean the country is, and also how friendly the people are.
Due to the time, I was unable to go into some of the places which I would have loved to have seen, but hopefully I will do it sometime in the future!
Although I went inside HET LOO PALACE and also the VAN GOCH MUSEUM, it was not permitted to use a flash on your camera.  I did not want to risk it as I am sure that by now, you are all aware that I am not in the least bit technically minded and I was afraid of the flash "coming on!"  Needless to say, I didn't use my camera at those places!
ME CYCLING IN AMSTERDAM!
(VELUWE NATIONAL PARK)
THE CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION, 
AMSTERDAM
FLOWERS ON A BRIDGE OVER THE CANAL
(AMSTERDAM)
ANNE FRANK'S HOUSE
(AMSTERDAM)
(unfortunately I didn't go inside)
A VERY PRETTY BUILDING BY THE CANAL
(AMSTERDAM)
THE RIJKS MUSEUM - (outside)
AMSTERDAM
(I did not go inside this building)
THE RIJKS MUSEUM  (taken through a window, from outside!)
AMSTERDAM
HET LOO PALACE
(former residence of the Dutch Royal family)
ANOTHER PART OF 
HET LOO PALACE
AND ONE OF ITS' REGULAR VISITORS!
(Hoping for a bit of lunch!)
A PART OF THE GARDENS AT 
HET LOO PALACE
ME BY ONE OF THE FOUNTAINS
(on a VERY sunny day!)

OOSTERBEEK is a complete contrast to Amsterdam.  It is home to the Oosterbeek War Cemetery.  The Cemetery is beautifully kept.  There are many graves of young soldiers (and also a lot of "unknown" ones).
OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 

OOSTERBEEKE AIRBOURNE MUSEUM 
(with life-size models and sound effects)
"SOLDIERS" AT WORK
ANOTHER SCENE
IN THE MUSEUM
A STREET "SOMEWHERE IN HOLLAND!"
ENJOY!
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