A few days in Dutchland

2015-06-27 at 13:47

This is the second part from my short trip to see Dee and Gerben for their wedding in the Netherlands.

Evening at the back of the house
Evening at the back of the house

View from the garden
View from the garden

At the Mirnser Kliff
At the Mirnser Kliff – about 5 minutes away with the bicycle. Most of the cars are from Germany.

Preparations for the party
Preparations for the party

Preparations for the party
Gerbens brother was here to help.

That went quite well and did not even took a long time
That went quite well and did not even took a long time

Time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner

Time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner
Since the tent went up so fast there was ample time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner

How to get to the bed now?
How to get to the bed now?

The view in the morning towards the Ijsselmeer
The view in the morning towards the Ijsselmeer

Sunset trip round the countryside
Sunset trip round the countryside

Sunset trip round the countryside

Sunset trip round the countryside

Back in Amsterdam at the Bus Station
Back in Amsterdam at the Bus Station

Just what you need - two hours customs control
Just what you need – two hours customs control

Off to a Dutch Wedding

2015-06-25 at 17:55

At Stuttgart Airport Bus Station
Stuttgart Airport Bus Station. Since some guys with not too much brain decided to build a new train station we have now 3 different bus stations in Stuttgart. And they are all in the middle of nowhere. This one makes sense if you want to take a bus to the airport. But that is it. There is shelter for a few people on one corner. To small for all the peoples waiting and if it rains and it is cold you are fucked. And you have to go and read the small bus boards to know where the bus goes. That makes you walk back and forth in the rain every time a bus stops somewhere on the large station. Lucky – today the sun is out and it was only a bit windy.

Stop in Karlsruhe
Stop at Karlsruhe bus station next to the train station. If you go to the other side of the train station you end up at the entrance of this nice park. And there is a little shop that sells really good beer as well. Perfect!

Highway to H
The view is quite booooring. But there is free (slow) WiFi and I had a power outlet at my seat so one can charge his device and watch movies. I did read for most of the time. Since there is a toilet as well it is quite comfortable. But slow compared to a train. And way less space of course. But so much cheaper. Had to change to a train in Amsterdam. Dee and Gerben did pick me up at a train station and gave me a ride to their place.

Dutch Breakfast
Dutch breakfast the next morning

Last preparations
Last preparations

The Thai Team
The Thai Team – fiddling with the flowers.

Finally - on the way to the Balk for the wedding.
Finally – on the way to the city!

The wedding
The wedding in the old City Hall of Balk

The kiss
The kiss

The ring
The ring

The picture
The picture

The whole picture
The whole picture

The roof
The roof

Thai food for lunch
After the rather happy ceremony we went back to the house and had some Thai food for lunch.

Off for a tour on the water
In the afternoon they had organized a little boat trip. It was nice and warm – and interesting in the city at last.

Off for a tour on the water

The 1st boat with the locals
The 1st boat with the locals

Looks like an old church
Looks like a old church

Off to the Dutch jungle
Off to the Dutch jungle

Nice bridge
Nice bridge

Nice bridge

Nice bridge

At the Beach Bar
In the afternoon we went to a Beach Bar for an early dinner. Than it was back to the house again.

Pictures from Hollywood – Part III

2015-06-10 at 17:29

This is the last part of my mini series “Pictures from Hollywood” My one day bike trip from Venice Beach to Hollywood and back.

Walking in Hollywood
You know something went wrong when they sell bongs instead of Playmates Shoes…

Walking in Hollywood
Detail from the building N Cherokee Ave / Hollywood Blvd

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood
Further down the road at N McCadden Pl / Hollywood Blvd

Walking in Hollywood
Details from the house where you find now the Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood
Another detail from the El Capitan. The other one you at Pictures from Hollywood Part I. The El Capitan Theater was opened 1926 and owned by the same guy as the Chinese Theater. It was dubbed “Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama” The design featured a Spanish Colonial Revival style exterior and an East Indian interior.

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood
Another detail from the Chinese Theatre

Walking in Hollywood
Another view up to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and named after United States president Theodore Roosevelt.

Walking in Hollywood
Took another way back to Venice Beach and had to stop for this picture! Hello Kermit!

Back to Venice
Art in front of the Ace Museum

Back to Venice
Somewhere close to Culver

Culver City
Culver City – only miles and miles away from home…

Pictures from Hollywood Part II

2015-05-28 at 15:42

Part 2 of my photo walk in Hollywood. Up and down the Hollywood Boulevard.

Walking in Hollywood
Detail of 6554 Hollywood Blvd.

Walking in Hollywood
I remember that place from the last time I walked here – last century…

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood
The Pacific Theatre opened as The Warner Bros. Hollywood Theatre in April 26, 1928. It could seat 2756 people – crazy!

During the 80 week run of “2001, A Space Odyssey” the theatre was sold from Stanley Warner to Pacific Theatres and was renamed the Hollywood Pacific Theatre.

The theatre suffered damage in the 1994 Earthquake. This caused the two balcony screens to be closed. The Pacific Theatre closed finally on August 15, 1994. It remained closed till 2002 the Entertainment Technology Center tested the new digital projection technology. They left again 2006 and in early 2008 it was being used by a church on Sundays. The church vacated the building in June 2013.

There are two antenna towers on top that once transmitted the signal of KFWB radio.

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood
Who does not know the famous letters?

Walking in Hollywood
Do you remember the time when there where record placers and you could put a lot of 45 on a little stick in the middle and each time the 45 reached the end of the song a new one dropped down?? That building reminds me of that.

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

Walking in Hollywood

You find Pictures from Hollywood Part 1 here.

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