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MY JOURNEYS


53 countries I have visited:

The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, (former) Jugoslavia, Denmark, Great-Britain, (former) GDR (Eastern Germany), Israel, Tunesia, The Vatican City, The United States, Canada, (former) Soviet-Union, Czechia, Poland, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Sweden, Norway, Finland, China, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Morocco, Hungary, Rumania, Peru, Cyprus, Malta, India, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iran, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Ireland.

JOURNEYS FROM 2004 ON with MANY PHOTO'S

IRELAND and NORTHERN-IRELAND
MEXICO, GUATEMALA and BELIZE
CENTRAL ENGLAND and SOUTHERN WALES
CUBA
IRAN
ITALY: Sicily
VIETNAM and CAMBODIA
NETHERLANS - ZEALAND
NETHERLANS - NORTH BRABANT
NORTHERN ENGLAND
GREECE: isle of Crete
ESTONIA, LATVIA and LITHUANIA
SPAIN - Andalusia
INDIA - Delhi, Agra and state of Rajasthan
BELGIUM - Wallony and Northern-France
MALTA
CYPRUS
LUXEMBURG and environments
PERU
GERMANY: midwest
PORTUGAL: Azores, isle of São Miguel
HUNGARY and Oradea in RUMANIA
GERMANY: Dresden, Meissen and environments
MOROCCO
ITALY: Venice and Verona
CROATIA and BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA
GERMANY: Berlin, Potsdam and Marienborn
GREECE
TURKEY
EGYPT

JOURNEYS UNTIL 2004

PORTUGAL and SPAIN
CHINA
NORWAY, SWEDEN and FINLAND
JORDAN, SYRIA and LEBANON
POLAND
FRANCE: Brittanny
CZechia: Prague
SOVJET-UNION: Moscow and Leningrad
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ITALY: Rome, Ostia and Pompeii
TUNESIA
ISRAEL

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PORTUGAL and SPAIN in 2003

A journey by plane, only just over 2 hours, to Oporto in the north of Portugal and a group journey by coach from Oporto to Coimbra, Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Óbidos, Lisbon and Évora and in SPAIN Mérida, Cáceres, Trujillo, Toledo, Madrid, Segovia and Salamanca. Beautiful places, most of them situated on hills on rivers. Some of them are still surrounded, partly or even completely, by a medieval city wall. Some impressive remains from the Roman period can be seen, mainly in Spain. In spring the landscape is very green with wild plants in bloom and olive trees, cork-oakes, date-palms, fan-palms and cypresses. Some corn-fields, from a distance, show large red spots caused by poppies.

Portugal: Porto

Spain: Toledo

Spain: Segovia

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CHINA in 2002

A journey by plane, about 9 hours to the capital Beijing. Further on by coach. Beijing: the well-known square of heavenly peace, the forbidden city, the summer-palace; to the north of the city the Chinese wall. A domestic flight to Xi'an: here is the famous terracotta (stone) army of 7000 life-size statues of soldiers and horses at the tomb of the first emperor. Worth seeing in this city is a mosk in Chinese style and the city-wall and towers. Journey by train through a landscape with steep rocks with cave-dwellings. In Luoyang there are 1000 big and small Boeddha-statues in niches on a mountain-side. By night-train to Nanjing upon the yellow river. By bus to Suzhou and the small watertown of Tongli, then to Hangzhou. Boeddhist temples, pagodes and Chinese gardens are to be found in these places, so-called small cities (except Tongli) with 2 to 6 million inhabitants! Finally to Shanghai with its numerous skyscrapers and extensive port. A domestic flight back to Beijing; here large apartment-buildings spring out of the ground too and old, small houses are demolished. Both cities have over 13 million inhabitants. The busy streetlife is fascinating: a world of its own.

Chinese wall near Beijing

Xi'an: terracotta army

Hangzhou: Buddha statues

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NORWAY, SWEDEN and FINLAND in 2001

A journey by coach of over 6000 kilometers (from the Dutch border) and three times a night-ferryboat. First to Sweden and along the southwestcoast to Norway. up to the most northern point of the mainland of Europa, the north cape, next through Finland back southward, to Helsinki, then by ferry to Stockholm and back home through southern Sweden.
Norway has a beautiful landscape with mountains and fjords. Above the polar circle in summer the sun will not set at night: this is a very special experience. Sweden and Finland have a landscape with endless woods and many lakes. There are fine cities too, amongst others the country-capitals.

NORWAY: North Cape around midnight

FINLAND: one of the 200.000 lakes

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JORDAN, SYRIA and LEBANON in 1999

A journey by plane and by coach. The Middle-East has a lot to offer, for example in these three countries. Petra, the ancient town in the south of Jordan, really is the highlight in this area. The desert (rock) landscape is very beautiful too. Gerasa near the present-day town of Jerash is a important ancient town from the Roman Empire. In Amman there are some antiquities too, but it is a modern city. Floating in/on the Dead Sea is an experience, not to be missed in Jordan (or in Israel). More of an Arabic atmosphere is to be found in Syria, for example in Damascus, Hama and Aleppo. Interesting Roman excavations, partially reconstructed, you can find in Palmyra in the east in the desert, in Apamea and in Bosra in het very south. Very famous is the huge Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers in the west. Lebanon is different from the other countries. It is interesting to discover how Beyrouth is rebuilt after the end of the war in 1991. Tripoli is een nice, old town on the coast. Not far from it you can find the ruins of one of the oldest towns in het world, Byblos. In the Bekaa valley there is the famous Baalbek with the remains of the largest Roman (Jupiter) temple in the world, with a magnificant view of the snowed mountains. On the mountains in central Lebanon you can admire the last cedar trees.

Petra in JORDAN

Damascus in SYRIA

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POLAND in 1995

A journey by coach. Something completely different: the Eastern-European culture. Warschau was almost completely destroyed by the bombardments in the Second World War, but still it has something to offer: the city center has been rebuilt very nicely. The city of Krakau survived the war with little damage and is now the most beautiful city in the country. It has 8 former synagoges; some of them are hardly recognisable: you need a good travel guide. The small towns of Lublin and Torun are authentic too. Gdansk was restaurated and rebuilt in pre-war style and it looks very good. There are mountains in the south of Poland, there are several national parks en a lake district in the north-east (which I did not visit).

Warschau, the restored old city center

Krakau with the cathedral Wawel

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BRITTANY in 1994

A journey with my own car. The savage coastal areas are very different with nice foot-paths. The well-known dolmens and menhirs are present in vast quantities and many different shapes. Besides there are nice castles and small churches. Very worthwile visiting is Mount Saint-Michel which is just in Normandy.

Ploumanach: pink granite coast

Erdeven: rows of menhirs

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PRAGUE in 1993

A journey by plane and by bus, tram and underground/subway within the city. Prague is magnificent. You should also go beyond the most well-known streets and squares, often crowded with tourists. Then you will find many beautiful places in a quiet atmosphere. There are interesting museums too, so my two weeks visit of Prague was not too long.

Old city center square

Jugendstilhouse Helenka in Smichov quarter

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MOSCOW and LENINGRAD in 1989

A journey by plane and coach; flight from Leningrad to Moscow. Eastern-Europ once again. In those days it was the Soviet-Union of Gorbatsjov. Leningrad, called Saint Petersburg (again) nowadays, I liked the most. A boat trip on the river Njewa by night offers a splendid view of the city. In summer it gets dark very late at night! There are many palaces; the Winterpalace or Hermitage is a magnificent building; it contains the largest museum of the world. Moscow also is worthwile visiting. There are numerous churches and monasteries, often with five onion-shaped domes. The biggest churches are in the Kremlin, which in fact is an old city center surrounded by walls; in Moscow it is also the seat of the government. Particular interesting to visit: many subway/underground/metro stations with marble and mosaic covered walls. In Moscow beside many nice coloured churches there are ugly buildings among which some scyscrapers.

MOSKOU: Red Square, to the right: Kremlin

LENINGRAD (Saint Petersburg): winterpalace

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the north-east, in 1987

A journey by plane to New York; bus and underground/subway in the city; journey by coach to the other places. New York is a fascinating city, incomparable to other cities I know. You might think there are many skyscrapers which look like boxes of bricks, but that is not the case. The majority of the buildings is low and there are the older, not very high scyscrapers which sometimes have a neo-gothical facade. In the south of Manhattan, the Batterypark, you can find a Dutch text on a statue and in Harlem there is a Dutch-colonial house from 1783. In that time New York was a Dutch colony, until they (we) sold (!) it to the English. New York has many museums, so a one-week visit is hardly long enough. Washington is a completely different city. The gouvernment buildings look good, but what stroke me most was an enormous, Gothic style cathedral, not nearly completed after tens of years of building. The next city: Philadelphia, the seat of the first two presidents. Something completely different: the Niagara-falls on the US-Canadian border. Many tourists of course, but quite spectacular.

New York, seen from Empire State Building

Washington, backside White House

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ROME, OSTIA and POMPEII in 1986

A journey by plane, by bus and underground/subway in Rome and to Ostia, and by coach to Pompeii. Rome, de Rome, the eternal city, should I say more? Ostia is a seaside place, but the excavations of antique Ostia are (nowadays) a few miles from the coast. It is nearly as well preserved as the famous Pompeii. But, risen from the ashes, at the foot of the vulcano Vesuvius, Pompeii is wonderful.

ROME, seen from Saint Peter's church

POMPEII: house of the faun

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TUNESIA in 1984

A journey by plane and by coach through most of the country. The Arabic and/or Islamic art and culture are very interesting. Besides there are many excavations from the Roman Empire period. The best known site is Carthago, near the capital Tunis, at first a Phoenician town, later on captured by the Romans. In the small town El Djem there is a colosseum, which is almost as large and better conserved than the well-known collosseum in Rome. The landscape, especially in the south, is very attractive: the desert, the oases, the salt lakes. I did not like the tourist resorts at the coast very much.

Sfax: inside a mosk

Douga: Roman Capitol

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ISRAEL in 1981

A journey by plane and one week with a small group in a large car and two weeks on my own by bus to several places in the country and on the Westbank. There is too much to mention here.

Jerusalem, seen from the Mount of Olives

Massada and the Dead Sea

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