Saturday, July 23, 2016

DELVING DEEP INTO DELFT, DOMAIN OF DELIGHTFUL BLUE/WHITE PORCELAIN AND KNOWN AS PRINCE CITY. IT WAS HERE THAT PRINCE WILLIAM OF NASSAU, FATHER OF NETHERLANDS, WAS MURDERED AND THE 2 BULLET HOLES CAN STILL BE SEEN ON THE WALLS OF PRINZENHOF MUSEUM. THE NEW CHURCH IN MARKET SQUARE IS THE FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR MANY OF HOLLAND'S MONARCHS. DELFT IS FAMOUS FOR 2 COLORS---DELFT BLUE FROM ITS PORCELAIN AND ORANGE FOR ITS CLOSE TIES TO THE HOUSE OF ORANGE, NETHERLANDS' REIGNING ROYAL FAMILY!

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PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO VISITED DELFT FOR THE SECOND TIME TO BUY MORE DELFT PORCELAIN FROM HOLLAND HOUSE LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE MAIN MARKET SQUARE WITH THE SPECTACULAR 109 METRE NEW CHURCH AT ONE END AND DELFT TOWN HALL IN THE OTHER.

PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO IN DELFT NEXT TO ONE OF NUMEROUS CANALS
IT IS VERY HARD TO TAKE A BAD PHOTO OF DELFT!
EVERY CORNER SEEMS MORE INTERESTING THAN THE LAST


INCREDIBLY PRETTY AND EVER SO PHOTOGENIC

NO, THIS IS NOT A ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY GREEN ROAD BUT A CANAL COVERED WITH THICK, GREEN ALGAE! 

THIS IS THE REAL STREET! 
THE WATER IS SO STILL THE SHADOWS DO NOT MOVE AND THE CANAL LOOKS LIKE PAINTED PAVEMENT!
LOOKS LIKE YOU CAN SIMPLY WALK ACROSS THIS GREEN CARPET BUT UNLESS YOU ARE JESUS CHRIST, YOU CANNOT WALK ON WATER! OR CAN YOU?
GIRL WITH PEARL EARRING IS WORLD FAMOUS AND THIS PAINTING IS IN MAURITS HOUSE IN THE HAGUE
NOW RECREATED AS DELFT BLUE PORCELAIN TILES!




THE 109 METRE NEW CHURCH WHICH IS ACTUALLY VERY OLD AS IT DATES BACK TO 1381 BUT IT WAS BUILT OVER AN EVEN OLDER CHURCH SO IT WAS SIMPLY CALLED 'NEW CHURCH'

ELSJE BAL AND STAFF MEMBER OF HOLLAND HOUSE WHICH SELLS THE BEST SOUVENIRS AT LOWEST PRICES! 
THIS IS HOLLAND HOUSE! HOLLANDHOUSEDELFT@ZIGGO.NL
YOU CAN TELL THE CLEANING IS NOT COMPLETED AS THE TOP IS STILL BLACKENED!

YES THE TOWN HOUSE OPPOSITE ALSO REQUIRES CLEANING

CLOGS ARE CUTE SOUVENIRS
TULIP UMBRELLA AS LAMP
DUTCH DESSERT DELIGHT! BUT TOUGH TO PRONOUNCE WHICH EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF 'DOUBLE DUTCH'!
BEST WITH POWDERED SUGAR!
FAVORITE DESSERT OF PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO
YUMMY
DATO KEE HUA CHEE ENJOYS HIS DUTCH TREAT TOO
YUMMY! 

MAGICAL AFTERNOON AT SCHEVENINGEN BEACH AT THE HAGUE, HOLLAND. NOT A TROPICAL PARADISE LIKE MALAYSIAN BEACHES AS THERE ARE NO SWAYING COCONUT TREES BUT JUST AS FUN!

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Scheveningen beach is famous for magnificent, 5-star Kurhaus hotel, promenade, Sea Life aquarium, beach boulevard, trendy restaurants, cafes and bars plus colorful sunsets to take the breath away!

Scheveningen is one of 8 districts of The Hague and its long clean safe beach, pier, esplanade and lighthouse are justly acclaimed.  Wind surfing and kite boarding are popular past times. 

This beach is just a short 20 minute drive from the centre of The Hague.


 MARK VAN BLANKENSTEIN, HIS BROTHER RICHARD BLANKENSTEIN ARE FIRST COUSINS OF RAPHAEL AND DANIEL MANTZ AS THE DUTCH GUYS ARE SONS OF JULIA MANTZ, SISTER OF MICHAEL MANTZ
 THUMBS UP
2 DUTCH BOYS AND 2 HALF DUTCH, HALF FILIPINO KIDS


THE GRAND, HISTORIC 5-STAR KURHAUS HOTEL AT SCHEVENINGEN








DOWN UNDER BEACH RESTAURANT, CAFE AND DECK WHICH IS A REPLICA OF A TYPICAL AUSTRALIAN BEACH HANGOUT, HENCE THE NAME. THE OWNERS USED TO SPEND HALF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA AND HAS RECREATED A LITTLE BIT OF DOWN UNDER UP NORTH IN HOLLAND!




DOGS ARE EVERYWHERE WHICH SHOULD BE THE LAW EVERYWHERE AS DOGS ARE CREATED BY JESUS AND BUDDHA AND THE GODS TO BE OUR SOUL MATES AND CONSTANT COMPANIONS




















THE TWO BROTHERS MARK AND RICHARD VAN BLANKENSTEIN PLAYING FOOTER






THIS LITTLE INLAND LAGOON IS A FAVORITE FOR DOGS AND LOUSY SWIMMERS AS YOU CANNOT DROWN IN THIS STRIP OF WATER!






RAPHAEL AND GLORIA LOVE THIS PATCH OF PARADISE


RAPHAEL AND DANIEL AT PLAY
SHE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE OLYMPIC SWIMMER
BUT WHO CARES---SHE IS ENJOYING HERSELF WITH HER BESTEST FRIEND WHO NEVER CRITICISES AND LOVES HER UNCONDITIONALLY














SEE HOW THE DARLING DOGGIE ADMIRES THE LADIES


FEAR NOT, THE DOG'S HERE




MARK AND RICHARD VAN BLANKENSTEIN PLAYING FOOTBALL WITH THEIR COUSINS DANIEL AND RAPHAEL MANTZ
ACTUALLY RICHARD'S NAME IS RITSAART BUT HOW TO SPELL AND PRONOUNCE SO I CHRISTEN HIM RICHARD LAH
GLORIA IS AGGRESSIVE PLAYER


2 BEST FRIENDS
THIS IS ONE OF LIFE'S BEST MOMENTS---A MAN AND HIS DOG OR SHOULD THAT BE A DOG AND HIS MAN?
SAME SAME
DANIEL SEEMS TO SUDDENLY SPROUT BLACK WINGS
NETHERLANDS' TOP FOOTBALL PLAYERS






DOGS AT PLAY


STUNNING IF SEVERE BUILDINGS
BACK TO MY BEACH




IS SHE READING OR SHIELDING SUN FROM EYES
THIS IS THE GOOD LIFE




MARK AND RITSAART VAN BLANKNSTEIN, RAPHAEL AND DANIEL MANTZ




HORSE RIDERS


DIDNT REALISE MESSI WAS WITH US




AFTER FOOTBALL COMES VOLLEYBALL!




WOW RITSAART DOES A FLYING PUNCH




FAMOUS PROMENADE OF SCHENEVINGEN














RITSAART VAN BLANKENSTEIN PLAYS AGAINST THE 3 MANTZES AND WON!


















MICHAEL MANTZ JOINS IN TO BATTLE AGAINST HIS NEPHEW RITSAART!












DON'T PANIC THE BOY IS NOT STANDING IN MIDAIR BUT JUMPING FROM TRAMPOLINE!


HERE HE REALLY LOOKS LIKE HE IS FLOATING IN MIDAIR!






LIFE IS FUN AND GAMES AINT'T IT?
































SUN IS SLOWLY SETTING AROUND 9.30 PM!
DANIEL MANTZ PRACTISES WALKING ON TIGHTROPE TO JOIN CIRQUE DU SOLEIL


FELL!
BET IS PAINFUL
GLORIA WALKS THE TIGHTROPE


RAPHAEL WALKS SUCCESSFULLY TO END










NEW FRIENDS ARE EASILY MADE
RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF MICHAEL MANTZ


DANIEL MANTZ MEASURES HIS LENGTH


RAPHAEL AND GLORIA DO SAME




SUN IS NOW GOLDEN ORB AND SETTING FAST OVER THE HORIZON!




HANDSOME BLONDE WAITER
SMILE!


STRANGE VIEWS OF SUNSET


USING FISHEYE LENS!












SPECIAL EFFECTS!
























DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND CHEF, HIS NEW FRIEND
CHEF AND HIS NEW FRIEND FROM MALAYSIA DATO KEE HUA CHEE


SETH, CHEF, HIS BRO AND FATHER WHO WORKED IN MALAYSIA FOR 2 YEARS!






















 DANIEL, RAPHAEL AND GLORIA PLAY FOR LAST TIME BEFORE RETURNING HOME AND IT IS NOW 10.30 PM BUT STILL BRIGHT