Monday 25 May 2009

Small but powerful

La Collegiata, Castiglione Olona (Varese)

Saturday 23 May 2009

The Hague, Holland... an elegant and quiet city where Art-Nouveau has put its stamp on architecture. The central area around the Houses of Parliament is composed of small streets and little squares, full of small shops, winebars, old-established wine-shops, typical Dutch old-fashioned café's, art galleries and antique-shops, all located in small buildings with huge sun-reflecting windows. An area where one can still breathe the atmosphere of a past of only horses and carriages trotting along the stately avenue of het Lange Voorhout with its magnificent historical mansion-houses.
Today, long strolls on foot or by bike in this area, and the quiet walks through the beautiful parks around the centre and along the endless sea-shore (off-season only!), sometimes make me feel nostalgic about the times when I grew up there.
Denneweg in The Hague, Holland

Thursday 21 May 2009


Carmen is gentle and kind. Her voice is soft and her diction in Spanish is clear and distinguished. She left her homecountry 37 years ago to give her children a more secure future in the Netherlands. She assists the elderly who need her help. She smiles with grace but her nostalgic eyes seem to look beyond any horizon... towards Chili. Thank you, Carmen, for doing what you are doing.
The Hague, Netherlands

Tuesday 19 May 2009


can often generate beautiful effects.
The painting was made by Dutch painter Willem Kort (my great-uncle); the ceramic sculpture on the right by ceramist Gerda Wijmans (my mother).
My family home in The Hague, Holland

Thursday 14 May 2009

Thursday 7 May 2009

Gentle but firm!

Shanghai Airport
Health check on board before disembarkment