Past and Present


Got stuck in rush hour bike traffic last morning in Ghent on the way to the train station for our return trip to Amsterdam.  On our last morning in Holland we stopped at the Stedelijk Museum of Contemporary Art.  It too had major renovations and has incorporated the old building into a state of the art new wing.

The old main train station in Ghent with a new entrance.
The old main train station in Ghent with a new entrance.
Bicycle parking early in the morning from the commuter rush.
Bicycle parking early in the morning from the commuter rush.
Inside main hall of the ghent train station.We've seen some nice stations and it's odd that one of the biggest (Amsterdam) is quite ugly on the inside though similar in architecture to the Rijksmuseum on the outside.
Inside main hall of the ghent train station.We’ve seen some nice stations and it’s odd that one of the biggest (Amsterdam) is quite ugly on the inside though similar in architecture to the Rijksmuseum on the outside.
Had to take the bikes up the escalator.  Definitely not ADA compliant.
Had to take the bikes up the escalator. Definitely not ADA compliant.
Back in Bussum we walked past a private home that still has a thatched roof.  Must be expensive to replace but so beautiful.
Back in Bussum we walked past a private home that still has a thatched roof. Must be expensive to replace but so beautiful.
There are fewer and fewer of these roofs but they are quite lovely.  Hope people keep them up!
There are fewer and fewer of these roofs but they are quite lovely. Hope people keep them up!
On the way to returning our bikes we pass the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, a stunning modern building.
On the way to returning our bikes we pass the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, a stunning modern building.
The new facade of the Stedelijk Museum
The new facade of the Stedelijk Museum
Looking from the entrance of the Stedelijk is a Richard Serra sculpture, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksemuseum in the distance.
Looking from the entrance of the Stedelijk is a Richard Serra sculpture, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksemuseum in the distance.
Farewell to Holland and Europe (for now) to a very different world.  On to Jerusalem.
Farewell to Holland and Europe (for now) to a very different world. On to Jerusalem.

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