A construction of a Dutch architect, Daniël Stalpaert, this magnificent structure represents the glory of the Dutch Republic. This is the only suitable introduction that I can make, for indeed, nothing can speak of the sense of mission that this country had in that time than the way this structure looks and feels. A purpose-built building for a purpose. Continue reading “‘s Lands Zeemagazijn / Het Scheepvaartmuseum”
This was surprisingly enjoyable though indeed Mr Fry’s take on the ancient myths does not really stretch into the main heroic age which is indeed a very busy time. I found, again, that this book was more enjoyable than I thought it would be; quite possibly this is because of the re-collection it brings to the childhood readings of Ancient Greek mythology that the author also recalls here.
One of these places where some masonry might remain, but the strictly private nature of the grounds it is located on doesn’t quite allow for easy exploration. I did not knock on the door of these people, as indeed I first accidentally walked around the entire area and only then noticed where this place was. Yet, I am not sure that going into the private grounds could have added much. Continue reading “Hautbois Castle”
This is a book which actually took my breath away as I had not expected it to be remotely as interesting as it ended up being. Not only does the work concern itself with the story of the 19th and 20th century doings of the FitzWilliam tragedy (which in themselves are enough for the old adage that one needs not invent fiction but only look into history for a good, if tragic, story), but also the history of mining in that time and the related politics. Continue reading “Review: ‘Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty’, Catherine Bailey”
I came upon this book while reading ‘The Wall’, a story about the construction and general history of Hadrian’s Wall. It mentioned this Roman game in the sense that records in the area allowed extrapolating that soldiers on-duty (off-duty in the daily sense, one would think) were keen players. Continue reading “Ludus latrunculorum”
Horsford is one of these Norfolk places which doesn’t really exist any more except in the mindset of its visitors. It would be very easy to ignore these earthworks, and to let go of what was before. Yet, the status of scheduled monuments doesn’t quite allow for this. Continue reading “Horsford Castle”
Bowes… another one of the landmark castles one can see from the A66, Bowes is less imposing than the others (Brough and Brougham Castles). Nevertheless, Bowes has a special place in my heart, and that is because it reminds me of an indomitable symbol of the Borderlands. Continue reading “Bowes Castle”
Leiden is a small city which is situated between the Old and New Rhines. The same applies to the castle there, which as the story goes, is built upon a man-made hill, and was probably originally used as an escape in case of the very same rivers flooded. Continue reading “Burcht van Leiden”
Don’t visit this place. It’s not worth it. I mean, it could be… but it isn’t.
I tried to go and take a look in December of last month during the day (it was still light) and during reasonable hours, and… — firstly, let me say that most (read: absolutely all) of this site is on private property these days, but it is a farm and there’s a road from that leads onto the main farm building which is in what (I interpreted to be) the new Claxton Manor. Continue reading “Claxton Castle”
Raveningham’s an interesting one: other than the moat, nothing remains insofar as I could see. Indeed, a modern complex is situated in the middle of the moated area though no one was home when I visited — I imagine it is not every day the occupants get asked how they like living in the middle of a moat. Continue reading “Raveningham Hall (Old)”