Saturday, June 24, 2017

Artis Amsterdam zoo

Artis Amsterdam Zoo
During the Second World War, many Jewish people had to go in hiding in fear of being detained by the Nazis. People hide in attics, cellars, farm barns and sometimes in plain sight. Hiding in places that are prohibited to be for the Jewish people like the Zoo. The Amsterdam zoo, Artis, gave shelter to many people, 300 Jewish were hiding from the Nazis in areas above the animal cages. Similar to what happen at Warsaw the zoo in Poland ( as seen in the film "The zookeepers wife" ) where Jewish people were saved from the ghetto and deportation to the Nazi extermination camps. Many people survived the war, because they were given shelter even the risks of severe punishment.

                                                              Butterfly pavillon

Here was the big cats cages. At the storerooms above these cages 
jewish people was hiding during the second world war. 

Tapir and flower

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Johann Cruijff

Johann Cruijff football legend was born on 25 April 1947 in Betondorp (Concrete Town)- a neighbourhood Located in south east Amsterdam on a street five minutes away from the old Ajax’s stadium, his first football club.

Johan lived at De Akkerstraat 32 in Amsterdam in a part of town called Betondorp, Betondorp is social housing experiment build after the First World War using cheap materials and simple design for the working class. Nowadays its praised for its innovative approach and clean functional design making it a modernist landmark.

Betondorp was a fantastic place to play football. On the streets, before these public spaces were cluttered with cars and traffic, Johan spent as much time out of the house as possible;  playing football everywhere he could.

Here where the road passes underneath the houses Johan used to kick the ball from side to side.

 Wal painted where the former Ajax stadium: De Meer was located and which borders Betondorp, where Johan Cruijff grew up.

 Cruijff often said: “Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest.”

Monday, June 5, 2017


is the longest running art fair for modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Chet Baker

Friday 13 May 1988 Amsterdam
That morning at 3:10 am Chet Bakker, the famous jazz trumpet player , singer, was found dead, laying on the street under his window on the second floor of his room 210 at hotel Prins Hendrik at the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam. Baker was 59 years of age he was in Amsterdam as part of a multi-appearance tour of the Netherlands. 
Chet regularly preformed at the Amsterdam cafe "De Kroeg" ( nowadays called "Malou Melo") took part in jam sessions and stayed the night above the cafe.
Chet was not only known for his incredible trumpet virtuosity and tender voice but also as a timeless style icon.

Chet Baker playing in Amsterdam

                                             Hotel Prins Hendrik Amsterdam

                                      Chet Baker room 210

Room 210 Chet Baker