One of the best traditions in The Netherlands must be the New Year's Eve Bon Fire night. Especially in my hometown The Hague's fishermen's borough called Scheveningen!
Originally, each neighbourhood would build their own bon fire, competing for the tallest stack and the highest fire. After years, this got completely out of hand, where teams were spying on other teams to find out where they hide their stash, and raid it overnight... (more)
After visiting the south of England many times, we have been invited to visit family in Winchester and the Hat Fair. This traditional street theatre festival attracts thousands of people every year.
One of the best acts were the Lords of Strut. Two Irish lads performed some silly stunts. Their show took probably an hour or so, and in the end they didn't do much, however, the comedy value was brilliant! (more)
The south coast of England could easily be mistaken for an exotic coast! The Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, near Bournemouth and Poole and mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It once used to be connected to what is now known as the Isle of Wight, but erosion over many years has left its traces. Around the corner is Durdle Door, a chalk arch. With a speedboat captain who looks exactly like David Hasselhoff when 65 years old, you can’t go wrong! (more)
One of English Heritage’s great country houses, Brodsworth Hall is located in Yorkshire. This series of photographs shows a fun packed sun packed full weekend of World War II re-enactments.
It’s strange to see loads of grown up men ‘play soldier’, very much like the BBC’s ‘Dad’s Army’. Being completely taken back in time with their perfect uniforms and excellent haircuts and even old-English, their attitude was bang on. Always staying in character, for instance not understanding what a visitor’s mobile phone is. (more)
On Boxing Day, the central green square of Great Bowden (Leicestershire) is filled with horses and hounds. The traditional Fernie Hunt is an off-shoot formed in 1856, when the Quorn Hunt (est. 1696) divided, and meets there every boxing day at 11am, regardless of the weather conditions.
Since the Hunting Act 2004, foxes are no longer to be hunted, so nowadays they use a scent trail for the hounds to chase. The horse master leads the horses and hounds, and the riders are linked through modern technology, some look like secret agents of some kind (yeshh mish Moneypenny…!). (more)