Monday, December 26, 2011


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We spent Christmas with our son and family in IJburg which is a residential neighbourhood currently (2011) under construction in the east of Amsterdam. It is situated in the IJ Lake and is being built on artificial islands which have been raised from the lake. The first residents moved into their houses on Rieteiland in November 2002.

Therefore the whole area looks very modern.

Along the artificial canals houses are built and if you have a boat you can just keep it in front of your house door. There are lots and lots of flats and houses squeezed together side by side, but

the overlook is not ugly at all. In fact it is a nice modern area with a lot of water activities

Modern "Venice"

Houses with the boats instead of a car

Green parks and sport's places. It must be very nice in spring and summer.

A beautiful leisure harbor

Many restaurants and cosy cafés

a very modern "open fire"

The most strangest bicycles I have ever seen

The kitchen window is just on the sidewalk. Most of the people have curtains to protect their privacy, this family has put a huge buddha face in the window.

If you have time read the history of Ijburg here the gain of land from the sea is quiet amazing !

Monday, October 17, 2011


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I went to visit the exhibition of Tutankhamun's tomb replica, which was exposed in one of the big Exhibition halls of the Heysel Exhibition Park near the Atomium in Brussels.

The Egyptolog Paul Heinen, German designer and developer of multiplex cinemas had the idea of creating a replica of the tomb in 2002. He chose a hundred Egyptian craftsmen, the best, able to reproduce to the hundredth of a millimeter the around five thousand items exhibited in the Museum of Cairo. Wulf Kohl, German artist who lived more than thirty years in Cairo, lends a hand, together with the Griffith Institute in Oxford, Egyptologists and experts. They needed to find current materials "to pretend" 100%!

After a long search to find the perfect site to test the exhibition, Paul Heinen choose Zurich. In 2006, the architect and designer Rainer Verbizh is in control, from Zurich to Brussels, via Budapest, Hamburg, Brno, Munich, Manchester, Madrid, Dublin, Cologne. Meanwhile over 1.7 million people have visited this exhibition since 2008.

Tutankhamun was the boy king of Egypt, who reigned for 10 years, was nine years old when he became pharaoh and reigned for approximately ten years and died at the age of 18. After 4000 years, in 1922 Howard Carter an English archaeologist and Egyptologist discovered the nearly intact tomb in the valley of the Kings. I don't want to give a history lesson you can read all about it here

Since February over 200.000 visitors came to see this exceptional Exhibition which usually should end on November 4 th but had been prolonged until the 27.

All items shown in this Exhibition are perfect replicas from the originals which are in Cairo's museum. We really admired the artists who had created such perfect copies, that it is almost impossible to see what is the original and what is the replica, unless you realize that the copies are not in real gold as the originals.

Now I take you on a virtual tour and show you what I have seen.

The tomb of Tutankhamun clearly shown in the 3 D design

and what was found in the outbuilding

and in the antechambre. When you think that the originals are all of pure gold you can imagine the immense value of all these items besides the historical one.

The sarcophagus was in the last of these huge golden "boxes" (they called them funeral chapels) in the Funerary Chamber which you can see on the above graphic.

Looking inside of the first and biggest one

Decoration with turquoises

Beautiful artwork

the last one before the sarcophagus

which is shown here

another one inside the above shows the mommy

The footboard of the sarcophagus

The details

His mask

The finger protections in gold

and for the feet too, there were also the golden sandals.

children sarcophagus

and a bed which would suit me too

All these items should ease his life in another world

I am not sure what this was, servants or soldiers ?

there were also golden boats

and guards

Different items to protect him

His throne from the front


and back

a heavy very big collar

and enormous earrings. I thought they would rather fit on elephant ears


a coach

bathroom items for oils and creames

Even the damages from tomb raiders were copied. There had been a vase on the back of this "goat" and a horn is missing.

We really were blinded by all this gold when we came out !


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I love painting, writing, travelling and photography. My favorit models are cats which I observe with fun and humor. I am German, married to an Italian and we live in Waterloo (15 km from Brussels) / Belgium since many years. Waterloo is a famous place to many tourists, because Napoleon lost his battle here against Wellington and other European countries.


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