Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 - T for Dutch architecture, Dutch food, an English cleaning lady and a German light house

Hello everyone! Hello T-gang!

This blog post is photo heavy as I wanted to show you some more photos of Rotterdam, show you a lovely meal that I had and of course show you my postcard for today. 

So here goes:
This is a typical street in Rotterdam called a 'singel' because it has a canal in the middle. This one is called the Heemraadsingel.

 There are some beautiful houses along here. I just love this type of architecture from the 1920s (more or less).
 Here is an example of front doors. The two houses will be the mirror image of each other.
 This is a street without a canal. It has similar type houses. This is a corner house.
 This, would you believe it, is a school. Luckily there are preservation rules in Holland that special architectural features like tiles and stained glass windows etc have to be kept when modernising buildings.
 When I took these pictures I was on my way to the station to catch a train, so I did not have time to focus on details and try out that awesome zoom on this new camera.

I was on my way to Leiden (another town in Holland) to have dinner with my sister and my cousin. I have mentioned this before on a previous blog post but I did not show you what we had for dinner. And as we are having a T-party at Altered Book Lover hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard, I must show you something with a drink in it:
 This was the entree. There were three of us but we ordered an entree for two as we thought it would be more than enough (which it was). It was absolutely delicious. There was soup, bread plus garlic butter and cheese, olives and salami, then a salad in a jar and a dish of king prawns.
 Our main was some sort of oriental pork. My cousin asked for a side dish of potato chips, and this is how it arrived:
 In a bag, on a wooden plate with a dollop of mayonnaise!
We didn't fancy desserts but ordered coffees:
Mine (on the right) was a chai latte which I had already started drinking (lest you think I only got half a glass), my sister had an Irish coffee (in the middle) which has Irish whiskey in it , and my cousin had a frappocino or a lattecino or something like that (Milky coffee with a frothy head I would call it). The biscuits are typical Dutch spice biscuits called 'spekulaas'.

Now for my card. It arrived this morning from Germany from someone called Regina. She writes the heading in Dutch, then one line in German, then two in Spanish, the salutation in Dutch and 'Happy Postcrossing' in English. What fun!
I love the card. I put in my profile that I like black and white cards, but I wonder if she knew that I really like street art? It doesn't say on the card who the artist is but I think it could be a Banksy. It certainly is his style.
The stamps are nice too:
The flowers are normal German stamps and I have seen them before.. But the light house series is really beautiful. I think light houses are becoming obsolete with all the satellite technology, so it is great that people make an effort to keep light houses in peoples minds.

Happy T-Day to all,
Have a good week,
Keep smiling,


  1. That section of Rotterdam looks really pretty. I can only imagine how nice it looks when the leaves pop out. One day I would love to go to Holland. And your dinner looks yummy to me. especially your dessert coffee. I am not a coffee drinker but I do love a good dessert coffee. happy T day Lisca. hugs-Erika

    1. I'm not much of a coffee drinker either, especially at night so I had the chai, which is spiced tea with milk.

  2. I stopped by to tell you there is something wrong with Mr. Linky, but if you add your link, others will visit. I don't know how to fix it, so just wanted you to know I'm here.

    I love the houses you shared, especially the one with the two doors/flats. We had a tax levy a few years ago to update our schools with air conditioning. One of the problems was that at least two of the schools are on the National, State, and local registries, so the windows had to be brought up to code, BUT had to maintain the look of the time when the schools were built. All that money for two or three weeks of air conditioning each year.

    Your meal looks out of this world. I was really impressed and would have loved to have those olives. Everything looked so yummy, too.

    Of course, the drinks were heavenly. I was in coffee overload.

    Thanks for sharing photos of Holland, your restaurant visit, your darling street art inspired post card, and your coffee with us for T this Tuesday. I want all three of those coffee drinks. They look like caffeine heaven.

    1. I've linked up now.
      I'm not much of a coffee drinker really, especially at night so I had the chai, which is spiced tea with milk. So that one is not caffeine heaven, lol.
      Thanks for your nice comment.

  3. Amazing impressions of Rotterdam ! Thank you for sharing and also for sharing the lovely postcard and all that tempting meal!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

  4. Ooooh, so much gorgeous food and lovely drinks! I love 'Spekulatius' as they are called here in Germany. At the ice parlour we get caramel cookies, I love them, too!The post card is great fun. Have a good week and a wonderful T day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Wonderful post as always. Loved seeing views of Rotterdam. The coffee drinks photo is my fave cos I love coffee! And that postcard is fabulous!!

  6. Rotterdam looks like such a beautiful place-love the old architecture, and all the canals going through. Your meal -and those drinks look delicious. Glad you had such a good time with family. Great looking postcard too. Have a great week and happy T day!

  7. Wow, Rotterdam looks an amazing place, I love architecture so I would be in heaven looking at all the beautiful houses, they seem so tall! It must be wonderful to live in a street with a canal in the middle as you get to see the beautiful water everyday (another of my favourite things), how lovely to wake up each morning with that view and be able to walk alongside the canal a ways :-). The meal looks so fresh and delicious - yum! Your postcard is lovely, the sender is very thoughtful to have written it in different languages and maybe clairvoyant to know you like street art. It is by Banksy and makes me smile too! Happy T Day! J :-)

  8. LOVE seeing your pictures Lisca.. and the food looks yummy... You make me miss the time when we lived overseas.. We lived in Germany for three years.. we got married in Copenhagen and my daughter and i got to visit the Keukenhof Gardens... not sure i spelled that right..lol It was a wonderful time in our lives that we have yet to duplicate.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  9. I love seeing photos from other places! I like that architecture, but I wonder about how many stairs there must be inside. I'd get my exercise :)

    The meal looks like enough food to do me for the entire day!

    Happy T Tuesday

  10. Great photographs and looks like good meal you had.

    The black and white postcard is very unusual and the stamps so colourful as a contrast

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Wonderful photos of Rotterdam, loved the tall buildings
    I think your post card could be Banksy inspired , it for sure has the look.
    Your meal looked delicious and the fries in the paper bag took me back many years when ours were served like this as take aways from the Fish and chip shops.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  12. Lovely views of Rotterdam! The food looks delicious and I love those biscuits that go with your coffees! Love the postcard too! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  13. Hi, I so enjoyed your post and happy you stopped by mine today. anxious to get to know you better hugs Kathy

  14. the "singels" remind me of Amsterdam, actually the only town i know in the netherlands. your Food makes me hungry, though i just had breakfast;)
    love the banksy Card!
    happy t-day, lisca!

  15. Looks like you had a splendid lunch, quite delicious looking! Fun postcard and stamps too. Happy T Day!

  16. Love seeing more photos pf your trip ♥♥♥♥ The buildings are beautiful and I love that they have lows to protect them from modernization. That Food looks so good and I really like the postcard you received. Happy Be-lated T Day.

  17. I've really enjoyed your photos of Holland, Lisca. Glad you had a good visit with family. The meal looks and sounds wonderful.

    Your postcard from Germany is outstanding! Street art hasn't reached our part of Mexico yet, though we do have a lot of wonderful murals as well as a bit of well-done graffiti ;-)

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  18. I'm so really late in returning your T-day visit, but it has been a very busy week for me, but I finally made it to your post.
    I LOVED the walk around Rotterdam, and the buildings are amazing.....so beautiful. Your lunch and drinks sounded delicious....never heard of salad in a jar. Thought that was a clever idea though.
    Interesting post card, I like the black and white too, and the street art is always so interesting to me.
    I will try to remember to take some photos of our trailer for you, next time it is out of storage. ;)) Now I'm off to help hang art for an art show this weekend......can you believe it...I'm going to show some of my paintings :O! See you next T-day

  19. Hi Lisca. I love seeing photos of different places that I may never get to.
    Your meal and drinks look wonderful. I had summer sausage, cheese and crackers for dinner last night. The olives would be a nice addition!
    Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!