Sunday, 27 June 2010

Breda and all that jazz, May and June 2010

Breda and it's jazz festival

This month I visited Breda, in The Netherlands and got one or two shots of it's older more peaceful areas but back in May I was lucky enough to catch a bit of the Annual Jazz Festival that is held there. Breda is a nice city and although I could not spend a week there, I think that it is worth a day of anyone's time. The clip starts with some general views of Breda, taken in June and then goes on to show a little of the Jazz Festival from May.


Thursday, 3 June 2010

De Panne Beach 70 years after Operation Dynamo, May 2010

Operation Dynamo AKA The Dunkirk evacuation took place 70 years ago this May. I'm not one for going to too many ceremonies and so I decided to mark the occasion in my own little way, with a walk along one of the beaches that the evacuation took place on. The operation took place on beaches stretching from Dunkirk in France to the Belgian beach at De Panne. I decided to make my little remembrance on the De Panne beach, where I walked from De Panne town beach to just over the French border and back. The weather was not clement and the walk made me wonder what it must have been like there back in the desperate days of 1940 but the numbers of people enjoying the beach, even on a day like that, did make me think that the peace, that the sacrifices of the Second World War gave to Western Europe, is something that we should thank the men and women of that time for.

De Panne Beach 70 years on