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D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, Lemmer, The Netherlands

Inside this building are the mechanics of the largest steam-pump station ever built. It is a masterpiece of engineering and the most technologically advanced steam pumping station in the world. Most remarkable of all – it is still in use.

The Wouda Pumping Station is on the edge of the Dutch city of Lemmer, a small residential centre in the north of the country. The station was built in 1920 and was just another battle in a long war between Holland and water. Much of the Netherlands was once covered in water and was unusable for anything – but the country needed space for agriculture and for residential development.

You can see more photos of it here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/df-woudagemaal-pumping-station-lemmer-netherlands/

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D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, Lemmer, The Netherlands

You probably wouldn’t even notice it if you were driving past. Just off the main street, a few hundreds metres down a small side road, is a brick building with what looks like a small lake in front of it.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the building is elegantly designed, with a lovely symmetry and large windows between the bricks. From the outside, you would never know what is inside, though. Even if the sign on the building saying ‘Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal’ gave you a clue.

Inside this building are the mechanics of the largest steam-pump station ever built. It is a masterpiece of engineering and the most technologically advanced steam pumping station in the world. Most remarkable of all – it is still in use.

You can see more photos of it here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/df-woudagemaal-pumping-station-lemmer-netherlands/
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Le Havre, Normandy, France

The tower of concrete rises up in front of me. A square base connects it to the ground but, above, it reaches up to the sky 107 metres high.

It looks like it could be some kind of communist statue - but I’m in France. In the city of Le Havre in Normandy, to be exact. And this is no piece of propaganda. It truly is a symbol of rejuvenation.

This tower is the Church of Saint Joseph. It may look grey and brutalist from the outside but, inside, it bursts with colour. I have no idea what to expect as I walk in through the doors but it turns out to be unlike anything I have seen before. Expectations may have been useless.

See more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/04/le-havre-buildings-normandy-france/
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Last day in Johannesburg and I'm spending the afternoon at a place called Arts on Main. It's a little oasis of cool and funky in a bit of a dodgy neighbourhood.

I love the art galleries, the market stalls and the street food here, though. I was particularly taken with this shop that sells photography from former street kids.

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On a walking tour in downtown Johannesburg I was about to take a photo of this street art when three young guys asked if they could pose in front of it.

I'm glad they did - I think it makes the shot!

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Glad you enjoyed your visit here +Michael Turtle lot to see and do, cities are not great... But then IMHO I don't like city life, rather be out in the bush.
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Another gorgeous South African sunset.

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D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, Lemmer, The Netherlands

You probably wouldn’t even notice it if you were driving past. Just off the main street, a few hundreds metres down a small side road, is a brick building with what looks like a small lake in front of it.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the building is elegantly designed, with a lovely symmetry and large windows between the bricks. From the outside, you would never know what is inside, though. Even if the sign on the building saying ‘Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal’ gave you a clue.

Inside this building are the mechanics of the largest steam-pump station ever built. It is a masterpiece of engineering and the most technologically advanced steam pumping station in the world. Most remarkable of all – it is still in use.

You can see more photos of it here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/df-woudagemaal-pumping-station-lemmer-netherlands/
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Le Havre, Normandy, France

Le Havre was severely bombed during the Second World War and pretty much all of the centre of the city was destroyed or unusable. Even before the conflict ended, the decision was made to rebuild Le Havre – but in a style unique across Europe.

Under the leadership of Auguste Perret, the entire urban landscape was designed as one single interconnected plan. Rather than the haphazard collection of buildings from different eras and different architects that most cities have, Le Havre was intended to have a harmony. Buildings may have their own look and hit a different note, but they are singing from the same melody.

See more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/04/le-havre-buildings-normandy-france/

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Did you see the apartment that was built and preserved exactly as it looked in 1951?'
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Le Havre, Normandy, France

The tower of concrete rises up in front of me. A square base connects it to the ground but, above, it reaches up to the sky 107 metres high.

It looks like it could be some kind of communist statue - but I’m in France. In the city of Le Havre in Normandy, to be exact. And this is no piece of propaganda. It truly is a symbol of rejuvenation.

This tower is the Church of Saint Joseph. It may look grey and brutalist from the outside but, inside, it bursts with colour. I have no idea what to expect as I walk in through the doors but it turns out to be unlike anything I have seen before. Expectations may have been useless.

See more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/04/le-havre-buildings-normandy-france/

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It doesn't matter what the foreground is, I can't get enough of these South African sunsets.

Even Johannesburg industry is beautiful!!

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I feel like I may have found the hipster part of Johannesburg. Great food markets, street music, cool bars - and I got a flat white!

The Braamfontein area of the city is a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon.

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+James O'Brien Awesome - thanks! I leave tomorrow afternoon unfortunately but am trying to see as much as possible!
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I can now see why the coastal road near Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

I was making my way back to Stellenbosch along the road just as sunset hit. There are plenty of places to stop for photos and views - and I wanted to get out at every one!

The sunset is just so bright and it gives everything a beautiful African orange glow.

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Beautiful view..i like it:)
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You would hardly notice it from the road but this building has the largest steam powered pumping station in the world. The most incredible thing is that it's still in operation. To see the inside, you'll need to take a tour. They leave regularly from the modern visitors centre which has an excellent move and displays for while you wait. It doesn't take too long to see everything inside the main building but the guide will be able to answer your questions. I was on my own so was able to have a good chat about how it all worked. This is a little out of the way of most other tourist attractions but well worth the visit if you are nearby.
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The botanical gardens are not overly impressive and I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see them. They are part of the World Heritage Site and of interest historically but they seem to just be used these days by locals who want some shade to rest.
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Even though it was never finished, there's something quiet beautiful about the Hassan Tower as it is. There's not too much to see and you don't need to spend ages there. But make sure you don't miss it on a trip to Rabat.
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A really moving experience to visit the cemetery. It is very large and that just adds to the sense of loss. It is well designed and very pretty and you could easily spend a few hours walking around and looking at everything. There is a museum on the site too which has further information but if there is a queue for the security to get in, you can just bypass and walk straight to the graves.
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There are two main sections of the Kasbah. The lower level is a quiet and cool garden, filled with trees and seats in the shade. The upper section has a small maze of alleys with painted blue houses. If you can navigate your way through the streets, you’ll come out on a large terrace with views across the water. It's beautiful to visit at sunset.
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Really cool place and easy to walk through and see all the old buildings. There are some great views from the top. This site is older than most of Rabat and worth visiting. Don't be surprised if there are heaps of birds nesting in the ruins - although they are pretty loud and you'll hear them before you see them!
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Very well preserved site considering the barrage that hit it during D-Day. There is not much in the way of information or explanations around the actual remains but there is a visitors centre on the site. You can get very close to the concrete structures holding the guns and even climb up on the weapons themselves.
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