Cairo 2010: Fancy railing on a Yacoubian Building apartment.

Cairo 2010: The sign in the lobby of the Yacoubian Building.

Cairo 2010: In 2002 there was a famous novel published called ‘The Yacoubian Building’ by Alaa-Al-Aswany. It became a best-seller and was read worldwide translated into many languages. Well this building was the original Yacoubian building, and of great interest to tourists who had read the book or seen the film based on it.

Cairo Egypt 2010: Talaat Harb square in December 2010. The last days of the old order. The statue on the right is of Talaat Harb himself, a financier and economist who greatly helped the Egyptian economy in the 20th century.

Cairo 2010: Karen at the Café Riche in Talaat Harb Street, a place with a lot of history. The big picture on the wall is of Naguib Mahfouz the author, who used to frequent this place.

Cairo December 2007: Myself in the ‘Old Cairo’ district. Picture taken by my sister.

Cairo Egypt 2010: A statue of the writer Naguib Mahfouz on Sphinx Square.

Amsterdam 1974: The last picture of The Netherlands for now. Right in the centre of Amsterdam, the scruffiest part then, this derelict ‘65 Pontiac.

Amsterdam 1990: My Dad gave me his Canon AE1 kit, which included this fabulous wide angle lens.

Muiden 1990s. A town on an important lock into the waterways of North Holland. This blacksmith (hoefijzers) was still going up to this time, around 1993. Note the men are wearing clogs. The building, Naarderstraat 6 is now a hairdressers.

Gein Zuid 1990s. A road leading along the river to Abcoude.

Utrecht Province, Gein River, Broekzijdse Molen. 1990s.

Utrecht Province Netherlands 1993: Skaters on the Gein river with the Broekzijdse Molen as a backdrop. The skaters make the ice vibrate with a strange buzzing pulsing sound, which can be heard some distance away.