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Wilde Hazelnoten Uit Amersfoort! – Wild Hazelnuts From Amersfoort NL! – Gaia Son

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Apparently while Gaia was harvesting almost five kilos of hazelnuts that are growing wild in her picturesque medieval town of Amersfoort in the Netherlands, the generally aloof Turkish immigrants were  eager to comment to her about the hazelnuts of Turkey. No wonder!

The top producer of hazelnuts, by a large margin, is Turkey, specifically Giresun Province and Ordu. Turkish hazelnut production of 625,000 tonnes accounts for approximately 75% of worldwide production. Nutella consumes 25% of global supply. – Wikipedia

Offley [Porto] – Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal – Gaia Son

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Founded by William Offley, in 1737, the company gained worldwide fame and prestige under the guidance of Joseph James Forrester, a legendary figure in the history of Porto Wine, who was later appointed Baron by the King of Portugal.

Baron of Forrester, a businessman, oenologist, highly respected taster of wines, artist and cartographer, was one of the most important characters in Porto wine’s history.

The ancestral Offley Cellars offer to their visitors a unique experience in an ambiance where tranquility and silence reign. Offley Forrester – cavesvinhodoporto [dot] com

The Notorious B.I.G. Mural – Queens Graffiti – August 2010 – Gaia Son

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Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. – Wikipedia

Had he not been killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, Biggie would have been 42. Another great shot of this mural can be seen on Not A Queens Photo Blog [http://bit.ly/Z2X0Gq].

Bless Yourself – Billboard Graffiti – Queens, NY – Gaia Son

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Louise Bourgeois’ Crouching Spider Sculpture – Gemeentemuseum – Den Haag, NL – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

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Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a renowned French-American artist and sculptor, one of the most important artists in modern and contemporary art, and known for her spider structures which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman. – Wikipedia

Den Haag Repaint – P. v. Osselen Automobielen Garage – Verhuur en reparatie van rijwielen en automobielen – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

Telephoon N° 661© Gaia Son

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Verhuur en reparatie van rijwielen en automobielen – Rent and repair of bicycles (archaic) and automobiles © Gaia Son

I appreciate the efforts to restore these ads but I wish they would just leave them alone. Many are not nearly as aesthetically pleasing than the original fade (i.e. Philips, Harlingen NL).

Virgin Oil Co. – Bar – Restaurant – Club – Helsinki, Finland – Gaia Son

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The only restaurant in the heart of Helsinki that combines American-Italian food, amazing live gigs and a laid-back bar atmosphere. Pizza from a wood burning oven, wine from the barrel, live music upstairs. – www.restaurantshelsinki.fi

Le Microsillon – The Microgroove – Arras, France – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

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Facial casts of Nias islanders, J.P. Kleiweg de Zwaan, 1910 – A Post-Colonial Simulacrum – Dutch History Exhibit – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – Gaia Son

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Why do these men look so unhappy and violated?

After 1900, the colonial-military expansion of power in the Dutch East Indies opened it up as an unparalleled area of activity for Europeans. This also applied to the Dutch anthropologist J.P. Kleiweg de Zwaan, who conducted research on the physical characteristics of ethnic groups. During a 1910 expedition on Nias he covered the faces of a group of living men with plaster to record their appearance. Numbered casts of these plaster moulds were made in the Netherlands. – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

James Ensor exhibit in the Gemeentemuseum – The Hague, NL – 2011

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The Despair of Pierrot (Jealous Pierrot) 1892

James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX. – Wikipedia