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Books to films in 2018

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The book becomes a film anno 2018

The new year is already for two months on its way, so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2018! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (March, 5th, 2018).

The list sorted by release date

The release date is the date expected to be released in theatres in The Netherlands unless otherwise mentioned.

January 2018

  • 4th, You Were Never Really Here
  • 25th, The Maze Runner | The Death Cure – James Dashner


  • 1st, 12 Strong – Dough Stanton
  • 8th, Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
  • 22nd, Every Day – David Levithan
  • 23rd, War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith


  • 1st, Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
  • 12th, Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
  • 28th, Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  • 29th, Ready Player One – Ernest Cline


  • 4th, A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • 16th, The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer


  • 31st, Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin


  • 14th, Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli
  • 14th, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – John Callahan


  • Unknown yet…


  • 3rd (USA), The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
  • 9th, The Meg – Steve Alten
  • 16th, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
  • 17th (USA), Three Seconds – Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund


  • 21st (USA), The House with a Clock in its Walls – John Bellairs
  • 27th, The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
  • 28th (USA), Little Women – May Alcott


  • 4th, Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
  • 11th, First Man – James R. Hansen
  • 11th, I Still See You – Daniel Waters
  • 19th (USA), Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple


  • 8th, Book Club – book related
  • 15th, Fantastic Beasts | The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling
  • 28th, The Grinch – Dr. Seuss
  • 29th, The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz


  • 13th, Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
  • 20th, Mary Poppins Returns – P.L. Travers

To be announced in 2018:

  • Angels Four – David Nott
  • Ashes in the Snow – Ruta Sepetys
  • Beautiful Boy – David Sheff, Nic Sheff
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Down a Dark Hall – Lois Duncan
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – John Guy
  • Monster – Walter Dean Myers
  • Ophelia – Lisa Klein
  • The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook
  • The Aspern Papers – Henry James
  • The Bell Har – Sylvia Plath
  • The Black Hand – Stephan Talty
  • The Long Home – William Gay
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • We the Animals – Justin Torres
  • Zeroville – Steve Erickson


Anno 2019 – All new to the list!
Some books are already coming next year!
Total =  films

  • January 25th (USA), The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • March 1st (USA), Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
  • October 11th (USA), The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Unknown exactly, but announced – Total = 

I have previously written about films in 2016 and 2017 and unknown coming ups in the blog post: Books to Films in 2016. This list underneath here is an addition to the unknown list.

  • A Book of Common Prayer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • All the Bright Places
  • American Tabloid
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • Angelfall
  • Arclight
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Battle Royale
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • Birdsong
  • Blonde
  • Blood of Eden
  • Blood Red Road
  • Born to Run
  • Brilliance
  • Climb to Conquer
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Depth of Field
  • Earthseed
  • East of Eden
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  • Facing the Wind
  • Firelight
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • Forgotten
  • Gone
  • Graceling
  • Heist Society
  • Hourglass
  • I Would Tell You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You
  • Illuminae
  • In the Garden of Beasts
  • Incarceron
  • Infinity
  • It’s What I Do
  • King of Heists
  • Legend
  • Let It Snow – John Green e.o.
  • Lie Down in Darkness
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green
  • Love May Fail
  • Matched
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
  • Men of Granite
  • Monument 14
  • Obsidian
  • One Last Thing Before I Go
  • Origin
  • Paranormalcy
  • Pure
  • Queen of the Tearling
  • Red Queen
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shiver
  • Significance
  • Sister
  • Six Years
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Soul Seekers
  • Splinter Cell
  • Struck by Genius
  • The Age of Miracles
  • The Alchemist | Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar
  • The Bone Season
  • The Chronicles of Narnia | The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
  • The Crowded Room
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Divergent Series | Ascendant – Veronica Roth
  • The Diviners
  • The Emperor’s Children
  • The Engagements
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  • The Giant Under the Snow
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Graveyard Book
  • The Infernal Devices | Clockwork Angel
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Iron Trial
  • The Looking Glass Wars
  • The Merciless
  • The Night Circus
  • The Psychopath Test
  • The Raven Cycle
  • The Rules of Inheritance
  • The Scorpio Races
  • The Secret Life of Houdini
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • The Silent Wife
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • The Testing
  • The Thicket
  • The Thin Man
  • The True American
  • These Broken Stars
  • Three Little Words
  • Three to Kill
  • Tiger’s Curse
  • Tunnels
  • Van Cliburn
  • Violet Town
  • Wake
  • Wicked
  • Wicked Lovely
  • Why We Broke Up
  • Wings
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity


Which film are you looking forward to, to see in theatres this year?

Greetings by Sophie

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Happy Halloween 2017

The Halloween history

The origin of Halloween is discussed to be Gaelic with the Samhain festival, a Celtic harvest festival or that it was Christianized as Halloween or was a Christian holiday already for ages separate of the Samhain festival.

What is known is that the word ‘Halloween‘ is from Christian origin and dates back to 1745. It means ‘Holy Evening‘ and in Scottish it even means ‘All Hallows’ Eve‘. Which is the evening before ‘All Hallows’ Day’. The word combination ‘All Hallows’ dates back to the Old English era. The word is officially seen in 1556. Two ages before it was evolved to ‘Halloween’. And now Halloween is known for it’s sweets, decorations, costumes and being a scary related theme. A very creative event.


  • Online Etymology Dictionary
  • The A to Z of Anglicanism (Colin Buchanan), Scarecrow Press, page 8
  • The Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1989. ISBN 0-19-861186-2

Halloween 2017

In the office we had today some lovely Halloween sweets made by a colleague. And I think she is a really good homebaker. She should maybe one day participate in an edition of the Great British Bake Off. Or similar in Germany.

And of course the internet is exploding with lots of created art, schminks, sweets, decorations and so on. I have collected lots of them on my Pinterest board ‘C&E | Halloween‘. I had a full work day, not a day off like some businesses or some countries as The United States. So I just collected some more pins today and tomorrow you’ll discover my Top Five of Today of Halloween pins.

What have you been doing during Halloween?

My Pinterest board to give you some inspiration:

Enjoy the Halloween!

Greetings by Sophie


Ginevra | An Italian Love Story – Simone van der Vlugt

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My book review of “Ginevra | An Italian Love Story” written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

The story of this book is an Italian legend. This book is shaped by a fictional story written around a real existed person named Ginevra degli Almieri. She was a young adult living in Florence ca. ~1396. She was ready to grow up, fall in love with a man and marry him. But the habits and behaviors in a noble family that was common in that era, did not make it easy to marry the one you love. This is an Italian historical love story and it mostly written like you would expect a love story to be written. But a certain, true historical, event takes place and you can imagine what happens to all the characters and the citizens of Florence. It is just a particular part during that event that starts shaping the Italian legend of Ginevra degli Almieri It is not a story really comparable to other stories I have read so far. How would I imagine how the characters are dressed, how they behave, how the streets of the city looks like…. and so on. There is a map included in the book just before the start of the first chapter. But I did not understand the drawn footsteps on the map. Now I do understand that it has everything to do with the particular part during the true historical event. And how I imagine the characters? I think of The Vampire Diaries dresses and carriages, the Downton Abbey noble behaviors and the streets of Florence, the Duomo and The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and some churches I have seen myself during a summer holiday in Florence back in 2014. The story with the legend of Ginevra is one everyone should read if you (have) visit(ed) Florence.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I have not found any spelling or grammar mistakes so it was a nice to read. Also the pace of the story quickens up towards the end and this turns the story from a historical novel into a thriller part. And it ends as a historic novel so it is not a spliced book. But really wow that thriller part because I did not expect at all such a situation nor have ever read it anywhere else. Cleverly written!

Main characters

The main character is Ginevra degli Almieri who is the daughter of the noble family of Bernardo degli Almieri. There are two famous Florence families alongside this noble family. This is the Alberti family consisting of Guiscardo, Fiametta – Ginevra’s good friend, Luigi, Emilia, Matteo, Ludovico and Massimo. The other important family is the Rondinelli family existing of Pietro, Chiaria, Catarina and Antonio Rondinelli. Also the noble man who owns quite a palace with several entrances – reminded me of the Medici palaces -, Francesco Agolanti, plays an important role.

There are several side characters but if I would reveal them all I would give away how they are all related to the story.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Edinburgh Tuesday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read about it here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my third day – Sunday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Sunday
How my fourth day – Monday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Monday

The morning

On Tuesday morning I woke up early to write for my blog and have a little morning walk. The planning of today: visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia. The ship I have seen in the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. The ship is famous for serving the British Royal Family for decades and has sailed thousands of miles around the world. The morning was not that interesting, just my morning habits before I leave the house.

The afternoon

The afternoon started with the ‘Majestic Bus Tour’ that has a stop at the Ocean Terminal where The Royal Yacht Britannia is docked. The bus tour gave me a nice view of the neighbourhoods next to the harbour. And after I left the bus, I ate my lunch on a bench in front of the Ocean Terminal. I had brought another meal deal with me, a tuna sandwich, a bottle of water and a little bag of apple slices. After lunch I entered the Ocean Terminal which is also a shopping mall. Lovely decorated in a dinosaur theme for kids and it gives some color to the big white venue. On the right part of the site at the second floor, you could enter The Royal Yacht Britannia area. An area that included a big souvenir shop – with really nice stuff for – such as – little presents or stuff for your household. It also included, after entering the entrance by passing a guard and the ticket area, a nice exhibition about the history of the yacht, the royal family and all that they have experienced between 1953 and 1997. Yes, the yacht has served for 44 years! That’s a long time for a royal ship. The exhibition gave you the general knowledge about its history and by entering the ship and visiting all three floors, you had a clear view of how the family and crew lived days, weeks or months on the ship. Incredible. More specifications of course in a special blog post about this royal yacht!

Halfway the afternoon I stepped into the Majestic Tour again for another part of a city tour and I stepped off at the stop at The Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the palace H.M.S. The Queen Elizabeth II always visits in the first week of July for the famous Garden Party. This is a special occasion where ~600 important Scots are invited to this festivity. I walked through the palace, the adjacent abbey of which sadly only the ruins are left. But beautiful ruins! You can even see it from different directions. From left gate in front of the palace, from Holyrood Park which is next to and behind The Palace of Holyroodhouse, and of course from the royal gardens itself. A wonderful and vision with a little bit of spirit from history attached to the venue. There was also a little special photographic exhibition of the royal family and one of the grand children of H.M.S. The Queen Elizabeth II that married in 2011. Princes Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall (Philips) married Mike Tindall back in 2011 and they are married here in Edinburgh at Canongate Kirk. At the end of the exhibition it was time for an afternoon cup of tea. The typical English cup of tea. I went to the tea room of The Palace of Holyroodhouse and had a ‘Twinings English Breakfast Tea‘ together with a piece of fruitcake – yes that one they make for the Christmas Cake as well – and a piece of The Palace of Holyroodhouse shortbread. Not that healthy but very local and delicious! At the tea room they sell only local products from all over Scotland.

 The evening

The afternoon came to an end and the tea room was nearly closing. I left the venue and walked on the Royal Mile. Yesterday I visited Edinburgh Castle, located at the other end of the Royal Mile. So today I started at the lowest point of it. Climbing uphill, enjoying the sight of shops and pubs and I get bothered by the little drops of rain. Which quickly turned into a rain shower that lasted for an hour or so. Along my way I passed the Scottish Veterans Residences – they support already for 107 years! Which I highly respect. I was walking wandering around in the Canongate area, walked through a little alley, passed a parking lot and stumbled upon the mural of the backyard of Canongate Kirk. Yes I was at first looking for a shortcut walk to Calton Hill – yes a hill, high, photographic view, just a few paths, have to know how to get there – and I didn’t know nor found a path from my route to the top of Calton Hill. So I turned sort of around and walked back to Canongate. I visited the graveyard at Canongate Kirk and what an impressive view those huge gravestones have. Nearly every important family have/had it’s own ‘tomb’ space on the graveyard.

After the visit to the graveyard I went back to South Bridge where I had been before by bus – Google Map it I would advice because it is an well known bus stop and centrally located. At the corner of the street they have a royal blue cute looking bookshop named ‘Blackwell’s‘. From the inside it is a great bookshop and even see how big it really is when you walk around at the first floor. They have every imaginable category of books and most of them related to study subject as well. And they have, when you step inside and walk to the left area, a complete corner filled with Scottish history, literature, travel, authors, fiction, language, cooking and so on. And yes they sell books for learning the Gaelic language as well. I was amazed by the numerous books they sell. I just discovered – after Google’in – that I maybe can buy ‘The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World’s End and Other Stories‘ (Hardback) and ship it to The Netherlands – flight kg’s limited and stuff – because the other famous bookshop named ‘Waterstones’ does not sell it online nor ship it. Wow, is it such a limited copy book? I photographed several books I would love to buy and read. But first things first. I have only bought three little study books from publisher O’Reilly about software engineering. My three little kind of dictionaries in those particular languages.

The evening had started and I had nothing special for dinner except the haggis kind of sausage roll. I headed back home, changed my clothes into a bit more casual classy formal and headed back to South Bridge. Because nearby is a famous – you don’t say by looking at the entrance – hidden Jazz bar. Thé Jazz Bar of Edinburgh with free open jam sessions on Tuesday Night. It was lovely! And it is a bar you should visit for at least a drink and listening to live music.

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Monday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my thrird day – Sunday – has been, you can read here -> Edinburgh Sunday

The morning

The weekend was on planning and deciding what to do a bit chaotic but the monday and tuesday were already set. On Monday I bought a mealdeal breakfast: a sandwich, a little juice and a little bag of fruit – for just £3. After breakfast I went to the city center, a little walk on foot to Jenners shopping mall. But before I entered Jenners, I had to activate my ‘Royal Edinburgh’ ticket that includes: entrance tickets to the three major venues: Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Brittannia and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, and a 48hr busticket for three different kinds of city sightseeing busses who ride their routes through and around the citycenter. I activated it at the little cute busstation hut at the entrance of Princes Street Gardens.

The afternoon

After activating my tickets it was time to plan my days and have an English cup of tea. At Jenner’s shopping mall is located on the 2nd floor a Valvona & Crolla delicatessen café. With a cup of tea and a piece of delicious carrotcake on the table, I grabbed my little notebook and made a global planning for the next couple of days. What is possible to visit? Until which time are the venues visitable and how can I combine everything I – probably – want to visit in the upcoming hours and days.

This Monday I started my cultural and historic tour with a visit to the Edinburgh Castle. I entered the castle through the stadium (Emplanada) and from up there, on the walls of the castle alongside the canons, you have a stunning view above Edinburgh! The castleground is placed on a volcano top. The venue does not only contain of a castle, but from the Esplanade you walk through the first Gatehouse. From there on you walk through the smaller Portcullis Gate and then you have really entered the castle. What the venue all contains, such as several little museums, barracks, the impressive national war monument and so on…will be written in a special blog post about the Edinburgh Castle.

The evening

A few hours and lots of information later I left the Edinburgh Castle. It was closing time and I wanted to do some other cultural history things as well. I walked downhill on the famous Royal Mile – which is not a single street but a couple of streets named together as the Royal Mile because you can walk from the Edinburgh Castle all the way straightforward downhill to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Royal Mile is really nice for an afternoon or evening walk, accompanied by lots of little shops, now and then a bar, museum, cultural site and so on.

Halfway the Royal Mile is located the St. Giles Cathedral. I decided to visit this cathedral after the Edinburgh Castle because you can visit it until 19:00. So time enough for wandering around, looking at the beautiful glasses, sculptures, graves and so on. The funny thing I discovered: pay £2 for a photography license – a sticker so you are allowed to take photographs and in that way fund the organisation. A really good idea! The story about the St. Giles Cathedral will be written of course to in another special blog post.

The last cultural visit of this day was to the National Library of Scotland. This is located near the St. Giles Cathedral and therefore was close by. Soon after I entered the library I discovered a little café. Time to have a simple dinner. It was a ‘Seeded Roll Sandwich‘ accompanied by a cheese scone – yes I could not resist a scone if I stumbled upon one – and the ‘IRNBRU’ local soda drink. After dinner I have been to a very impressive exhibition at the National Library of Scotland. It was a photography exhibition by Hurley about ‘Life of the Expedition on the Drifting Sea‘. A real life story that took place in 1915 about a jammed ship in ice and it’s crew, the situation and lives captured in photographs.

My visit to the National Library of Scotland was at an end and I decided to walk the Royal Mile again uphill, back towards the Edinburgh Castle. In front of it at the Emplanada were several groups of soldiers and marines practicing for the Royal Military Tattoo that takes place there every year in August. I would love to see a real show of them once, but no idea yet when. Maybe in another year at another holiday.

For an hour a listened to the music and had seen a little of the practice. Meanwhile I had a chitchat with a Swiss family who knew some of the people that will be participating in the Royal Tattoo. I just stumbled upon it by the music I heard when I was walking on the Royal Mile, they knew every evening there will be a rehearsal until the start of The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. After an hour when the guards where moving the fences more away from the castle, it was time to go home because you could see less and it was getting late. The sunset had started.

My evening walk was from the Edinburgh Castle entrance at the Royal Mile towards the Mound, the middle of the Princes Street Gardens where the National Scottish Gallery site is located. I had a wonderful view on the sunset and the formed as a layer just above the sun. One of the most rare and most beautiful views I have seen.
Tomorrow part two of my Royal Edinburgh ticket tour.

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Chan eil aon chànan gu leòr!

Greetings by Sophie

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Edinburgh Sunday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – friday – has been, you can read here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – saturday – has been, you can read here -> Edinburgh Saturday

The morning


Panorama view of the middle section of the main hall on the first floor. Very architecturial, little bit botanic garden feeling. Behind and left and right of me are the exhibitions. Photo copyright belongs to Sophie van den Akker, photographed on July 30th 2017, not for use without written permission through a correct correspondence.

After a very late and a bit tired of all the impressions within one day, Sunday arrived. This Sunday I chose to start easy and slowly with my day. Waking up and after the morning ritual pack some stuff and go on the road for a little breakfast outdoors. This breakfast was just a normal one for me: a sandwich accompanied with a fresh juice and some fruit. No, I have not had the Scottish breakfast yet, I save that for another day. While I was having breakfast I was figuring out what to do today, what to do the next couple of days and how to combine all the stuff. The focus was only on today though, the rest of my ideas of what to visit was just labeled as ‘later sometime’. After a while the decision was made: The National Museum of Scotland!

The afternoon


Photo copyright belongs to Sophie van den Akker, not for use without written permission through a correct correspondence.

In the transition from the morning hours to the afternoon hours I walked to the National Museum of Scotland. Uphill, downhill, left and right…I walked criss-crossing through the streets of Old Town. The museum is at first glance a nice old classic Roman looking building with a modern extension next to it. The entrance and facilities are far from old, it is really modern and good facilitated! Only I did not know one thing that I had better should have known in advance: the museum counts eight! floors. The exhibition on the floors are now and then as small as one floor or as big as two, three, four, or even five floors! Depends on in which area you are walking. More details and explanation and tips and tricks for this museum will be written in a special blog post.

The National Museum of Scotland is not only about the Scottish, the Scotsmen were world explorers! And therefore inspired people and got inspired by other cultures as well. Yes, inspiring, not taking over cultures. At the museum a nice guard explained me about a royal exhibition and that I could join and leave the guided tour when I want to. One hour later at another exhibition I ran into the same guard again, those guards at all the museums switch places throughout the day, kind of rotating system of the guards. Therefore they know lots about all kinds of subjects. So I had for half an hour a nice chitchat about the Scottish people, the culture, the exhibition we were at, the Royal history and how they are all connected to each other and the Brexit. Yes the Royal history is in my opinion extremely complex. From Stuarts, Tudors, Jacobites, Oranges and so on and the many battles that were fought with – the help of – the Scottish the past couple of centuries. What also had a lot to do, in fact is, Royal history as well, is the history of Bonnie St. Charlie and the Jacobites. This is also the name of a temporary exhibition now at the museum and it is really wonderful! Learned a lot and slowly bits and pieces are becoming a vague picture of the Royal family, the battles and the history of the crown!

When you are visiting Edinburgh and this exhibition is still at display, definitely worth a visit because it explains a lot special – non photography permitted – items are at display! Jacobites Jacobites…I had read it already several times throughout the city but who the were, are, and so on….will be written in a special blog post about this exhibition!

The evening


Photo copyright belongs to Sophie van den Akker, not for use without written permission through a correct correspondence.

After I left the museum at closing time, I decided to have an early dinner for I could walk to and through Holyrood Park which was my idea for spending the evening. Nearby the museum I stumbled upon a nice bar named ‘Biblos’. A spacious bar / restaurant / café where I had fresh Fish ‘n Chips from the menu. When you are in the United Kingdom, you have to try that too. Though I believe it is not typical Scottish. But anyways it was delicious and accompanied with Italian Bruchetta, I had fuel enough to walk an approximately 5 miles (around 8km). The walk was again criss-crossing through a lovely neighbourhood, entering Holyrood Park on a side path that ended into a not-official grass path. Astonishing views already from the ground across the deeper valley to the hills. Two major hills at front of which the highest one is the ‘Arthur’s Seat’.

This is also a point where I have to admit I was confronted with traveling on my own. Thinking about: is it too late at the day – because of the daylight – to hike through a enormous park on your own? Who will watch my back? – nobody of course except maybe a passerby. Will the weather stay the same all the time I am hiking / climbing? – guessed not because the wind was changing in strength a lot. Is there a clear route map? Or sign? –> apparently not as well. It really is nature as it is! Lovely but therefore take care, don’t get lost! I decided to just walk a path that did not look too steep and not climbing the stone stairs to ‘Arthurs Seat’. Was already quite a bit afraid of height by seeing those people high on the hill, or mountain to say as a Dutchie living in a flat land. Everywhere near the edge of the hills we had to be aware of falling rocks. Meanwhile I made lots and lots of photos of the incredible view and shared a few with friends and family so they know a bit where I am, how it is and in a kinda way this feels also a bit more safe. Being connected and kind of ‘being watched your back‘ by sharing an update now and then during the walk.

Well, after walking and walking, photo’s, drops of rain, sunshine, runners passing by, dogs playing around and so on…it was time to go home. I crossed the Holyrood Park on a nice path and from there it took me another 3/4 hours before I reached home by foot. Nearby were several bus stops but the busses on that route particular were redirected due to road works. I don’t mind walking when you miss you bus, or two or three bus stops. This gave me the nice and mandatory opportunity to walk through another neighborhood and discover nice cute houses, gardens, churches, pubs and just being in a completely different environment again. This city Edinburgh has so many kinds of different neighbourhoods, areas, parks, churches, every little bit makes you feel your are completely somewhere else again.

Tomorrow or really late tomorrow, my story of Monday will be online, that consists of lots and lots of venues and exhibitions. It has been a busy and long day but I immensely love this kind of holiday. Again a little 1200 words on…Oh I keep on talking – eh writing – ….

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Chan eil aon chànan gu leòr!

Greetings by Sophie

Art · Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Saturday

This blog post is a sequel to the series 'The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017'.
How my first day – friday – has been, you can read here –> Edinburgh Travel.

The morning

Halfway the morning, a bit later than I expected, I woke up and realised: today my first full day in Edinburgh! Yesterday I already managed to organise that I will visit three major venues and a bus tour or two on Monday and Tuesday, so what to do today I thought. I had downloaded the Scotland application and just started scrolling through the list of nearby venues and categories. My biggest interest is the quite far history of the Scottish, so I found some venues that gave me the expectation that visiting them would explain more about the Scottish history, culture, heritage and so on.

The first venue I visited was the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This gallery is the first ever gallery in the world that is built with the purpose of a being a portrait gallery. What is a portrait gallery you think? In a comprehensive blog post about the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, I will explain my view on this question. For now, without my further research yet, I think a portrait gallery is a venue of exhibitions that gives an impression of what a particular culture shapes by portraits displayed in different kinds and forms and environment. Sounds a bit abstract but it comes alive when I tell you that those portraits could be shown through a photograph – obvious you think -, a painting – ok quite obvious, music performance – yes serious! -, wall decorations – oh yeah that's history – and so on! The rest of my experience will be written in the special blog post about the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The afternoon

After the different exhibitions I have seen in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, I went to the café to have a little break. A diet coke and a real shortbread in a cute heart shape. After finishing this little lunchy snack I went for a walk to the nearby Princes Street and discovered that another gallery that belong to the National Galleries of Scotland, is nearby as well. Just located at the Mound, next to the Princes Garden and the Princes Street, is the Scottish National Gallery. A history art and modern art gallery mix divided into two buildings. I went to all the exhibitions and it is way bigger – in paintings and in walking up down left right or in circles – than you think.

The first exhibition I visited was the 'Beyond Caravaggio' exhibition about the master painter Caravaggio and all whom he inspired by his paintings and themes. I had seen a few paintings of him before, and of the ones he inspired, but I never realised these paintings were in such a way connected. Through inspiration by someone else and his style reminded me of the art painted by the Dutch painters Rembrandt van Rijn and colorplay used by Jan van Eyck - 'The Road to Van Eyck' is an earlier blog post I have written on my previous website.

After this special exhibition I went on to the RSA: Open Exhibition 2017 – RSA = Royal Scottish Academy. This is an exhibition of upcoming artists who are given a start by the RSA to present their work(s) in this exhibition and it is all for sale as well. I have never stumbled upon something like this but since I have seen a documentary about Kieron Williamson, a famous young painter, it is more common or so – looks to me – in the United Kingdom than in The Netherlands.

Last thing of the Scottish National Gallery but not the least thing of the day, I visited in the other building the permanent exhibition. Meanwhile the weather turned from sunshine with some clouds into now and then some rain. But luckily I was busy taking notes and walking through the gallery. This permanent exhibition was really astonishing! Why…I will write that part in a special blog post about the Scottish National Gallery.

The evening

In the Scottish National Gallery I stayed until closing time: five o'clock and most of the cultural venues close at that time. Because of the weather I crossed the Princes Street and visited some shops. I also went – again – to Waterstones in Princes Street. They are open until eight o'clock but sadly the café is closed much earlier. Strolling along the bookcases and reading the back covers about different Scottish history subjects. Wow! And I still don't know which book(s) to buy. Traveling by plane means limited kg on board as well. It's all for a safe flight.

Time for dinner! I was tired and wanted to find food nearby…and a bit quickly. The streets were now and then crowded of tourists – yes I am one of them but just one…not fifty waiting for the traffic lights. So I went to the Rose Street again because I had seen several nice looking pubs during an evening walk on friday. Now comes the benefit of traveling on your own: quick decisions, quick food and lots of people that want to fix things for you. I arrived at a pub and it was not crowded, but to enjoy a meal you had to find a table. Not a single table was free.

On to the next pub….and the next…and then I stumbled upon the 'Auld Hundred Pub & Dining Room' – shortly 'Auld Hundred'. The guard at the door arranged a table for me in the dining while I waited outside. Quickly arranged and still really really thanks! I was hungry and I had the last little spot in the middle of the room, next to a pillar of course. But really nice. Everyone else who checked in for the next hour had to wait.

I had a delicious dinner which will be described in a special post of course. The clock reached half past eight, time to go home and organise some stuff for the next couple of days. Forgot to check before my flight last friday if my laptop charger would fit in the world socket converter I bought from the Dutch brand HEMA. Sadly not. The plastic pins are too far inside the circle. Rent a converter from the place where I am staying. Problem solved.

The recap of the day

The recap of saturday is quite simple. I have seen two big galleries with both multiple exhibitions and lóts and lóts of subjects. Therefore I will write, just as with the food and drinks I am tasting, a special blog post for every big subject. – Homework for the rest of the holiday haha. Again I had a typical Scottish dinner and tasted new dishes. From the home front in The Netherlands I had heard that they had a day full of rain and bad sad weather. I am grateful that I had a wonderful day and a few raindrops won't keep me from walking through Edinburgh.

If you have any questions about my travel to Edinburgh, you can ask them in a comment, a pm through the social media or mail at: I hope I can provide you an answer, tips or tricks to visit this city and so on. Maybe I'll write it all down for another blog post too.

1250+ words up to so far in this blog post and I have not mentioned my walking statistics yet. Just a small registered 7,5 km, 11 floors of altitude and 11.000 steps according to the Apple Health Kit – which is less precise when you have no service connection with your telecom provider.

Have a good day!

Greetings by Sophie


Citylights – Margreet Maljers

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My book review of “Citylights” [EN] / “Licht over de stad” [NL] written by Margreet Maljers

In my view…

Where the first book in the series ‘The Guide – Margreet Maljers‘ left, this sequel starts. It is 1943 and The Netherlands are at war with Germany. In the middle of WWII the story starts. Elja van Lier is now really a young adult and is running a fabrics store in the city of Alkmaar. Her aunts are running a photo shop next to the fabrics store. Her best friend Helmy helps her in the daily routine of being a shop owner. The inhabitants of Alkmaar are having a tough time. In the middle of this WWII lots of people have to buy their food, drinks and basic needs with vouchers. But the vouchers are scarce and as soon as a voucher is valid, it becomes really busy in the fabrics store of Elja. Together with some friends and family she helps refugees and crashed pilots who are wanted by the enemy. Family, love and friendship but also conspiracy. The good versus bad and the incredible kindness of good people that always survives war.

Who would you really trust when a war breaks out? What would you trust? Where do you trust to live then? Those questions I asked myself while I was reading this sequel.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I found only one error, a double printed word. The pace of the writing was at first quick and slowed down towards the middle of the story. A little bit too long slowly for my taste but towards the end it was al quickened up and it made me even wonder how the story would evolve if every year was so descriptive written.

Main characters

The main character in the story is Elja van Lier. And the other very important characters are her friend Everardus (Evert) Koomen, her aunts Flora & Aline van Henegouwen, the parents and aunts and uncles from Elja and Evert and best friend Helmy and her family are important as well. Together roughly three families and a many other persons. But you discover that in the book otherwise a complete story would already be told.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Worth The Wait – Karen Witemeyer

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My book review of “Worth the Wait” written by Karen Witemeyer

In my view…

This book is about a woman who lives with her son in a women’s village. Because of her past and because she met an important person she decided to live here, in Harper’s Station. This woman who is named Victoria Adams and is referred to often as ‘Tori’ [in the Dutch version though], is very ambitious and starts a shop. Every item that belongs to or is part of or is needed for a household, is a come and go in this shop. Business is going well and Victoria decides to travel to some nearby villages and stop at every house. Having a chat and maybe some business can be done and she will have more customers. In this story there is not an exact time period given in which this story takes place, but you can imagine a period like 1850, before cars were invented and people travelled by horses and carriages.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I rarely found a spelling mistake and the pace of the writing style is nice. It quickens up a bit towards the end. It is a really nice short book and is an inbetweener of a series named ‘Harper’s Station’. I did not know that when I was reading it, found out later on. You do not really notice it in the writing, only that a few people seem more familiar with each other and you think you miss a piece of history somewhere. Although towards the end these pieces are completed as well so you can read it as a standalone too.

Main characters


There are a lot of characters that come forward in this short novel. The main characters are Victoria Adams, Lewis Adams, Benjamin Porter and Emma Chandler (Shaw). Other quickly mentioned character names are: Malachi Shaw, Alberta Chandler, Grace Mallory, Angus Johnson, Bartholomeüs Porter, Marlow Hutchins, Paul Crawley, Hazel McPhearson, Sarah McPhearson, Colin McPhearson, Helios, Hermes, Hercules, Maybelle, Jed Crawley, Frannie Crawley, Michael Crawley, and Daphne Crawley.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Between Title and Position – Marja Visscher

'Tussen rang en stand' [NL] - written by Marja Visscher.
‘Tussen rang en stand’ [NL] – written by Marja Visscher. Cover copyright by publisher Zomer & Keuning, official website link in the image.
My book review of “Between Title and Position [EN] | Tussen rang en stand [NL]” written by Marja Visscher

In my view…

This partly true-life story combines history and fiction. The author has done a lot of research to this person who really existed and to the historical background of the environment. I love reading those kind of books to retrieve a kind of imagination of how people have lived back then. The story starts in the midst of the 18th century (~1753) and tells about the life of Sara Louisa du Faget van Assendelft. She lives together with her parents in The Hague, The Netherlands, in a very famous street where the nobility lived. The ‘jours’, high tea’s, card, gambling and dinner parties are an every days subject. Your title is very important and your position can be of influence. Sara decides to explore more of life than the daily routines she experiences in The Hague. Together with her best friend and neighbour Hille Staal, she travels to the southern part of South Holland. She travels to Heinenoord where her family has an estate that needs some renovation due to storms of the past couple of years. What happens there during the first few months, changes her life forever. She could lose her position, she could lose her title. And the people do treat her like a person with status, not being just one of them who comes for a mindful peace and a renovation.

Writing style / spelling

In this book I have found no writing or spelling errors. It reads very lightly and the pace is normal to quick. Now and then it lets you think and now and then it speeds up. But this also happens because of the storytelling and the gaps in time that now and then occur. Especially more towards the end of the book so the pace of reading speeds up.

Main characters

Besides Sara Louisa du Faget, there are also many other persons mentioned now and then in the story. Her parents, her best friend Hille Staal and her dad Claudius Staal. In Heinenoord lived also many people who helped with and during the renovation. These persons were: Maaike Sevenbergen, Pieter Sevenbergen, Leeuwenburgh, Dirk van der Pligt and his kids, Teun Gorissen, Louter, Barendregt, and Dreesman. All these names are typical Dutch and some names appear really often in this part of Holland, even nowadays.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I have described the beginning of the story but I am not quoting facts of how the story exactly develops – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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