Bridge Amsterdam

Our vacation ended with a few days in Amsterdam where the forecast predicted lots and lots of rain, but we ended up with only a little. The last time we were in Holland was during a record-breaking heat wave, so we were happy to wear jackets this time.

During our wanderings, we noticed many buildings which appeared to be falling over. Since Amsterdam is built on land reclaimed from the sea, the foundations are not rock solid, but the engineers have kept the buildings still standing these many years.


Despite the wind, we decided to take an open-air canal boat tour, and actually, when below street level, the wind was unnoticeable. Besides, there were only nine people on our tour and we had no windows to obstruct our views as these cruisers did.IMG_6937

Many canals look the same, but the bridges have greater variety. The bridge on the top right was in the James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever. The bridge on the lower left was inspired by a bridge in Paris, and the three X’s on the bridge below the James Bond bridge are on Amsterdam’s flag, signifying what? Read here to find out. Our guide told us they are for three perils: floods, fires, and the Black Death. Who knows?


We got a close-up look at some of the thousands of houseboats.


Not all buildings are old, historic charmers. Some buildings are quite modern.

I would still like to go to Holland during tulip season. That will have to be a sabbatical trip since it’s during the school year in Claremont.



36 Hours in Claremont – Summer

Five years ago Life In Claremont, published its take on the NY Times Travel Section’s 36 Hours column. A few things have changed since then, so Claremontography presents this updated version.

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47 Things – Summer: Part Two

The last post listed six free things to enjoy in Claremont’s summer. Here are some fun things that are not so free, but equally fun.

  • 7. Enjoy a summer flick at the Laemmle from Box Office Hits to Independent Films.
  • 8. Take in a live performance of some Shakespeare presented by Ophelia’s Jump at the Sontag Greek Theater at Pomona College. This summer the plays are Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Photo courtesy of ieshineon

  • 10. Kick back with a Pint (or more) at Claremont Craft Ales, or take home a growler of your favorite brew.



  • 12. Keep cool with some handcrafted ice cream from à la minute made with liquid nitrogen.


Claremont Village Theater / Harvard Square Café / Bardot

When it was built in the early 1940s, the building Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.39.22 PMat 206 W. Bonita served as Claremont’s movie theater. With one screen, 500-600 people could watch films such as Dr. Zhivago, Dr. Strangelove, The Graduate, Pinocchio and many others. The Facebook page “You know you’re from Claremont if you….” has a nice long discussion of people’s memories of this theater.

In its second life, this building became Harvard Square Café serving French-inspired cuisine. The café had a run of 21 years before it closed in 2013. This photo is from Judy Wright’s book Claremont: A Pictorial History.


Currently, the restaurant Bardot occupies this building, and I finally made it there for dinner this week. Because of our delightful Southern California weather, the inside bar opens to the outdoor seating area, while there are still inside tables in case of rain or excessive heat. I thought that the short ribs were quite delicious, and I will definitely be back for special occasions.