All posts filed under: Art and Culture

THE GEM OF THE SOUTH

Today’s post is about Delft – the charming and picturesque city in the South of Holland. It’s an absolute must-see. The city is full of history, culture and beautiful architecture. There really is something for everyone in Delft. You can enjoy a nice walk around the many canals that go through the city, have a cold beer while observing life around you, or even take a boat trip around the city. It is not very big and in a day you can see a lot of it. Something interesting for the art lovers – the painter Vermeer lived and worked in Delft almost his whole life. In Delft you can discover more about his life. And if you want some peace and quiet, the Botanical garden can offer you just that. It is easy to reach Delft by public transport. I like to travel by train. Now lets take a stroll… Advertisements

MAURITSHUIS

Every now and then I like to plan a day for culture. This time I visited Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is home to some of the best Dutch Golden Age paintings. I finally got the chance to see Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (see below)! The building itself is absolutely gorgeous! It is not very big, so if you are short on time, you’ll be able to quickly see everything. How often do you go to museums?

HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE

If you still haven’t gotten your hands on this book, now is the perfect time to cozy up with a good read! Because we all love Paris and the melody of the French language, perhaps at some point in our lives we wanted to be French, or just because life as a Parisian is plus belle, the book written by the four girlfriends Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas is a must have. How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are gives a glimpse into the lives of typical Parisians, beauty tips, tips about the do’s and don’ts in fashion, and French recipes. And above all, it is hilarious! One of my favourite quotes from the book: “Take the time to talk to the elderly lady next door, to read a book, to walk to work instead of riding the subway when it’s a beautiful day. Take the time to escape for a weekend with friends. Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to …

GODS AND HEROES

You have all heard the story about the legendary Odysseus, king of Ithaca. He is probably the best known hero in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Legend goes that it took Odysseus twenty years to return to Ithaca – ten fighting the Trojan War and another ten for the journey back home. During all these years, his wife Penelope stayed faithful until they finally reunited. Odysseus reasserted his place as the rightful king of Ithaca after all the years of travails trying to return home. This is how Odysseus described Ithaca: I am Odysseus, son of Laertes, known to the world for every kind of craft – my fame has reached the skies. Sunny Ithaca is my home. Atop her stands our seamark, Mount Neriton’s leafy ridges shimmering in the wind. Around her a ring of islands circle side-by-side, Doulichion, Same, wooded Zacynthos too, but mine lies low and away, the farthest out to sea, rearing into the western dusk while the others face the east and breaking day. (Odyssey book IX, trans. Robert Fagles) This epic …

WHEN IT’S TIME TO LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND AND BECOME A PRINCESS

The Netherlands is not only about canals, bicycles and pretty flowers. Medieval castles are probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of it. Well, there are some worth a shot. I recently visited Muiderslot castle located very close to Amsterdam.  It is ideal for a day trip if you are around and wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The castle is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is used as a museum today. There are tours in English and in Dutch. Muiderslot’s history begins in the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most beautiful and well preserved castles in The Netherlands.

ROTTERDAM SUNSETS

The harbour of Rotterdam has become one of the most important harbours in the world and it is the biggest one in Europe. Rotterdam is the second largest Dutch city with a mix of modern culture, innovative developments, and historical heritage. It was almost completely destroyed after being bombed by German air attacks during the Second World War and rebuilt to become the modern city it is today. The Dutch deserve a big applause!

A DAY FOR ART

I’m excited to tell you about my recent visit to the Escher Museum (or Escher in het Paleis) in the Hague. It is an incredible exhibition in what was formerly the Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands, which features prints by the famous Dutch artist Escher. Escher’s work is so unique and distinguishable. The way magic, perspective, and illusions are intertwined is fascinating. Go and see for yourself! What also impressed me is the palace itself. Absolutely gorgeous! Each room has a unique chandelier. The best is that the rooms can be hired for receptions, special occasions, and exclusive dinners. Pretty awesome, right?