Posts Tagged “Netherlands”

Leeuwarden – European Capital of Culture 2018

Leeuwarden – European Capital of Culture 2018

1 January – 31 December 2018 The European Capital of Culture 2018 takes place in Leeuwarden, the capital of the Dutch province of Friesland. It is a time for new ideas originating in Friesland to spread to the rest of the world. With culture as the driving force, Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 shows that it takes courage…

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In Nuenen with Vincent van Gogh

In Nuenen with Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s Nuenen is documented in charming fashion at the Vincentre Who is this ‘Vincent’ and where is Nuenen? We are exploring the life of THE Vincent. That’s Vincent van Gogh. Yes, he of the Potato Eaters and Starry, Starry Night fame. Nuenen, a beautiful small town in the region of Brabant in The…

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Loving Vincent …and Tim

Loving Vincent …and Tim

The ‘Loving Vincent’ Exhibition of the Animated Film The Loving Vincent Exhibition is now open at the Noord Brabant’s Museum in Den Bosch. This beautiful town is just one hour from Amsterdam by train, too. The exhibition runs until 28th January 2018 and displays 120 of the paintings from the film. The exhibition shows how…

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Three Chairs for The Netherlands

Three Chairs for The Netherlands

Design is, or should be, about form following function, with art contributing aesthetics I am an unashamed supporter of The Netherlands. It’s next door, but unknown to many British. (That might be perceived as an advantage, at least to us who have already discovered it!) It has history, beautiful architecture, surprisingly good food, art and…

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Kröller-Müller Museum – gardens and galleries

Kröller-Müller Museum – gardens and galleries

One of the first people to appreciate the paintings of Vincent van Gogh This done of the first people to appreciate the paintings of Vincent van Goghelightful museum is a triumph. Yes, it will be a draw for lovers of art but it has such broad appeal for those who appreciate the open and wooded…

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The Textile Museum

The Textile Museum

Textile has played an important part in the history of Tilburg, and you can learn all about it at the museum ‘No, Mum, not a museum!’ Yes, many of us have heard that sad and somewhat panic-stricken refrain from youngsters who are dreading the prospect of another 3-hour amble around galleries hung with dark oil…

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Between Heaven and Earth – Atelier NL

Between Heaven and Earth – Atelier NL

The tile-wall is a collection of clay samples from each farm in the Noordoostpolder region It seemed unlikely. A pottery in a church in Eindhoven. But here it was and it is indeed a divine space in which to sympathetically develop well-designed products from natural clay. But not just any clay – this is Dutch…

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Het Noordbrabants Museum acquires van Gogh watercolour – until 19 March 2017

Het Noordbrabants Museum acquires van Gogh watercolour – until 19 March 2017

Het Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, Holland has recently acquired from a private collection The Garden of the Vicarage at Nuenen by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The work of October-November 1885 is the last known watercolour van Gogh produced in Nuenen and occupies a special place in his oeuvre. This acquisition – the most important purchase…

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The Hague’s fashion souvenirs

The Hague’s fashion souvenirs

We are going on a well-deserved city break, but what does the discerning and well-turned-out shopper bring back? Well, usually nothing apart from a bottle of duty-free. But the fashion-conscious will find so much in the stylish and elegant Hague to bring home. There are design souvenirs aplenty which will garner more admiring glances than…

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Givenchy and Hepburn at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Givenchy and Hepburn at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

The yellow brick Art-Deco museum is solid and striking and an icon of its time. Built between 1931 and 1935, it was designed by the Dutch architect H. P. Berlage, described as the Dutch Frank Lloyd Wright. Berlage believed this would be his greatest work but unfortunately it was also to be his last as…

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Gouda Candle Night, Gouda 16 December 2016

Gouda Candle Night, Gouda 16 December 2016

Gouda by Candlelight, known colloquially as Kaarsjesavond (Candle Night), is a famous annual Christmas event in the city of Gouda. This tradition is marked by countless lit candles, singing, and festivities. Thousands flock to Gouda by Candlelight every year, including important national and international guests. The event is held at the central market square in…

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The Princess, the Palace and the Painter

The Princess, the Palace and the Painter

OK, so I have lied and we are only into the first paragraph! The Princess, the Palace and the Painter is an intriguing title with almost fairy-tale charm. All the characters are real, although the Painter was actually an Artist, but that didn’t begin with a ‘P’. The story is set in The Hague in…

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Rijsttafel in The Hague

Rijsttafel in The Hague

I love The Netherlands and am an unashamed supporter. It’s an oft-disregarded tourist destination even though it’s easy to get to from London. Short breaks are more usually taken in Paris or Berlin. That’s a shame as Dutch cities offer history, architectural charm and delicious food. Yes, dear reader, that statement isn’t an affectation of…

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Gouda – a cheese for all seasons

Gouda – a cheese for all seasons

We have many cheese choices in specialist shops and even our local supermarket. Gouda can easily be overlooked. It seems to have been with us forever and we don’t even notice it anymore. The first mention of this cheese dates from 1184, making it one of the oldest recorded cheeses in the world still being…

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Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese

Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese

Rotterdam is fast becoming known for food. It’s the Netherlands and it might be a bit of a cliché, but, yes there is cheese. Chef Jim De Jong was challenged to make a menu composed of Holland’s most iconic staple, and his creations were stunning. Jim has his culinary focus on seasonality, freshness, and vegetables,…

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Around Gouda

Around Gouda

Gouda is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland. It’s an historic town which was granted city status in 1272 by Floris V, Count of Holland. Most tourists will know Gouda cheese but might not even realise that there really is a town of the same name, which has more to offer…

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François Geurds – unassuming genius

François Geurds – unassuming genius

I have met François Geurds on a few occasions now. A couple of times at his eponymous FG Restaurant and also at the newer Food Lab. For once, the Michelin judges have awarded their coveted stars with logic and insight. But it wasn’t just the food that impressed me, it was also the man. I…

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Rotterdam – beds, buildings and gastronomic surprises

Rotterdam – beds, buildings and gastronomic surprises

It’s attracting lots of gastronomic and architectural attention, and it does indeed offer a wealth of national and international food outlets. The new Markthal is a traditional market in Rotterdam with piles of fresh vegetables, meat and fish and, yes, cheese as well; but its attractive and striking environs are also garnished with a good…

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Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm

Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm

I had visited Holland once before. That was Amsterdam and many years ago. I travelled by air and the flight was quick – Holland is nearer than one might think. But a trip to Rotterdam via Stena Line ferry from Harwich made that diverse and vibrant city even more accessible. Rotterdam is the second-largest city…

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The Markthal – Rotterdam

The Markthal – Rotterdam

http://www.mostlyfood.co.uk/index.php/the-markthal-rotterdam/ We are thinking about a pre-Christmas break, a rejuvenating Spring get-away, a Summer city break, and there are the familiar cries of ‘Let’s go to Rotterdam.’ OK, OK, so I am pulling the leg of my dear reader. It’s a shame that we don’t have Rotterdam as our first thought – and I can’t…

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