Although I've already written at length about the Rijksmuseum in anticipation of the re-opening, now that I’ve actually personally been there, I realize that you can never say too much about the Rijksmuseum. Also, in case you haven't noticed, this week has been a pretty big one for the Netherlands and all things orange and Dutch in general, and nothing (that isn't a windmill) screams "Dutch" more than the Rijksmuseum. To get into the spirit of all... read more »
For your Halloween enjoyment, here's Vincent Van Gogh's Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. Love his sense of humor! Skeletons can't really smoke...or can they?! Hmm...maybe they can on Halloween. I bet skeletons smoke to keep warm while roaming the streets on Halloween with zombies, werewolves, and vampires!
"Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette" by Vincent Van GoghDon't take this guy to a barbeque!Cigarettes were fashionable in Van Gogh's day. I don't know if the artist smoked cigare... read more »
On September 24th, the doors of the Van Gogh Museum on Paulus Potterstraat in Amsterdam closed for the remainder to 2012 and a good chunk of 2013. Movers were set to work, removing the 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 Continue reading read more »
In 2013, Amsterdam's budget will be reduced by €71.5 million - the largest cut in Amsterdam history. As a result, the city council will be increasing visitor tax by 0.5 percent, bringing tourism tax to 5.5%. This will only affect visitors Continue reading read more »
A note for anyone planning a trip to Amsterdam in the coming months: the world famous van Gogh Museum will be closed between 29 September and 25 April. The museum will undergo renovations while the exhibition is temporarily moved to the Hermitage Museum. Don’t let this news dissuade you from going to the Venice of [...] read more »
The van Gogh museum is currently under renovation, meaning that the normal home of this great collection will be closed between 29 September and 25 April. While the collection from the van Gogh museum has been safely moved to the Continue reading read more »
As a tour guide, I am approached all the time by people asking what to do in Amsterdam. If only there was a single, simple answer to that question. Amsterdam (despite its image) is an incredibly varied city, with something Continue reading read more »
Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-MariesVincent Van Gogh June 1888Now and then I like to post about art because I think art, along with music and laughter, are chicken soup for the soul. And who can't use some chicken soup? So before summer turns to fall, some visual chicken soup for your viewing pleasure.
Summer Paintingsfrom Impressionist ArtistsImpressionism began in France in the mid-19th century. This art movement emphasized free flowing brushstrokes and use of light and color, as opposed to th... read more »
Amsterdam has been awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide for travel and tourism. The Dutch capital earned the top ranking for its landmarks and attractions, setting it apart from Holland's neighbours. The tire company specifically highlighted the Begijnhof Continue reading read more »
Hackford House in London where Van Gogh livedI am a big fan of Vincent Van Gogh so when I read that the London boarding house where he lived from 1873 to 1874 was sold at auction I just had to know more. It seems there was not much in Vincent’s life without drama, and the year he spent living on the top floor of the three-bedroom Victorian on Hackford Road at age 20 was no exception. He earned a nice income working for art dealers on Southampton Street, had outings with friends and wrote cheerful letters... read more »