Een park voor iedereen

Particulier bezit De gemeente had aanvankelijk niets te maken met het toegangsbeleid. Tot 1953 was het Vondelpark particulier bezit. Het park was in 1864 bedacht door een groep rijke Amsterdammers onder leiding van Piet van Eeghen. Zij zorgden zelf voor de aanleg en voor de gehele financiering – door middel van crowdfunding. Daar kwam geen … Read more Een park voor iedereen

The Best Weekend Trips to Flanders – Belgium

After living in Haarlem and Amsterdam during the last six years, my favourite weekend trips from the Netherlands are still to Flanders. That charming region of Belgium has it all: cute historic towns, wonderful artists, a fantastic chocolate production, delicious food and some amazing beers. After exploring it extensively during the last few years, here … Read more The Best Weekend Trips to Flanders – Belgium

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, and one of the oldest zoos in the world. It also is one of our favorite places to visit in Amsterdam. In that we’re certainly not alone. In 2019 ARTIS received 1.4 million visitors. The zoo gets great reviews at … Read more Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Virtual Museum Visit: Still Lifes at the Rijksmuseum

In this virtual museum visit, I’m going to show you some of the still lifes at the Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the best museums in Europe. And I could always find something interesting in it. However, some of my favourite paintings there are the 17th century still lifes. Filled with unusual objects, … Read more Virtual Museum Visit: Still Lifes at the Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam King’s Day 2021: All-Day Citywide Street Party

Next King’s Day: April 27, 2021 The coronavirus played havoc with King’s Day 2020 (see below). Sure, there were some online events and family balcony- or backyard parties. But those are poor alternatives for the overwhelming party atmosphere of a full-blown normal ‘Koningsdag.’ So, let’s look forward to next year’s event. It is far too … Read more Amsterdam King’s Day 2021: All-Day Citywide Street Party

The Night Watch by Rembrandt is not actually called The Night Watch

The Night Watch — Rembrandt’s most famous painting — is the most popular work of art in the Rijksmuseum, in which it has pride of place. It is viewed by 2.2 million people a year. The painting is officially titled, “Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq” (Dutch: Schutters … Read more The Night Watch by Rembrandt is not actually called The Night Watch

Het grafje in de goot

Kort vóór haar overlijden op 14 oktober 1654 laat Cornelia weten, dat zij niet in het na de Alteratie aan de Presbyteranen toegewezen kerkje begraven wil worden. Duizend maal liever dan in de ‘ontheiligde kapel’ wil zij het ´breje kerkpad bij de geut´ worden gelegd. Haar wens wordt niet gerespecteerd. Wonder boven wonder staat haar … Read more Het grafje in de goot