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Magnetic Mega Museum

We are home! Traveling to the home of Van Gogh is bound to up the refrigerator impressionist art magnet collection and boy howdy it did!  It took J a couple of months to complete the new arrangement but here is what it looks like now.  There is a  total of 84 pieces of art and I am not sure what …

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Trip to Leiden

On our last full day in The Netherlands we traveled south by train to the college town of Leiden.  Much like Amsterdam is had very pleasant row houses with canals running through out the city center. The rail station was a easy walk to the University of Leiden and its Botanical gardens.  The gardens incorporated several glasshouses, lookouts and walks …

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Van Gogh’s landscapes from the Kroller-Muller…

Van Gogh had a large variety of subjects for his artwork.  Portraits, still life’s, landscapes, other random things.  But the landscapes are some of my favorites. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam had two that were painted shortly before his death that I really like, but we’re talking only the Kroller-Muller right now, but there are some great ones here …

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Van Gogh’s contemporaries at the Kroller-Muller…

While the Kroller-Muller museum has many many Van Gogh pieces, about 200 in total, at the time the collection was built in the 1910 – 1930, they wisely added art contemporaries at the time to truly show a wide array of Modern Art. During our visit we saw a few of my old impressionist favorites including Pizarro and Sisely, but …

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The flowers of van Gogh at the Kroller-Muller…

We traveled by tram, train, taxi, walked, and bused out way to Otterlo in Dutch national park to reach the Kroller-Muller museum. This museum has the largest private collection of Van Gogh pieces anywhere, with over 200, and a great complimentary set of works by his contemporaries as well. To much for one post because this museum really has a …

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Rembrandt at the Mauritshuis Museum…

While at the Hague, we dropped by the Mauritshuis Museum, one of the highlights of der Haag if you are in the city.  Plus it’s right around the corner from a hotel and cafe that oddly enough had one of the best pulled pork bbq sandwhiches I’ve ever had. The museum space was very well laid out, well lit with …

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Piet Mondriaan, crafty Dutch artist…

You know when you hear about Modern Art in one The Shining examples that they show you is a white background with some black lines and some squares of yellow blue and red?  That guy is Dutch and he’s big here and his name is Piet Mondrian. From my point of view he seems like a pretty crafty guy.  He …

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Delft, the Chinese counterfit…

In another note that things run in cycles, we saw an actually great display of delft pottery at the gemeentemuseum.  I’m usually not one for pottery, delft, ancient Greek, or otherwise, but this display was quite good. And I learned that Delft pottery is all basically counterfeit versions of Chinese porcelain.  The Dutch imported pottery from China but could not …

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Antwerp, Belgium

On Tuesday it was nice enough for us to take a day trip to Antwerp, Belgium.  We took a 9 o’clock super saver train in the morning and arrived about 1.5 hours later at Antwerp Central Station. The station is very beautiful and ornate at the front and a real asset to the city.  We have found the trains to …

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Boats and Botanical Gardens

On Monday after the Amsterdam National Maritime Museum we took a walk to the botanical gardens. We toured their tropical houses, palm house, desert greenhouse, winding paths, ponds and butterfly house. J especially enjoyed the trip in the greenhouses and got some fun smelling fruity soap at the gift shop. After our trip around the gardens and dodging the rain …