Tag Archives: Amsterdam

Book Treasure Hunt #littlefreelibrary #minibieb

This summer I have unwittingly taken part in a Book Treasure Hunt spanning four counties within the Netherlands and England. Most of you will have heard of the phenomenon, Little Free Library which I believe started in the US with … Continue reading

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Horses and Hermès. A marriage made in Amsterdam

Exclusive French fashion label, Hermès don’t advertise very much. Well, it’s all rather vulgar isn’t it, dahlings? Hermès create aspirational fashion and equestrian items that most people can only dream of owning. So when I heard that their travelling artisan … Continue reading

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Parrots and Mermaids in het Stedelijk

The Oasis of Matisse is the largest-ever retrospective of work by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) to be shown in the Netherlands. The exhibition traces the multi-sided talent and artistic development of Matisse from his early work through to the dazzling cut-outs … Continue reading

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Meet the Head of Fine and Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum

During a recent serendipitous encounter I had the good fortune to meet Professor Dr. Gregor J. M. Weber, Head of Fine and Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt: The late works is currently showing at the National Gallery in London and … Continue reading

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Yes Sir, Yes Sir, Three Bags Full!

Have you heard my latest? I’ve adopted a sheep! And not just any old sheep. Oh no, this one’s a rare breed. Ouessant sheep are named after the island, 18 miles off the west coast of Brittany. They are mainly … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Vondelpark!

This year het Vondelpark, one of Amsterdam’s best known parks, celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark the occasion, school children were asked to create a sculpture that was inspired by the park. The children followed workshops with professional sculptors and … Continue reading

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Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea!

One of the advantages of living in Amsterdam is that you’re never more than half an hour’s drive or ride from the sea. Zandvoort-aan-Zee is the favoured beach for Amsterdammers, easily reached by train or car. But my favourite seaside … Continue reading

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‘Oh, Buttons!’

Last time it was ribbons, now it’s buttons. Am I turning into a haberdashery connoisseur? Probably not, but I do like a nice button from time to time. I remember having a conversation about buttons with my much-loved mentor, Christine Risley, … Continue reading

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Eye Eye, Me Hearties

A while back, I celebrated my birthday and my husband organised a lovely day out at the EYE Film Institute. We went to the Fellini exhibition, watched the remastered version of ‘ Jour de Fete’ starring the legendary Jacques Tati and had … Continue reading

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In the Pink* in ‘de Tuinen van West!’

On Whitsunday, or Pinksteren (still a Bank Holiday here) my other half and I set off on our bicycles to visit our allotment garden in de Eendracht. On the way we took a detour and explored the newly planted area … Continue reading

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