Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Breda! Finally! I've been wanting to come and visit for a while now, and last Saturday was the day for it.
Just look how beautiful this park is! From the station you pass through it into the village, what a lovely welcome.The town's center is quite small, but nice to walk around.But what we came for was the design museum. First, however, we needed to attend to the matter of lunch. Luckily smack bang next to the design museum is a delightful French winebar called Dames Pellens. It was perfect.A really intimate place with cozy atmosphere we loved it! I had the coq au vin which was delish!
There's a really good wind selection (obviously, being a wine bar and all), and we enjoyed a heavenly glass of Spanish red with our foul. The service was great and the staff very friendly and really helped to make it a pleasure to dine there. And then we come to the main event, the Graphic Design Museum.The Museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions and, of course, a shop. Though I have to say given the vast amount of products they could have had there, I found the shop a little stingy and predictable. The permanent exhibition 100 Years of Dutch Graphic Design was by far the best. Showcasing some of the most influential people in Dutch graphic design history it was super nice.
This image above is from the temporary exhibition called UnCOVERING Women, women in magazines.Letterlab is an exhibition for kids, above is a huge magnet board to show how pixels work to make shapes and letters.
The museum has it's own iPhone app, how fancy. Learn more or buy it. It's offered in both Dutch and English.Then it was time to head home. So back through the park we went, past some more stunning trees...
...and some chickens and rosters! Funny. And a nice way to end the day. Lovely day trip, and part of a truly wonderful weekend.Winebar Dames Pellens:
Boschstraat 24, 4811 GH Breda.
Open Tuesday - Sunday: 12.00-24.00.

Graphic Design Museum:
Boschstraat 22, 4811 GH Breda.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Monday.
€7.50 for adults, free with Museum Card.

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