Friday, 2 September 2011

Go van Gogh

When you've lived in Holland for as long as I have, you begin to take certain things for granted. And I'm not talking about all the things we miss, like good service and the sun in summer, as we expats are so quick to point out and criticize (though, this summer has really been quite rubbish). But I'm actually talking about the wonderful and amazing things that are all around us all the time that maybe we occasionally go to when friends or family are in town. Maybe. Case in point, the van Gogh museum. I went two weekends ago when my niece was in town for a long weekend. Now I've been here for over nine years (gasp), and I've been to the van Gogh, about, oooh, NINE years ago. I know. Kind of crazy. And we went and I wasn't even that excited, but I have to say it's a really lovely collection of Van Gogh and his contemporaries, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. No photos! Not allowed. But I managed to sneak two Instagram pics with my phone. Te-he. Above, (I forgot to note the title and artist) but I really adore this piece of a lady of questionable intention on the streets of Paris. Below, people watching with Iris'.
So a big 'Thank You' to Miss B, for without your visit I would have missed out on seeing some great art that's right under my nose for yet another year.

The van Gogh Museum:
Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The museum entrance is at Paulus Potterstraat 7.
Opening times: daily 10:00 to 18:00, Friday to 22:00. Closed 1 January.
Cost: Adults: €14. Children 0-17 years: free (a valid ID may be requested.) You can order tickets online to avoid the queue. Museum Card Holders: free.
Internet: free Wifi!

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