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Travelling is more than sightseeing only, it is also learning, getting to know the real live and challenges of the locals and the country. The Dutchman creates behind the scenes experiences. The compactness of the Netherlands allows exciting tailor-made excursions. Let me share with you places I visited and fall in love with.

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Embassy of the Free Mind

Amsterdam, October 2019… The Embassy of the Free Mind is a Dutch museum, a library and a platform for free thinking, inspired by the ideas of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica collection. The museum focuses on the European free thinking of the past 2000 years, inspired by hermetic wisdom: insight into the relationship between God, cosmos…

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Rotterdam: the city of modern architecture

Rotterdam, April 2019… Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. Known for its Erasmus University, riverside setting, lively cultural life and maritime heritage. The near-complete destruction of the city center in the World War II Rotterdam Blitz has resulted in a varied architectural landscape, including sky-scrapers (an uncommon sight…

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Moco Museum: making modern art available to the public

Amsterdam, November 2018… The Moco Museum (Modern Contemporary Museum Amsterdam) is a private museum for modern and contemporary art in Amsterdam. An initiative of Lionel and Kim Logchies, owners of Lionel Gallery in the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam. On display works by Banksy, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. The vision of the museum is mainly…

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The Dutchman visits Haarlem

Haarlem, November 2018… Haarlem is a city outside of Amsterdam in the northwest Netherlands. Once a major North Sea trading port surrounded by a defensive wall, it retains its medieval character of cobblestone streets and gabled houses. It’s the center of a major flower-bulb-growing district, and famous for its outlying tulip fields, art museums and…

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Renssen Art Gallery: contemporary Dutch art by Erik Renssen

Broek in Waterland, September 2018… When visiting one of the most charming off the beaten track villages in close vicinity of Amsterdam, you will understand that this is the perfect place for an artist to live and work. Renowned Dutch artist Erik Renssen’ s live is dedicated to painting and sculpting in his atelier in…

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Off the beaten track visits to a windmill, tea garden and winery

Weesp /Amstelveen, May 2018… Just 15 minutes from Amsterdam you can discover a lovely little village called Weesp, where you will find this beautiful old windmill ‘De Vriendschap’ (The Fiendship) located on the banks of the river Vecht. With the help of the wind, ecological grains produce flour for delicious bread and mixes for pancakes…

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Walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

Nuenen, April 2018… You can actually do that in the village of Nuenen at a bit more than 1-hour drive from Amsterdam! Van Gogh lived here from 1883 till 1885. In retrospect, his time there was one of the most important and most productive periods of his life: 195 paintings, including the ‘Potato Eaters’, 313…

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Hunting lodge Sint Hubertus: art and architecture in our beautiful National Park De Hoge Veluwe

Otterlo, October 2017… I must admit, I know the work of our famous architect Berlage (1856 – 1934), but I was amazed about his vision and design of the Hunting lodge Sint Hubertus. The lodge was the former residence of the Kröller-Müllers and one of the most iconic buildings in the Netherlands. It was inspired…

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Kröller-Müller Museum: unique in every season

Otterlo, October 2017… It is always a pleasure for me to visit the beautiful countryside of Otterlo where you will find the Kröller-Müller Museum. Just a one hour drive from Amsterdam and you won’t regret it. The Kröller-Müller Museum has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world: almost 90 paintings and over 180…

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The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium: the oldest working orrery in the world

Franeker, October 2017… This weekend I visited friends in Franeker, a city in the province Frisia in the northern part of The Netherland. An excellent opportunity to go and have a look at The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium, an 18th-century orrery in Franeker, built from 1774 to 1781. Although Eisinga was moderately gifted, he published…

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