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... that Vermeer used a camera obscura to paint his works, which would actually explain a lot about how distinctive they are. After paying our respects to the "Girl with the Pearl Earring" (the museum is set up so that this is the last painting you come to, though in the crowd we messed up the order), we headed out and got the obligatory pancake. Pannenkoeken are one of the Netherlands' distinctive foods. I mean, I know you can get ...
... life, but have always been wanting to go back to the source. Though bone-chilling cold, Netherlands was awesome! We stayed in The Hague all week but were able to take a day trip to Amsterdam on Wednesday and went to the Van Gogh museum.
I will certainly be headed back to Holland one of the weekends this Spring, and will then take a bunch more pictures. But for now, enjoy the pics and thanks for reading the blog!
... gird my loins for a longish trek across town to Rembrandt House which, hallelujah! did NOT have a queue, but still had quite a crowd inside watching a demonstration of the etching process, which completely jammed up the central hallway. The sense of Rembrandt being there was much more real than the more recent Frank presence, oddly enough - maybe because one knows so many of the interiors, such as his kitchen (which was actually my favourite room as ...
... was probably the coolest shop I've ever been in. Later that night we all went to dinner in town at about 10:00 as we timed dinner to finish just in time to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at 12:00. The wait was definitely worth it. When it sparkles you get to the see it in a completely different light. It's so beautiful how it lights up the hole sky and you really get to see the magnitude of the structure. We all tool our picies and then ventured back ...
... clouds, sideways rain, greenest grass, and lots of umbrellas.
Sound: Tapping of rain, snapping of umbrellas, and sniffles from runny noses!
Smell: Fresh, rainy, and clean. Deep smells in.
Taste: Sweet honey, sour goat cheese, nutty pecans and bread. The combo is heavenly!
Touch: Burrrr. My jeans are soaked, toes are pruney from the rain, but this rain jacket is amazingly dry and protective!