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...this is Holland after all.
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Today I got to experience "traditional Holland." In an earlier post I talked about how when Americans think of the Netherlands they think of wooden shoes, windmills and that's about it. Today I saw how Dutch cheese is made, how wooden shoes are made, wore a ridiculous traditional outfit, and ate a Dutch pancake. It was a really solid day.
The au ...
... them, with mustard of course, and a dark brown Dutch beer. Bbbbbeautiful! Then as the weather got worse we walked to the coast - Markermeer Sea on the eastern coast - about 200 metres. Dee dee - you may remember Jop took us all to the west coast last time & it was the North Sea we saw (1988). No dyke on the east coast, as the fishing village has been there for 100s of years. However we ...
... through Dam Square, eating delicious dutch pancakes for lunch and heading for a wander through the red light district in the evening (not one of the more traditional mother/daughter activities I'm sure!!). On our last day we spent the morning at the Van Gogh museum and really enjoyed seeing some of the more famous paintings we had seen reproduced elsewhere over the years. There was time for a little more shopping before it was back to the hotel to head to the ...
... Van Gogh's brother Theo, an art dealer in Paris. The paintings are arranged in mostly chronological order, so it is an instructive walk through the artist's development. I really, really liked this museum. Since the modern art museum is next door, we spent a little time there also. The focus is on Dutch artists. I know little about modern art, so am always thinking of the question, "What makes it art?" Nevertheless, it was interesting and I am glad we ...
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