Monthly Archives: August 2012

Zundert & Bloemencorso

2. In satul olandez Zundert are loc in fiecare an in prima duminica din septembrie Bloemencorso.

Pe campurile din afara satului se cultiva multe dalii, care pe la sfarsitul lui august le coloreaza intr-o multime de culori. Daliile sunt folosite pentru acest corso, o pasiune a locuitorilor, pentru a construi care alegorice incredibile, cu care defileaza pe strazi (ca. 5 km), iar apoi are loc premierea.

Pregatirile dureaza luni intregi, iar in ultima faza se aplica sutele de mii de dalii.

Evenimentul se organizeaza inca din 1936, atrage in jur de 70.000 de spectatori si este al doilea ca marime din lume.


2. The Bloemencorso takes place in the Dutch village Zundert every first Sunday in September.

On the fields outside the village many dahlias are cultivated and in the end of August they fill the fields with their colours. Dahlias are used for this corso, a passion of the inhabitants of Zundert, for building unbelievable floats, which are then shown around the village (the parade is about 5 km long), after which a winner is chosen.

The preparations last for many months, and in the last days the hundreds of thousands of dahlias are applied.

The event started already in 1936, it attracts now about 70.000 viewers and is the second biggest in the world.




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Zundert and Vincent van Gogh

You wouldn’t say, especially since I bet most people haven’t heard of it,  but the Dutch village Zundert in the province Noord Brabant is a real treasure.

I will elaborate in the next 3 posts why that is.

1. Vincent van Gogh was born and has spent his childhood in Zundert, which is why there is the “Van Gogh House” museum in Zundert: .

The museum is not full of his paintings, in fact you will not see any of them, and it also is not housed in the former parsonage inhabited by the van Gogh family, because it was demolished a long time ago.

The van Gogh House offers instead in an interesting way informations about the painter and his life with the aid of an audio guide recorded from Vincent’s perspective, together with projected images and several displays. The museum hosts also exhibitions of art inspired by van Gogh.

Signs of the relation to van Gogh are visible throughout Zundert:

This plate states:
“Parental house of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent was born in this place on March 30th 1853. The original house dating back to the 16th century, which was demolished in 1903, as well as the house rebuilt on the same spot in 1904 have served until 1970 exclusively as parsonage. In 1953 a commemorative plaque was unveiled to celebrate Vincent van Gogh’s 100th birthday. It was created by the sculptor Niel Steenbergen.”

A plate about van Gogh’s “aunts”:

A sculpture of Vincent and his brother Theo:

My favourite, in terms of humor, is this stand (across the street from the van Gogh house) where you can buy French fries and which is decorated with van Gogh’s painting “The Potato Eaters”:

Zundert and Auvers sur Oise, the French town nearby Paris where Vincent van Gogh is buried, are twin towns.

People who know this will smile for sure when they will see below sign in Zundert.

Conclusion: if you are a van Gogh fan, put Zundert on your “to do” list.


Posted by on 25 August 2012 in ENGLISH POST, Turistic


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Zundert si Vincent van Gogh

Nu ai zice, mai ales pentru ca pun pariu ca nu a auzit multa lume de el, dar satul olandez Zundert din provincia Noord Brabant este o adevarata comoara.

Voi elabora in urmatoarele trei postari de ce.

1. Vincent van Gogh s-a nascut si a copilarit in Zundert, motiv pentru care exista muzeul “Casa van Gogh” in Zundert:

Muzeul nu este plin de picturile lui, ba chiar nu vei vedea nici una, si nici nu are sediul in fosta casa parohiala in care a locuit familia van Gogh, pentru ca aceasta a fost demolata cu mult timp in urma.

Casa van Gogh ofera in schimb in mod interesant informatii despre pictor si viata lui, cu ajutorul unui ghid audio inregistrat din perspectiva lui Vincent, impreuna cu imagini proiectate si diferite display-uri. In muzeu au loc si expozitii cu arta inspirata de van Gogh.

Semne ale legaturii cu van Gogh sunt vizibile in toata comuna Zundert:

Aceasta placa zice asa:
“Casa parinteasca a lui Vincent van Gogh

In acest loc s-a nascut Vincent pe 30 martie 1853. Casa originala datand din secolul al 16-lea, care a fost demolata in 1903, la fel ca si casa reconstruita in acelasi loc in 1904 au servit pana in 1970 exclusiv drept casa parohiala. In 1953 a fost amplasata o piatra comemorativa cu ocazia implinirii a 100 de ani de la nasterea lui Vincent van Gogh. Aceasta a fost creata de sculptorul Niel Steenbergen.”

O placa despre “matusile” lui van Gogh:

O sculptura reprezentandu-i pe Vincent si fratele lui, Theo:

Preferata mea, ca umor, este aceasta ghereta (peste drum de Casa van Gogh) unde se pot cumpara cartofi prajiti si care este decorata cu tabloul lui van Gogh “Mancatorii de cartofi”.

Zundert este infratit cu Auvers sur Oise, localitatea franceza in apropiere de Paris in care este inmormantat Vincent van Gogh.

Cunoscatorii acestui fapt vor zambi cu siguranta cand vor da cu ochii in Zundert de indicatorul de mai jos.

In concluzie: daca esti fan van Gogh,  trece Zundert-ul pe lista locurilor de vizitat.


Posted by on 24 August 2012 in Turistic


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Ieri am plecat sa vizitam Floriade, expozitia de flori si gradini care are loc in Olanda o data la 10 ani. Ajunsi la parcare, am vazut o coada de cateva sute de oameni care se indreptau spre cateva autobuze care sa ii transporte pana la intrarea expozitiei. Cum era cald si soare, nu ne-a atras deloc ideea de a astepta atata timp pana sa putem intra, asa ca am abandonat planul si am ajuns in Venlo, orasul in exteriorul caruia se afla expozitia.

Asa ca in loc de poze cu flori, am cateva poze din Venlo, vedeti mai jos.

Venlo este un oras aproape de granita cu Germania, drept pentru care e vizitat de multi germani, am auzit mai multa germana decat olandeza in jur.

Orasul se afla in provincia Limburg, cunoscuta pentru tartele numite vlaai, asa ca vlaai am mancat si noi, cum sa ratam ocazia? 🙂


Yesterday we left home to go visit the Floriade, the flower and garden exhibition held in the Netherlands once every 10 years. Arrived at the parking place, we saw a queue of a few hundred persons walking towards the few buses that would transport them to the entrance of the exhibition. As it was warm and sunny, we didn’t feel like waiting such a long time just to get to the entrance, so we gave up the plan and we went to Venlo, the town which hosts the exhibition.

So instead of flowers, here are a few pictures from Venlo.

Venlo is a town close to the German border, that is why it is visited by many Germans, I heard more German being spoken around me than Dutch.

The town is part of the province Limburg, which is known for its cakes named vlaai, so vlaai we ate, how could we miss the opportunity? 🙂

Vlaai de capsuni / Strawberry vlaai

Vlaai de cirese cu spuma de albusuri / Cherry vlaai with beaten egg whites topping

Primaria / City hall

O “casuta” pentru pasari gigantica / A huge bird box

O cladire veche / An old building

“Wildbreien” (in fata magazinului de lana) 🙂 /

“Wildbreien” (in front of the wool shop) 🙂

Picturi murale / Murals

Si, in sfarsit, niste flori:) / And finally some flowers 🙂





Posted by on 13 August 2012 in ENGLISH POST, Gastronomice, Turistic


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Este oficial, este vremea castravetilor in Olanda, respectiv komkommertijd.

O expresie draguta care face referire la perioada cea mai linistita din an, vara, de obicei in luna august, cand majoritatea oamenilor au concediu si cand  in general se intampla putine lucruri.

La televizor nu se difuzeaza sezoane noi din seriale si emisiuni, stirile sunt mai putin importante, ba sunt si ziare care au editii mai subtiri sau mai rare.

Originea expresiei nu este sigura, se pare sa fi existat de mai multe secole, cand cultivatorii de castraveti erau foarte ocupati cu recolta in perioada asta, dar in afara de ei, totul era relativ linistit. Astfel s-a asociat perioada castravetilor cu o perioada de liniste (mai putin pentru cultivatori).

Se prea poate ca expresia sa fi fost preluata din alta limba, precum engleza sau germana, care au sau au avut o expresie similara (cucumber time, Sauergurkenzeit).

In prezent exista expresii diferite in mai multe limbi care desemneaza aceeasi perioada.

In limba romana din cate stiu nu exista ceva similar, sau?


It’s official: we are in full cucumber time in the Netherlands, meaning komkommertijd.

A nice expression that describes the most peaceful period of the year, in the summer, mostly in August, when most people have holidays and not much happens in general.

On tv there are no new seasons of series or shows, the news is less important and some newspapers even have thinner editions or less frequent.

The origin of the expression is not certain, it appears that centuries ago it was being used as this was the period when the cucumber cultivators were busy with the harvest, but other than that not much was going on. So this period of harvesting cucumbers was associated with a period of rest (except for the cultivators).

It is  possible that the expression was taken over from another language, like English or German, where similar expressions were or are used (cucumber time, Sauergurkenzeit).

Currently there are other expressions in several languages which describe the same period.

As far as I know there is no such expression in Romanian, is there?


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