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Amsterdam 2013

If you are looking for a holiday destination for 2013 I can recommend Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, which was named by Lonely Planet as second on the list of the 10 cities in the world worth visiting this year (the first being San Francisco). The reason is that there are a lot of anniversaries, among which I find most interesting: the canal network of the town turns 400 years old, the painter Vincent van Gogh was born 160 years ago and 40 years ago the museum dedicated to him was opened in Amsterdam. This museum is being renovated and will be reopened on May 1st 2013 (until April 25th a van Gogh exhibition can be seen in the Hermitage museum, also in Amsterdam). After a general renovation which lasted 10 years, on April 13th 2013 Rijksmuseum (the royal museum) will reopen, being one of the most important Dutch museums.

See here the Lonely Planet site and below some photos taken in Amsterdam:

If you feel like booking a last minute trip, starting last year the third Saturday in January is the National Tulip Day, which opens the tulip season lasting until the end of April. This year the event will be on January 19th , when the main square in Amsterdam, De Dam, will be filled with about 200.000 tulips that can be plucked by flower enthusiasts from 13.30 until 18.00 (or until the last tulip). Last year about 10.000 people have plucked tulips, so the chances are big that it will be crowded.

The Netherlands really deserves to be called “country of tulips”, as it is the country with the highest tulip export in the world, about 1,7 billion tulips reach about 100 countries each year.

Do you have holiday plans? If not, why not come to Amsterdam?

 
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Posted by on 10 January 2013 in ENGLISH POST

 

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Amsterdam 2013

Daca sunteti in cautarea unei destinatii pentru un concediu in 2013 am o recomandare: Lonely Planet situeaza capitala Olandei, Amsterdam, pe locul al doilea (dupa San Francisco) al oraselor care merita vizitate anul acesta. Asta datorita mai multor aniversari, dintre care mai interesante mi se par: reteaua de canale a orasului implineste anul acesta 400 de ani, se implinesc 160 de la nasterea pictorului Vincent van Gogh si 40 de ani de la deschiderea muzeului dedicat lui in Amsterdam, care este in renovare si va fi redeschis la 1 mai 2013 (pana pe 25.04.2013 o expozitie van Gogh poate fi vizitata in cadrul muzeului Hermitage, tot in Amsterdam). Dupa o renovare generala care a durat 10 ani, pe 13 aprilie 2013 va avea loc redeschiderea oficiala a Rijksmuseum (muzeul regal), unul dintre cele mai importante muzee olandeze.

Vezi aici site-ul Lonely Planet si mai jos cateva fotografii de prin oras:

Daca aveti chef de un last minute, incepand de anul trecut intr-a treia sambata din ianuarie se sarbatoreste ziua nationala a lalelei, pentru a deschide astfel sezonul de lalele, care tine pana la sfarsitul lunii aprilie. Anul acesta va fi deci pe 19 ianuarie si presupune umplerea pietei principale din Amsterdam, De Dam, cu circa 200.000 de lalele care pot fi culese de catre doritori de la 13.30 pana la 18.00 (sau pana se termina lalelele). Anul trecut in jur de 10.000 de oameni au cules lalele, deci ingramadeala va fi garantata.

Ca fapt divers: Olanda isi merita numele de tara a lalelelor, fiind tara care exporta cele mai multe lalele din lume, in jur de 1,7 miliard pe an ajung in aproximativ 100 de tari.

Voi aveti planuri de concediu? Daca nu, zau asa, veniti la Amsterdam 🙂

 
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Posted by on 10 January 2013 in Turistic

 

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Olanda: ce să vezi, să experimentezi, să savurezi (II)

A aparut pe blogul Mirei si partea a doua a articolului nostru despre Olanda, de data aceasta puteti citi ce mancaruri tipice puteti consuma aici, ce sarbatori au olandezii si multe informatii care pot fi de folos pentru o vizita in Olanda.

Nu  ratati lista cu 77 de idei de bifat in timpul sederii in Olanda,  o puteti descarca gratuit si lua cu voi.

Intrati si cititi articolul aici.

 

P.S. Mira, am primit complimente pentru aspectul textului (diferitele marimi de fonturi), asta e numai meritul tau 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on 11 October 2012 in Turistic

 

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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: http://www.vangoghhuis.com/ .

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.

 
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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: http://www.vangoghhuis.com/

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.

 
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Posted by on 24 August 2012 in Turistic

 

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