Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Results

Lovely place to check my mail for the results of my final two subjects. Lucky me I was rewarded with two positive marks and can start with the thesis in a month or two.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Big car shadow

See the big shadow underneath the car. Hard to believe we had such clear sunny weather only a week ago. Today is typical Dutch weather: rainy and gray, no blue sky and no shadows to be caught.

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Some more Amsterdam

The Dam, our National Monument.The Royal Palace.A bike taxi.A tram approaching and in the background the Mozes and Aäronchurch.The Magere Brug.A canal with a houseboat in the foreground.
Hotel de l'Europe.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Museum visit

In Amsterdam we were on our way to the above building. It used to be a nursing home but has been rebuild to become the Hermitage museum.Only a few weeks ago Hermitage Amsterdam opened its doors to the exhibition "At the Russian Court". To me this exhibition sounded very interesting and a possibility to see part of the collection that is normally displayed at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.There were two large halls besides many smaller rooms displaying all treasures. The "ballroom" with revolving display cases and the surprise of suddenly hearing ballroom music created a perfect sphere. The large oil paintings hanging everywhere are painted in such detail that it really amazed me. So clear that faces looked like photo's taken. It was a delight to see all these wonderful paintings. The lovely dresses, ball gowns and other costumes on display made me gasp in awe but also happy that I live now and don't have to wear such clothes. The pictures of St. Petersburg make me wish to visit that impressive city one day. The wing with pictures, paintings and lots of information about the period that spanned the reign of six tsars of the Romanov dynasty was very interesting and touching too, especially knowing the tragic history of the last tsar of Russia. Leaving the Hermitage Amsterdam I felt I have learned a lot about life at the Russian Court. The clothes, the paintings, the information, the historical facts and all other treasures on diplay. I can only say one thing WOW it was fantastic!

Thanks to those people who made it possible to visit this beautiful exhibition so close to home!