Art

Rome: Part Two

Rome: Part Two

For us, Trevi Fountain was empty and under restoration. Michelangelo's Pietà was behind bulletproof glass. Carravaggio's Saint Matthew was illuminated by coin-operated spotlights. All checks off my extensive art bucketlist, but not quite what I expected. Was I disappointed?

Rome: Part One

Rome: Part One

I don't think Bernini is a household name in Canada, but maybe it should be. You've heard of Michelangelo (the non-ninja turtle)? Bernini is the Michelangelo of the seventeenth century.

Why are Bernini's sculptures so special? Bernini had the ability to carve life into his marble. 

Dreams And Bicycles

Dreams And Bicycles

Imagine, for a moment, a national park boasting vistas reminiscent of Canadian boreal forests, the African plains and lonely marshland. At the heart of this little slice of wilderness is a major art museum housing the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world and a 25 hectare sculpure garden. And best of all, the first thing you see upon entering the park are racks of complimentary bicycles.

Flower Parade

Flower Parade

Bloemencorso only takes place here, but makes the news throughout the country, so we feel really special to have been able to witness it. We were, of course, tardy to the parade (has a Shuchuk ever been on time?) but we were amazed by the second half, and the hour's bike ride was well worth it. This year's theme was "200 Years Kingdom" and the parade included twenty floats decorated completely with flowers and bulbs, luxury cars, marching bands and other entertainment.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

We went on a Friday evening, when the museum is open late, has live music and serves drinks in the lobby from a bar stocked with a full selection of Van Gogh Vodka and all the fixings for cocktails! The atmosphere really brought new life to van Gogh for me. I usually prefer my museums with fewer people, but I highly recommend this time and place, especially if you're feeling a little bored of the museum scene.