In Düsseldorf, I was very impressed with the bronze statues that painted the city with oxidized drippy green metals. Here it is through my lens.
What I realized is that you can plan to see all you want in Rome, and probably fit in much more than you ever thought was possible, and still, it will never be enough. You want to see just one more thing, or you want to see it again, and you always notice something new. Rome really is a never-ending choose your own adventure.
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.
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.
We've chosen to live in Haarlem. The most frequent reaction of locals, and probably our dear readers, is bewilderment. Really, Haarlem!? It may not be Amsterdam, but the perfect opportunities for us and Nougat were right here. You probably don't know much about Haarlem, so we wanted to share some of the reasons we fell in love with this city.
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.