Category: Travel

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery Detail. Nicholas Hilliard, Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1575 © National Portrait Gallery, Londen. Bought 1965 with thanks to the Art Fund.
Exhibitions, Travel

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery

The last of the exhibitions I already visited late September. This exhibition is on display at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden. The exhibition From 11 September 2021 to January 9 2022 the outstanding collection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London, will be on view in Leeuwarden. The exhibition Icons: Masterpieces from the National […]

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The Golden Coach on display
Exhibitions, Travel

The Golden Coach on display

I visited some lovely exhibitions already in September, but I have suddenly been so busy with wedding reports, travelling and other stuff, that I haven’t found the time yet to post about it. If you make it to Amsterdam there is not only The wedding dress of Queen Máxima in the New Church that you […]

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Bückeburg – Castle in the fog
Castles, Gardens, Travel

Bückeburg – Castle in the fog

At the start of a wonderful wedding day in Bückeburg, Germany on Saturday – a report with lots of photos will follow – I enjoyed a morning stroll in the park and on the palace square of Bückeburg Palace, residence of the princely family zu Schaumburg-Lippe. It was still pretty cold and foggy, which especially […]

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The wedding dress of Queen Máxima photo & copyright: Evert Elzinga
Exhibitions, Travel

The wedding dress of Queen Máxima

Now the covid-19 pandemic seems to have come to an halt (at least for now), also new exhibitions are being opened. In the past two weeks I visited no less than three exhibitions. Two were in Amsterdam, one in Leeuwarden, all here in the Netherlands. It was a real joy being able to travel and […]

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Laarwoud – A noble manor in Zuidlaren
Castles, Travel

Laarwoud – A noble manor in Zuidlaren

This summer I visited friends. As my friend has a lego exhibition at the Brink Hotel right now, I of course had to see it. After our visit we walked through the village, or rather around Laarwoud. Surrounded by trees this (former) noble manor – in the province of Drenthe they call it a havezate […]

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Borg Verhildersum – My tour continued
Castles, Travel

Borg Verhildersum – My tour continued

While waiting to be able to post the pictures of two (yes two!) royal weddings in the past weeks, here is another Groninger borg. I went cycling yesterday and passed this beauty, Borg Verhildersum in Leens, that I have visited in the past. My last visit was however quite a few years ago. Unfortunately yesterday […]

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Borkum – A royal connection?
Travel, Travel Tips

Borkum – A royal connection?

Two weeks ago I took a two-day vacation. Due to Covid I didn’t dare to go away that far yet. But I managed to book a night in a hotel on the Island of Borkum in Germany. It turned out later on that the room had become vacant because of the pandemic. Lucky me, although […]

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Childhood memories – Epema State
Castles, Travel

Childhood memories – Epema State

I grew up in Sneek, in the north of the Netherlands. In the nearby village of IJsbrechtum was the closest noble estate, and I am pretty sure this was the first castle I ever visited, easy to reach by bike. Later when my mother worked in the Fairtrade shop in Sneek they had a stand […]

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