Contrast old and new in your photos
The original Potato Eaters was painted in Nuenen. What I really like about the painting is that, while it is quite naive in a way, it is painted with so much passion and power.
The better you know a place, the better your photos will be
I was born in Groningen and raised in The Hague, but it never really felt like my town. It was more formal and there was not really a beating heart to it. Later on, I realized I had to read between the lines to understand it.
Is this the world’s best art museum?
Is the Mauritshuis the world’s best museum of art? Stuffed with well-known masterpieces, it’s small enough not to tire you out, while offering a thrill in almost every room.
Amsterdam’s City Center: you’ll be rewarded for getting lost
Dam Square, the Nieuwe Kerk, the Red Light District – the center of Amsterdam is unsurprisingly the most crowded area of the city.
If you've got it, don't flaunt it
When I stroll around the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I am struck by the portraits from the 17th-century Dutch “Golden Age.”
How Holland keeps Van Gogh’s “Potato Eaters” alive
Van Gogh painted one of his most important works, the gloomy and realistic "Potato Eaters", in Nuenen. I visit this small Dutch town to discover the roots of the painting.
Shadowing the “Master of Light”
A few steps away from Delft’s Nieuwe Kerk is the former Saint Luke’s Guild, built in 1662 and now a center dedicated to the town’s most famous artist: Johannes Vermeer. His 1660 View of Delft was called "the most beautiful painting in the world" by Marcel Proust.
Henry Ford was not the first to think of a production line
On a clear day, the blocky Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) is visible from afar but today a drizzling rain hides it until the three towering masts of an old wooden ship, the Amsterdam, loom out of the mist.
Crossing to Amsterdam's Jordaan area
I love wandering around Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, formerly a working class area but now, like many such, the home of trendy cafés, boutique bakeries and craft shops.
Amsterdam has its own Central Park
The Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s best-loved green oasis, full of joggers, picnickers, kids running around and friends playing soccer or just lazing on the grass.