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.
Amsterdam and the art of casual biking
On a weekday morning, I watch the city of Amsterdam go to and from work. By bike, obviously. There is no breed apart of anarchic, sporty types in tight lycra, as in so many other western cities.
This Dutch capital of music should be on your radar
The Hague’s roots as a music city can be traced to 1961 and the birth of rock band Golden Earring, whose Radar Love was an international hit.