I have been thinking Holland has only tulip and rural area. But it's obviously wrong. That culture was highly advanced. For example, Gogh, Rembrant, Vermeer and Concertgebouw, etc. I like Gogh's works. They are painted by short lines, not dots. So I feel strength ,passion on them. Also I like bright paintings in his French years. One of famous "Sunflower" here was weak impression than I expected. I have seen the other "Sunflower" in Tokyo that a insurance company bought before. It was painted by heaping up much amount of paints, especially the core of a sunflower. I felt it grotesque. It's painted one or two years before he killed himself.
|"Cafe Terras aan Het Place du Forum" by Gogh at Rijksmuseum Kroler -Muller|
During intermission, we had a drink among tall people. They all were about 20 or 30 centimeters taller than I.
I have heard average height of the Dutch is the tallest in the world. That's true.
|before the performance|
|Concertgebouw--there was a harp on the roof|
Bicycles are used on commuting. In Amsterdam, there were roads for bicycle,car,tram and walk. As they mix, it's dangerous for a careless foreigner like me. Almost those bicycle commuters run with terrible speed in town.
|a road and a bridge is going up---this is a bascule bridge. When a big ship pass through under a bridge, the bridge is open and close.|
And thousands of canals are in all directions, canal buses ply. I didn't know there were so many canals in Amsterdam. Canals taught me again that the land of the Holland is low. When we went though under a bridge at dusk by a canal buss, I saw silhouette of many bicycles and lovers on a bridge in the sunset, and I felt usual daily life of this town.
|from a canal bus|
|canal of Amsterdam|
|commuters on the bicycle|
And we found the restaurant at last and ate some white asparagus that harvest is just now and herring Duch like very much. White asparagus were boiled quickly and they were crisp and tasty. I have eaten canned white asparagus but taste was different. Also the raw herring were put on the tiny cube red beet that are spread on the things like canape. Taste was average for me.
Tulip climax are limited in this season.----Het Keukenhof.
The park is so large. It takes for 20 minutes from side to side of the park by quick walk. Many kind of color or shape tulip are planted among pale green trees or streams. They continued and we were overpowered with beauty of the scene. Also magnificent tulip field like a large carpet expanded outside the park.
|Het Keukenhof---visitors from all over the world are coming.|
|outside of the park---tulip fields expands|
World heritage site-----Kinderdijk
Windmills were lining on the bank along the canals. Land here is lower than sea level so I felt water and land occupy on a fifty-fifty basis,and blue of water and sky was bright and spacious. This became one of my favorite view.
|Kinderdijk---19 windmills are lining--World heritage Site|
They are usually painted by blue color but there were variations. Indeed I was surprised because I discovered the same big plate that are decorated in my house. I got it from the late father-in-law a long ago and I have been thinking it's Spanish plate. As he liked to collect potteries he might have got it here.
Speaking to encounter, we accidentally met husband's friend and his wife at St.Baafskathedraal (cathedral) in Gent, Belgium.They are living in Nara city but I've never met them in Nara.
|Delft pottery in my house|
In Belgium, chocolate,beer, blue mussel etc are delicious. The combination of guild houses and canals were very beautiful in Brugge or Gent.
|Villeroy &Boch--in Luxembourge|
|flower market of Aalsmeer|
|Amsterdam station under construction|
|Amsterdam from a canal boat|
|National museum at Amsterdam|
|Grand Place in Bruxelles|
|Brugge from a canal boat|