The Netherlands, a blaze of colour
From Rembrandt to Van Gogh, taking in Vermeer and Delft pottery, the Netherlands are a living picture on every street corner. The epitome of diverse pleasures in the cities and in the countryside synonymous with thousands of flowers and quiet landscapes, with their immense harbours and numerous canals criss-crossing the city, the Netherlands are literally flourishing with a whole host of distinctly modern wonders, including art galleries, music venues and particularly music ... of the electronic variety.
Take the museums for example, which are so prolific for such a small country, to the tune of a staggering 500, spread across the four main cities and surrounding areas; in Amsterdam primarily, followed by Rotterdam (the fourth largest port in the world and the entry port of Europe), La Haye (the administrative capital) and last but not least, Ultrecht. And Maastricht must not be overlooked, as the seat of the signature of the European treaty in 1992. A former nation of explorers and merchants (The East India Company), scientists and researchers (anatomy), great painters and currently tourists, the Dutch are open, tolerant, respectful, and have always had to battle with ... the sea, the latter having been their saving grace, and granting the Dutch the great freedom they have today.
From the 40th anniversary of the Van Gogh Museum, to the reopening of Amsterdam’s stunning Rjjksmuseum, the National Museum, further to renovations, not withstanding celebrations to mark 400 years of Dutch canals, 2013 will be the ultimate year to visit the Netherlands. And that’s a fact!
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