Category Holland

Saturday, May 25: Returning to Boston

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Early Morning departure from the hotel to Schiphol Airport to catch our return flights through Frankfurt on Lufthansa. After the splendors of art, music, chocolate, beer, and other wonders, we returned well sated from the Low Countries!

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Friday, May 24: The Hague and Concertgebouw

View of Dutch Parliament, the Binnenhof

We took the train to The Hague, for a visit of the Gemeente Museum, with its impressive collection of Piet Mondrian paintings, and the temporary installment of the Mauritshuis Royal Art Collection, while the usual building is being restored and expanded. Afterwards, the clouds parted for a visit to the Dutch Parliament in the Binnenhof with its impressive medieval Ridderzaal. Later that evening, some students were able to hear the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons (the new director of the BSO) perform Richard Wagner’s Flying Dutchman.

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Thursday, May 23: Art and Culture in Amsterdam

Statues of Rembrandt and the Night Watch

The morning and afternoon were dedicated to two spectacular and only recently reopened museums: the Rijksmuseum, with its unsurpassed collection of Dutch Old Masters, and the Van Gogh Museum. That evening, we enjoyed a traditional Indonesian Rijsttafel at Indrapura, recently visited by Celine Dion and the new King of Holland, Willem Alexander. We enjoyed the statue of Rembrandt and the recreation of the Nights Watch in the square outside.

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Wednesday, May 22: Golden Age of Amsterdam

The Amsterdam, a VOC East Indiaman by the Maritime Museum

A visit to the monumental Portuguese Synagogue, the largest Jewish building in the seventeenth century, that also withstood Nazi occupation during World War II. We enjoyed an impressive visit of the Rembrandt House, including a spectacular collection of original drawings and etchings, as well as a demonstration of etching production in the printing room used by Rembrandt. We then walked to the extraordinary Maritime Museum, with a visit of an authentic reproduction of a Dutch East Indiaman, the “Amsterdam.” That afternoon, we enjoyed a tour of the spectacular canals of Amsterdam, ‘the Venice of the North.’

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Tuesday, May 21: Hidden Amsterdam

RoyalPalaceInterior

After acquiring our Museum Passes, we visited the clandestine Catholic Church of ‘Our Lord in the Attic,’ a vivid testimony to the toleration of the Dutch. We then returned to Dam Square for a visit of the impressive Baroque Town Hall, now the Royal Palace. During the afternoon, some visited the Amsterdam City Museum and Beguinage, while others visited the Anne Frank House.

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Monday, May 20: Delft and Amsterdam

The Tomb of William the Silent in the Old Church of Delft

We left Flanders and Belgium for Holland, with a visit in the town of Delft, famous for its pottery and tiles, and for the painter Jan Vermeer, and we visited the Vermeer Centrum while there. We also viewed the New and Old Church, with its tombs of William the Silent, the House of Orange, and Hugo Grotius. We arrived in the early evening in Amsterdam to our Hampshire Hotel Lancaster, located near the Zoo and had time for an orientation walk to the Dam Square.

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