We’ve done it again! Been away, had a holiday, on the other side of the world! As we set out, we made it to the airport with lots of time, and were joined for dinner by Reginald and Pukeko.
For those of you following along on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that there was enough ice in Amsterdam that our wings froze over and we had to wait two and a half hours before take-off, resulting in a missed connection and an over-night in Dubai. Would you like to know more?
Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and go to the museum. Well, you may not. But I do.
I was determined to go and see the Rijksmuseum library which I keep seeing references to online. So I pulled myself together, put my coat on, and headed out into the wilds of the day! Would you like to know more?
Museum Willet-Holthuysen was originally built as a family residence in 1685-1690. It is located on the beautiful Herengracht (Gentlemans Canal) near the Amstel River, a highly coveted address, and is two property frontages wide.
In a city where property taxes were charged based on the house frontage, this gives you some indication of the wealth of the families who have resided here over the years.
Upon their passing the last owners of the residence, Abraham and Louisa, left the house and it’s large and valuable art collection to the city of Amsterdam. In 1895 it became a museum and a valuable insight into days gone by. Would you like to know more?
The opening ceremonies for Art and About this year kicked off on Friday night. We had been planning on going since seeing it advertised at the Art Gallery when we were there for the Mad Square Exhibit. Until I went to the A&A website I hadn’t realised just how many other venues would be hosting opening event entertainment as well! But we were determined to go to the Cabaret at the Art Gallery.
We started our afternoon in the growing wind and dropping temperatures in Martin Place where there was free music,
amongst the towering buildings
and the historic banks,
with free play-doh for all to enjoy!
When the wind got a bit too much for us, we headed off over the park through darkening twilight
to the Gallery,
which was swarming with people
and set up with some really comfortable looking lounges!
These guys were just incredible, and I wish I could have gotten close enough to get a decent photograph or two! But I am determined to hunt down a CD if it exists!
I don’t know about you, but I love sitting down to watch a show in the lobby of the Art Gallery of NSW and being presented with a man in suspenders.
Especially when it turns out I know him and he recognises me! *grins waves to Black Paul* I know all the best people! Means I can get good photographs for you guys too!
It had been a long day at this point, and though not late, we took this opportunity to farewell our friends and wandered our way back through my picturesque Sydney to a bus stop.
Until next time My Lovelies!
Art After Hours is one of my favourite things to do on a Wednesday night.
We went last week for the first time in months so that we could see the Mad Square Exhibition which is on until November 6th.
The Gallery always puts on a spectacular exhibition, and this was no exception. Taking you through the artistic movement from it’s inception through to the conclusion I found a new appreciation for this era of German art. It was the first time I’ve truly understood an appreciated Kandinsky!
There were no photos allowed in that particular exhibition. But there were no limits in the rest of the gallery (so long as you didn’t use flash).
I thought I might take a moment to share with you a new find
And some of my old favourites!
Art After Hours is on every Wednesday night from 5pm (normal closing time) to 9pm, and well worth the look in. Take some time to browse the weekly program to find out what’s on.
(I’ve just realised Flacco is on tonight!!! *has a fan-girl moment*)