have taken over and I don't seem to be able to catch up with what I normally do. We set out to have a long, relaxing weekend from 5 - 8 May in the Netherlands. I had managed to get tickets for the very last day of the Hieronymus Bosch exhibition in 's Hertogenbosch, with entry between 6-7 a.m. on Sunday 8 May! Due to the pressure on the tickets they opened the museum for night visits during the last two weeks, and it was opened from Saturday morning to Sunday evening at 1 in the night during the last weekend!
|Canal life in Alkmaar. Here you take the boat for a day in the town!|
one available room in the whole area, maybe not even in the whole of the country! May 5 turns out to be "Liberation day" in the Netherlands, and being in connection with the Ascension day, it seems that all Dutch people were somewhere else but home!
However, we enjoyed strolling around both cities. Alkmaar is famous for being under siege by the Spanish forces in 1573. The siege and the following victory was a turning point for the Dutch in the Eighty Years War and still today the event is celebrated in Alkmaar on 8 October. It has also generated the expression Bij Akmaar begint de victorie (Victory begins at Alkmaar). The canals were full of boats this day, and people were anchored by the piers and had parties on board. Looked very tempting indeed.
|Like Venice some of the houses are situated on the water!|
|One of the many beautiful houses in Hoorn|
|The Thai restaurant and its hidden garden|
Sunday morning we had to get up at 5 a.m. Maybe, I will get used to these early mornings? Took the car and drove in to 's Hertogenbosch, found a parking and walked over to the museum. There had been activities during the whole night and they were still going on when we arrived. Music and performances of different kinds. The exhibition was fantastic. I did not know about Bosch before I had word of the exhibition, so it was a very positive surprise. Amazing paintings and drawings, some of them rather weird, but so well done. You wonder how he was allowed to paint like that in those days. But most of it is what happens to you in the afterworld, paradise or hell! To make people afraid the scenes from hell were rather scary! Even today, when we have a different attitude to religion, I thought it was scary and I can imagine what it did to people in those days!
|The fantastic cathedral in 's Hertogenbosch in which shadow|
we had our Egg Benedictine breakfast with a wonderful Cappucino!
No rest for the wicked! I went to Liège with a friend, a couple of days later, to check out an exhibition of the works of Salvador Dali. Another very good and interesting exhibition. I did not know so much about him, but am full of admiration for his multi talented art, which seems to cover almost all areas; painting, drawing, books, films, theatres, design of furniture and clothes etc.
|One of Salvador Dali's famous clocks|
|Our new chest of drawers|