Category: 2011

…..the year moves on!

It is with some concern that I post…particularly as I appear to have started a completely new blog in the interim while this blog has lain somewhat fallow. I do have the oddest compulsion to begin blogs…. and then wander off into the distance leaving them somewhat high and dry. It is time now to get back on track, concentrate and of course to reactivate this blog.
The little gem that I would like to share with readers today is the MuseumKaart

This neat little card that can be bought for Eur39.95 allows free access ( or great discounts) on entry to 400 museums across the country for a whole 12 months.  I for one have used this great card to visit some of the great museums that are local to me.
My present all time favourite is the Museum Beelden an Zee – a sculpture museum that is partly underground in Scheveningen…. the setting is brilliant allowing the sounds from the nearby beach to float over into the calm of the museum. Then there are the special exhibitions and collections themselves… including this amazing piece by Man Ray

The sculpture is not very big, however it is stunning.

Another gem and home to many 20th Century masters is the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag , another striking building designed specially for its collection.

The Gemeentemuseum is one of the most important museums in the world for modern art. The museum’s permanent collection contains not only works by Mondrian, but also works by Picasso, Appel and Klee as well as the Dutch landscapes of the Hague School paintings. In addition, the Gemeentemuseum organises dozens of top-notch expositions each year on modern art, decorative art and fashion.

You’ll find the ‘Treasure Rooms’ on the ground floor, containing highlights from the various museum collections such as paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, Toorop, Willink and Appel and the fantastic dollhouse from 1743. In the basement there is a special permanent exhibition for children and teenagers called the ‘Wonderkamers’. ( from

Don’t miss out on the Mauritshuis – home top Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl Earing’.., Vermeer lived an died in nearby Delft…. To find out more about the building and collections check out Wikipedia.

I would recommend everyone to make the best of their time in The Netherlands to buy a Museumkaart and get busy exploring.


Welcome to 2011

A New Year dawns and while not promising to post every day I will be attempting to post weekly at the very least.
This year holds much as I plan my transition to Den Haag on or around January 17th….

Having visited the city now on two occasions I can confirm that it has an amazingly positive vibe and I am looking forward very much to getting under the skin of the city.
My first piece of advice to anyone looking to move to The Netherlands on a permanent basis would be to ensure that you have your important documents ( Birth Certificate, Marriage/Divorce Certificates) apostilled prior to leaving your own country. This is required by the local authority with whom you are required to register for your BSN or SOFI Number within days of your arrival. Also required are your job contract and proof of residence ( rental agreement etc). You will need to set up this meeting at your local Town Hall ahead of time, in addition you should arrange for a meeting with a Dutch Bank in order to set up an account into which your salary will be required to be paid.
I will report on these meetings closer to the time that I attend.