Local Heart, Global Soul

May 22, 2019

The Karaoke Of Costume…

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The next item in the route of the 2017 Sand Sculptures exhibition in Garderen brings up to: Volendam.  The information on the board translates as:

Volendam: Volendam is a picturesque fishing village on the IJsselmeer with characteristic green and white cottages, where the smell of smoked fish is omnipresent and nostalgia and traditional costumes are cherished.

Have you ever had your photograph taken in a traditional Volendam suit or costume?”

I’ve lived here for more than 20 years and No, I haven’t ever gotten around to doing this.

Mind you are the sort of tourist family who like to steer clear of the busier tourist traps, except when it would be silly to miss them, (Tour Eiffel and the like). This is an area where some people wear their traditional costumes on special holiday days, but an ever increasingly fewer of the older generation in places like Volendam, Alkmaar, Makkum, Urk (and others) still wear traditional costume ever day.

When I first arrived in the Hague I used to see some of the elderly Scheveningen ladies in their traditional costume in the supermarket by the harbour; both the supermarket and the ladies are long since gone. It’s nice that visitors can get a little taste of what the national costumes were like and like the Karaoke for clothing, what’s wrong with getting involved, having fun and dressing up?

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May 21, 2019

Relaxing With Music…

The next Sand Sculpture in the Garderen exhibition from 2017 is all about relaxation. I couldn’t find an information board for this one Maybe there wasn’t one, maybe I missed it, who knows? The theme here is clear: relaxing with a guitar, enjoying playing music.

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Now That’s A HUGE Body!

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Another bundle of posts today, all relating to leisure time, recreational activities around the Netherlands.

The first one from the Garderen Sand Sculpture festival is all about museums.

The information board translates as: “Museums”:

‘ The Netherlands has about 700 museums; each with  different theme. Art, history, architecture, education, science, archaeology, technology, transport, communication, war and many more.

Here are a few examples: Corpus with a journey through the human body, Madam Tussauds with its collection of wax statues of famous people and the National Military Museum. An interesting museum for everybody’s taste.”

The Corpus building is in Leiden and fronts onto the (A44) highway, so if you are heading from the Hague to Amsterdam (or Schiphol airport) then you will see the massive figure that is built into the side of the building.

Visitors need to be eight years of age.

Himself and I haven’t been to visit here yet but both of our children have and they said they enjoyed the trip and found it “quite interesting”.

This is maybe high praise coming from teenagers who usually just grunt or mumble something or say “t’was ok” when asked about most things.

They are both bilingual so I have no clue how it is to visit if you don’t speak Dutch: if information boards are in English or not for instance. These are not the things that kids notice but foreign visitors or bloggers do!

I took photographs of the Corpus Sand sculpture from the angles if looks like as you drive past it on the highway.

The Anne Frank museum is a continual visitor favourite, I’d recommend getting there some time before opening time because there are often literal queues around the block.

The “Girl with the Pearl Earing”  (Meisje met de parel”) 1665, is one of the most world-famous paintings by Johannes Vermeer, who is one of the masters in the Dutch Golden Age of painting.

The last photograph depicts the “Rietveld Schröder House”,(Rietveld Schröderhuis) in Utrecht (Prins Hendriklaan) which is located Utrecht at Prins Hendriklaan 50 and is one of the most famous examples of De Stijl- architecture.

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Corpus: A Journey Through The Human Body

Netherlands National Military Museum / Nationaal Militair Museum

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May 20, 2019

Hunebedden… Ancient Burial Monuments.

There are plenty of new things to learn and whilst visiting the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition in 2017. One of these is the word ‘hunebedden’. I’ve heard about tree-hugging before, but ‘rock-hugging’? Actually it translates into English as: “Dolmens, A Dolmen is an ancient burial monument of at least 5000 years old, constructed by the people of the Funnelbeaker culture. Many can be found at the Hondsrug in Drenthe. The ‘Drentse Landschap’ has established a number of bicycle routes along the most beautiful dolmens in their charge.” Wow, and there are tourists who follow these routes especially to visit them all. This is certainly news to me.

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May 19, 2019

Active Out…

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The next sculpture from the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition in 2017 was one called “Active outings”. The text translates as: “Active outings, Laser games, paintball, go-karts, climbing or doing a survival trail, all for those of us who are really active.
Will I keep my clothes dry? Can I climb that high? Are my steering skills better than my competitors’ skills? Am I the best shot?
Just do it and discover your limits
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The piece is more fluid in style so I had a little difficulty to know if the first people art doing winter sports and on the Bob, or are they cyclists? It’s all about getting out and being active.

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May 18, 2019

… Want A Bag With That?

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The last part of the theme  “A daytrip into the city” as part of the Garderen Sand Sculpture in 2017 is very different to the architectural sections that went before it.

This part depicts the typical stereotype of ladies shopping all day, swaths of bags bulging out from every direction.

I have to say that I have never ever shopped like this, probably the fact of working full time for most of my life had a hand in this and also, probably the not so small consideration of lack of funds.

In some ways, Yes I do have the funds, but it’s all about making choices with our money and we prefer to save and travel around the world as much as time and finances allow.

I’d rather not have wardrobes full of shoes (little use they are to me now anyway), or handbags etc.

I could of course go crazy in any shop that stocks art supplies or cooking paraphernalia, but my cooking days are limited these days because can no longer stand for long.

Himself has rather taken over the kitchen, at least for every day family meals.

What is depicted here is certainly a stereotype, the older lady stands with her wrap-a-round sunglasses face raised as if she is looking for “that fashion shop that on a corner fairly near here’.

The younger lady (or is that daughter?) looks either weary,  frustrated, or both.

You ‘see’ the feeling expressed… that her feet hurt, that she would rather be home, soaking in a bubble bath and relaxing.

In comparison. Her companion on the other hand has the expression of an explorer looking into the distance, taking measure of how far they could still go until night-fall (or in this instance, until the shops shut).

This for the lady standing is shopping like a bloodhound on the trail of a bargain. The skill of the sculptor captures the feel and texture of the bags perfectly, and the composition of this entire piece is heavenly from an artists point of view. Looking at it then and now, I have to remind myself constantly  that these bags are rendered from sand. For me it’s a horror story, for someone else it’s a treat. Just imagine how many times they have heard the phrase: Do you want a bag with that?

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Drop The Wheels And Take A Boat…

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Yesterday’s post covered the beautiful buildings found in the centre of many Dutch cities and towns.

The creative artists who brought the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition to life, spent countless hours recreating many of these in detail, delighting the visiting public.

Today’s post was included in yesterdays theme: “A day trip into the city“, but was a separate piece in itself so I’ve given it it’s own space here.

There is also a fourth piece under this theme, it’s will be expanded shortly in the ‘Part Two’ of the posts posted today.

Canals are of course part and parcel of many towns and cities, some historical ones have long since been filled in, the water diverted into other waterways.

The Hague is one city that historically had many canals in the city centre, today few remain because the space was needed for road traffic.

In just a couple of places they have very recently been restored, a big step forward in my opinion. In centuries past, livestock, wheat and flour, fresh produce, fish, coal, wood, wool, wine, beer and articles for the making of items and then their export were delivered by small boats via the canal system. In Utrecht for instance it has proved more efficient to transfer the job  collecting central city refuse with canal boats because the trucks they used previously kept getting stuck in the narrow winding streets.  The eye is drawn into this sculpture, there is more detail than you first expect and I love the way they have depicted the bridge.

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May 17, 2019

Looking In The Windows…

My second post in this two-parter today is all about the detail of the buildings depicted in “A daytrip into the city”. These are mostly for my architectural detail files, but also for me to drool over the sheer attention to detail that goes into these pieces.

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To The Heart Of The City…

Regular readers will know that I adore architectural detail, especially the decorative elements of old buildings. These were the builders who knew a thing or two about the minutiae of every detail, and appreciated the minutiae of each of the elements. In other words, these were people after my own heart. The buildings depicted here are some of oldest and most famous in the Dutch city shoping centers and high streets. The Information board reads:

A daytrip into the city’, “Sauntering under old gables, a cappuccino at an outdoor café, shop till you drop, a boat trip and picking up pieces of the city’s history. Going out for lunch or dinner, or both? Visit a museum, art gallery or theatre, a nice tram ride… Each city has its own character and sights, venture out and discover it all yourself…”

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May 16, 2019

Playground Games…

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Still posting about the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, I’m posting two posts today.

This one is all about children, their love of outdoor activities and the importance of play.

The Information board translates as: ‘To the playground’, “A happy event for all children! It’s great to climb, scramble, swing and slide. Romping around and when you’re tired, just before heading home, an ice cream…

It’s certainly true of our two children, who had energy to burn.

Himself was the stay-at-home parent whilst our kids were young, I worked full time outside the home. Himself was, in the kids opinion, a lot better than me at playing football and had more puff when it came to running around, chasing games of tag.

I have severe asthma so that’s not a surprise, I hope they remember all the occasions when I tried, puffing and wheezing after five or ten minutes and begging for mercy, and leading them to something less physically taxing, like the swings. I did take part in other kid activities though, baking and icing biscuits (cookies)and getting very messy with glue, glitter, paper and the like. This sand piece is of course all about outside activates like hide and seek, slides, and the climbing frame. Funnily enough there will probably always be that one kid not taking part, preferring to sit somewhere and eat something.

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