Highlights from today:
Dutch Art History field trip to the Hague.
After one month of travel you’d imagine we could all catch trains and find our way around a small town to travel together (all 20 some-odd art history students), not so much. We did a lot of sitting and waiting, but most of this waiting involved coffee, so I was happy.
Vermeer! Girl with a Pearl Earring, a few Rembrandts, View of Delft, very very Dutch. The building itself was B-e-a-utiful! Old house transformed into a museum, best integration ever.
Cute sandwich shop, coffee shops everywhere! The streets of The Hague are adorable narrow cobblestone, buildings are old and quaint, half the store are “interiors;” interior decorating stores.
2nd Museum: Panoram by Hendrik Willem Mesdag
The panorama itself was bizarre but amazing. Up a small spiral staircase we entered a large circular room with natural skylight in a sort of observation tower. In this giant cylinder Mesdag, his wife, and some assistants painted a seascape with dunes and a small fishing village as it was then in 1880. The painting measures 395 feet in circumference, it’s 46 feet high and covers a surface of over 18,000 square feet. 13 meters? between the viewing area and the painting on all sides is filled in with sand, furthering the impression that we were actually transported to the beach more than a century ago. I couldn’t take pictures, but this site shows the panorama very very slowly….
First time I’ve really thoroughly enjoyed, not just appreciated, impressionism. Partially because I’m a little bit sick and it was relaxing, not mentally demanding.
Coffee (red tea) at Douwe Egberts+chocolate pecan pie=heaven for a sore throat.
Used bookstore. Happy Place. Ran into my Art History professor here, he scared the living daylights out of me. Realized that my obsession with old books is only as novice, I can find OLD books in Europe! Eeeeee!
Logan cooked us dinner 🙂 Yay s’getti.
I’m eating an avacado!!!!!!!!!
oh how I miss them.
And “authentic Mexican” tortilla chips from Belgium aren’t that terribly bad.
Going to Haarlem tomorrow!