Posts Tagged‘The Netherlands’

The best souvenirs from Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal

There is a souvenir shop on every corner in Amsterdam. However, finding the right souvenir from Dutch capital, is quite a hard task. Something produced in the Netherlands, meaningful and with a story related to it. After buying presents and souvenirs in Amsterdam for my friends and family for around five years now, here is my list of the best souvenirs from Amsterdam. The best souvenirs from Amsterdam #1 – Dutch food In my opinion, food is the best souvenir from any place you’re visiting. It’s giving you the best taste of the country and it won’t be collecting dust in…

Colouring Postcards ‘Dutch Symbols’

Colouring Postcards Dutch symbols

As you already know, here in the Culture Tourist we’re all about combining art and travel together. About getting the right experiences when you’re travelling, learning about local art and culture. A part that’s quite important to me when travelling is getting the right souvenir back home with me. Something that’s locally produced, that has a meaning and a connection with a destination. That’s why I’ve started designing these colouring postcards. So you can learn about local tradition and culture through a nice souvenir you can send to your friends and family or just keep to yourself. Dutch Symbols The…

Local Artist’s City Guide: Eindhoven

In this second edition of Local Artist’s City Guide we’re featuring Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Marieke Vonk is a lovely Dutch designer and artist who creates wonderful paper art and illustrations. She shared with us some of must see places in Eindhoven, her home town. So, be sure to check out her recommendations before your trip there! Eindhoven City Guide #1 – What is your name & what do you do? I’m Marieke Vonk, a 29-year-old artist and graphic designer based in Eindhoven. I make abstract paper collages and am working on a series of fragile silhouettes. #2 – How…

10 things you shouldn’t miss in Maastricht (the Netherlands)

Bridge across the river Maas in Maastricht, Netherlands

Maastricht is one of my favourite cities in the Netherlands. It’s also a Dutch city which looks the least Dutch. It’s at the border with Germany and Belgium and it’s architecture, culture and cuisine are very much influenced by its neighbours. However, it’s also a great place for a weekend break. So, here is my selection of 10 things you shouldn’t miss in Maastricht. 10 things you shouldn’t miss in Maastricht #1 – Basilica of Our Lady Basilica of Our Lady is a beautiful Medieval church which looks a bit like a fortress. The reason is in a massive westwork…

Christmas Markets in the Netherlands – with 2017 Agenda

Santa Claus sculpture on Christmas market in Maastricht

The blog post about the Christmas markets in the Netherlands was quite a hit last year. So, I thought I should update it with the 2017 agenda. There are going to be so many events organized during the December in the Netherlands. From the vintage Christmas market that will transfer you back to the beginning of the 20th Century. To some located in the castles or even in the underground caves. There is an ice skating rink in almost every city, with many Christmas concerts, Santa’s visits and shopping opportunities for a nice and unique Christmas presents. Christmas Markets in…

Monet’s postcards

Travel is inspirational in so many ways. But, when you’re an artist it could be transferred into a beautiful pieces of art, too. So many great poems and stories were written about travel. So many beautiful paintings were inspired by it, as well. I’ve chosen here a few paintings a famous Impressionist Claude Monet made during some of his travels. Some of them really made a beautiful postcards. Monet’s postcards French painter Claude Monet travelled a lot around the Europe. He was one of the first painters that started painting outside of his studio. So, of course, he made many paintings…