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The Cube Houses in Rotterdam

The cube houses in Rotterdam

The Cube Houses in Rotterdam are probably some of the most famous buildings in the Netherlands. Built back in the 1970s, bright yellow houses are attracting people from all over the world. I had a chance to visit one of them last weekend, and have found its architecture to be utterly amazing. So, I researched their history a bit, took some photos of their interior and explored the idea behind them.

SS Rotterdam: Spending a night at the historical ship in Rotterdam

Large historic ship in Rotterdam

SS Rotterdam is a ship that used to sail between the Netherlands and New York, starting from 1959. It’s turned into a hotel – ship today and while staying there, you can explore it and learn about the way it was navigated, or what people were doing during the long journey. I’ve spent a weekend on it with my son, and it was absolutely a highlight of our trip to Rotterdam.

Texel Island’s Legends & some beautiful art inspired by them

illustration showing the texel island lighthouse

A long, long time ago, while the ships were still mostly navigated with paddles and sails, the majority of men living on Texel Island were somehow related to the maritime business. They would wake up early in the morning and spend the whole day in their boats, fishing at sea or repairing them at the shore. This story starts on one of those early cold winter mornings. It was as foggy as it could only get on the islands. And the only person outside of his house was a young man dressed in a thick grey coat, walking alongside the beach. His walk was suddenly interrupted when he tripped over something. That was a wooden board sticking out of the sand. And then, when he turned around himself, he saw the shore was covered entirely with them. Boards, ropes and other parts of the ship. There must have been a shipwreck during the night. Curious as he was, he came closer and noticed a huge chest…

My Private Photo Shoot in Amsterdam

Tea from the Culture Tourist seating in the old street in Amsterdam

Have you ever had a private photo shoot on some of your trips? It’s something I was playing with as an idea for some time already. But, I always felt really uncomfortable and nervous in front of the camera. So, I would always drop the idea in the end. However, recently, I’ve finally booked a private photo shoot in Amsterdam and really loved the whole experience. And it’s something I’m definitely going to do more often when travelling. Photos as a lovely souvenir from your trip I love having some beautiful photos from my trips. They are my favourite souvenir…

Self-guided Tour: Following the Footsteps of Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Tea holding a phone in a city

On the early foggy morning, while the streets of Amsterdam were still quiet and peaceful, two men were carrying a huge mirror. Their heavily breathing was the only sound that could be heard on a canal next to which they were walking. When they were right in the middle of the bridge to Rusland, one of them slipped, dropped the massive mirror and it broke into numerous pieces. After the loud crushing sound, they just looked at each other in disbelief. That was the mirror belonging to the famous painter Rembrandt who was using it for his self-portraits. And his…

2019 The Year of Rembrandt in the Netherlands (events & exhibitions)

De Waag building in Amsterdam

2019 is quite a special year in the art world. We’re celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn’s death. There are still many places related to Rembrandt in the Netherlands that could be seen and visited today. To celebrate a famous Dutch painter, many special exhibitions, events and art tours are going to be organised this year. And here is a list with all of them. Who was Rembrandt? Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the best known Dutch painters. He lived during the most prosperous time of Dutch history, during its Golden Ages. He became famous, very young,…

Best Canal Cruises in Amsterdam

Boats on an canal in Amsterdam

One of the first things coming to anyone’s mind when thinking of Amsterdam are its beautiful canals. There are songs written about them, more than 1,500 bridges crossing them and they are depicted on probably every single postcard from Amsterdam. The best way to explore them is on a boat, so I’ve made here a little guide with the best canal cruises in Amsterdam and some interesting facts about those famous canals. Best Canal Cruises in Amsterdam There are so many different canal cruises in Amsterdam to choose from, it could be hard to pick the best one. However, after…

Creative Workshop in Amsterdam: Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy workshop in Amsterdam - introduction papers

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get more creativity in my every day life. So, I was on a lookout for some creative workshops in Amsterdam lately. And when I learned about the Modern Calligraphy Workshop organised by Oh Pretty Paper, I immediately signed in for it. Art Saturday in Amsterdam Coffee & cake at Back to Black It was the weekend before our trip to Dublin, and Marijan was flying with Karlo to Croatia. So, I had the whole day for myself. I’ve decided to make a creative day in Amsterdam, out of it.…