no one can ever duplicate this, or do as well . . . .
we started off, as only one can do, should do, in amsterdam with a toastie brekky,
in our case, at Koosjie Cafe.
thus fortified, then we went around the corner to the Hermitage Annex Museum . . .
tho'truth to tell, Mrs and I love this annex more than the Hermitage itself . . .
the building is more modern and they take better care of the art.
hermitage annex exhibit of Guagain, Bonnard, & Denis . . . never mind them . . .
Eugene Carriere http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Eug%C3%A8ne_Carri%C3%A8re caught our eye . .. a style Liz reminded us is called tonality . . . that wikipedia entry has the picture "Woman leaning on a table".
then a free nooner concert at the National Theatre of a shortened version of ten Holt's Canto Ostinato . . . . wow . . .
The composer created over a hundred small cells called 'sections' of a few bars, which can be played ad libitum and be repeated either one or many more times (some bridges excepted). Because of this build-up, performance may take from some two hours to more than a day. we heard it with 2 marimbas & a harp . . . it's like very emotional Philip Glass.
then Kathy went to work for the afternoon, and we three went to lunch at the Cobra Cafe on Museumplein (named for the cobra (Copenhagen, Brussels , Amsterdam) school of art -- e.g. Appel & Corneille) for some split pea soup & bock beir,
Penne Pasta for Bitsy
but SplitPea Soup for Mrs & Me . . . tick . . .
then on to the Van Gogh museum, which we have seen about 6 times, but Liz hasn't, so it was fun to go and see her take on such familiarities . . .
then we walked home along some very fashionable streets so liz could take photos . . . one street near the museumplein is all galleries and uber-fashionable restaurants . . . one gallery had a barnfull of picassos . . . unbelievable . .. then another has some kees van dongens . .. .
mrs found a new champange store on kerkstraat, not to far from kathys house. nice.