Category: Amsterdam

The Seafood Bar

The Seafood Bar, Amsterdam   We passed the restaurant in the morning near Vondelpark, while walking along Van Baerlestraat towards the Van Gogh Museum. What we could see of the pristine, white tiled interior looked promising, and the empty plastic crates stacked outside boded well, even on a Monday. Returning at lunchtime, we had to […]

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Hockney & Van Gogh, or ‘The Vince and Dave Show’, plus All the Rembrandts

To give the exhibition its official title: “Hockney – Van Gogh, The Joy of Nature”.   It opens with David Hockney on film, talking to camera about his own work, Van Gogh, and the exhibition. “It’s a good title – better than ‘The Vince & Dave Show’,” he says with a mischievous twinkle. Wearing a […]

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Just a quiet Monday night in Amsterdam

Caffè Toscanini, Amsterdam   Arriving early for our reservation, we asked if we could have an aperitif at the bar. I could see we were in safe hands, they stocked all the right brands. I ordered an Americano from the drinks list; equal parts Bèrto Bitter and white vermouth, with a (mere) splash of Fevertree […]

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My round-up of 2018

2018 has been a year that required urgent distractions from the shambles that passed for political debate in Westminster. Fortunately it’s been a good year for adventures: exhibitions, travel, theatre, food & drink. Here are just a few of my personal highlights:   Theatre – behind the scenes at The Bridge In February I wrote […]

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High Society (and King’s Day) in Amsterdam

High Society “High Society” is presented as an exclusive party of just thirty-nine guests, at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – but we are invited in to meet them. The noise level in the gallery rose noticeably during my first visit, like a party as the guests start arriving. And what guests they are; dressed to kill, […]

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Amsterdam, and a Tale of Two Brasseries

I arrived in Amsterdam on a sunny afternoon and checked into my hotel in the lively de Pijp district, close to Museumplein. I hadn’t booked a restaurant for dinner, but had brought some old cuttings with reviews for inspiration; I settled on Dauphine, which looked as if it would be a pleasant half hour stroll, […]

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