Touring the north of Holland

I spent several days touring the small towns and larger cities in the north of the Netherlands, running across art wherever I went.  The Dutch invest heavily in the arts as a country and integrate it into their homes and public spaces.  In a small, historic town of Appingdam (known for hanging the kitchens out over the canals) I enjoyed a special exhibition of Groningen province artists.

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Image Jan van den Zee’s winter landscape – “Emmenshaven” (1943)

Image Image Two rural scenes by Johan Dijkstra.

I spent one night in a small B&B next to an old windmill, then got a great deal on a room in a former manor house, Havixhorst, that was also hosting an outdoor sculpture exhibit.  The fable got a bit crossed with the Duck That Laid the Golden Egg in the entrance topiary garden.

 

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