Monday, 20 February 2012
leaving Amsterdam again
Last week I visited The Hague (twice) on business (pertaining to legalisation of my daughter's will).
Fine city and it struck me that people appear more courteous than in Amsterdam. The pace there seems a little less hectic.
I had time to go into The Hague Gemeentemuseum (municipal museum) which was showing, among other things, a collection of paintings and drawings by Willem Maris (painter of the 19th-century Hague School).
Simply breathtaking. The light glows from the canvases; they often show huge skies, a few trees, a couple of cows drinking from water in the foreground -- this water also reflecting the billowing clouds and nearby figures. They exude peace and serenity. The visitors walked round silently, as in a cathedral, breathing in the quietness. A wonderful experience. A Dutch master, without doubt.
I also visited my darling granddaughter Yara, who was staying with her Opa while Mum and Dad took a holiday. She is a total joy and we all vote her Miss Super Baby of All Time. It seems as if the world is filled with delight for her. She laughs with gurgling pleasure, infectiously, and smiles and regards all she sees with fascinated concentration.
Well, I could continue, you know how grannies are...
Now I am packing my case, ready to fly back to Fiumicino (Roma) tomorrow and become a sailor-girl again.
Alora, a domani, tutti!