dec 22, 2016
Most of the collections of the world's greatest museums linger in storage, unseen, appreciated, often forgotten. A public art depot in Rotterdam may change all that. Where do you go to the see the world’s finest art? One would think to leading museums such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Almost right. Five percent right, to be exactly, since… Read more...
nov 09, 2016
How would you react if a spaceship landed in your backyard spilling a crowd of Martians? Surprised, to say the least. That is what the reaction must have been of the Polynesian inhabitants of Easter Island when, in 1722, three Indiaman ships appeared at their shore. The Eastern Islanders had lived for hundreds of years on their tiny, completely isolated island in the absolute conviction that they… Read more...
sept 01, 2016
The popularity ratings of the Dutch monarchy are the envy of every president worldwide. Traditionally around 80% during the reigns of Queen Juliana (1948-1980) and Queen Beatrix (1980-2013) it has waned somewhat under the still relatively inexperienced King William Alexander to around 65% in the face of seeming improprieties by Willem Alexander and other members of the royal family during the… Read more...
dec 10, 2014
It took almost ten years and one billion dollars to complete the mega project that is Rotterdam's overhauled Central Station. Now tourists walk at a leisurely gait across the vast esplanade in front of the recently overhauled Central Station, soaking up the sunshine. Occasionally they are pausing to make snapshots or to admire the huge inverted V of the roof over the station’s main concourse… Read more...