Photo session in Amsterdam – second part

This week is a very busy one for me because I have to move from a flat to another (better, nicer, with a splendid view of Madrid). The new flat has no internet access (yet), BUT, I will keep this blog alive like nothing happened (I’ll upload photos, I’ll write posts and answer comments from a Starbucks sofa, don’t worry). Meantime I have to pack all my boots and shoes, all my clothes and this is a very challenging issue 🙂 Another good thing about the new apartment is that it has much more space for my stuffs. This week I’ll post some photos from this apartment and, if the weather is good, from its terrace.

Let’s get back to the actual post. It’s the second part of the Photo session in Amsterdam older post. Enjoy the views and, you already know, click on the pictures to see the full-size detail.

 

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Madurodam. 1:25. First part.

This is the ratio between the real buildings and the copies from this miniaturist city near Hague. In fact, the buildings in Madorodam (this is the name of the small toy town) are all copies 25 times smaller than the real building from around Holland. Everything in Madurodam respect this ratio. 1:25. If you’re in Hague you must have a trip to Madurodam, it’s something unique. You’ll see in the pictures what a thoroughly work was made with the small buildings…it’s amazing! And all the vehicles, boats and even airplanes that are moving around the emblematic buildings, everything is stunning! It’s a heaven for the children, but also for the adults… I ignored the falling rain and walked by the alleys in this fantastic town.

Some statistics about Madurodam:

– miniature town surface area: 18,000 square meters
– inhabitants: 66,000
– cars and trucks: 4,542
– kilometers per year per car: 14,000
– kilometers per year per train: 16,000
– trains: 13
– trams: 5
– rail and tram tracks: 4,250 meters
– aircrafts: 15
– number of cases in baggage system: 500
– miniature trees: 5,236
– flower bulbs: 30,000
– lights in the miniature town: 50,000
– railway sleepers: 80,000
– ships: 40

 

Some other interesting facts:

Madurodam is not only an amusement park or exhibition; it is also a war memorial. Opened in 1952 to commemorate war hero and resistance fighter George Maduro who died on 9 February 1945 in the Dachau concentration camp. The parents of George Maduro financed the miniature town, intending to donate the profits to a good cause: The Students Sanatorium. To the present day the Stichting Madurodam Steunfonds supports charities related to young people .

Queen Beatrix was the first mayor of Madurodam. She held the post from the opening until her coronation in 1980. Queen Beatrix is currently the patroness of Madurodam. Since 1980, a new mayor has been chosen each year by the young municipal council of Madurodam, which consists of 22 secondary school students from The Hague.

 

I hope I raised curiosity in you to go and visit the wonderful city of Madurodam. Now, the photos. Click on them to see the full size, it worths!!!! I took so many pictures that I’m forced to split this post in two parts. Enjoy.

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Madurodam. 1:25. Second part.

The second part, as a continuation of the first part, contains only photos. Again, you can click on them to see the full size of the photos. It’s worthing the effort!!! By the way, don’t stare too much at me…it was an awful rain and I was so enthusiastic with the miniature city that I walk for more than 30-40 minutes in the full rain to see the streets and buildings of Madurodam. This was not a fashion session 😀

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My new fragrance

First, I discovered the Escada’s Moon Sparkle perfume. I was addicted for a while and then I switch to a peach and vanilla fragrance from Sephora (“Les Senteur Gourmandes” series). Now I returned to my first love: Escada.

Taj Sunset is Escada’s perfume, limited edition for 2011. Exotic, juicy and summery as always, Escada Taj Sunset opens with notes of Alphonso mango, nectarine and blood orange. The heart features aquatic flowers with raspberry and pomarosa or Malay apple. The base consists of coconut, sandalwood and musk.

The signature bottle is decorated with lotus blossom engraved on the back. The box is designed in the trendy Indian style.

It is available since February 2011 as EDT of 30, 50 and 100 ml, shower gel and the body lotion. I use it alternatively with my Pimkie’s parfumes Tender Romance and Sweet Love and Mango from Monogotas.

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House of BOLS

History of the Bols company:

For many people that are passionately into cocktails and liqueurs, Lucas Bols is a strong reference name. The Bols family took celebrity in the Dutch Golden Age, when the colonial power of Netherlands was at a climax. The Dutch East India Company, of which Lucas Bols was a major shareholder, brought exotic herbs, spices and fruits back to Amsterdam, and these were used to create new liqueurs and genevers. Many of the recipes from that period, such as Blue Curaçao and Crème de cacao, remain popular to this day. During the 18th century, the Bols family became a very prosperous dynasty, but found itself becoming more and more detached from the day to day operation of the distillery. After selling the company, Bols name was kept. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Bols was bought and sold, so it had many other temporary owners. After the company was bought by Rémy Cointreau, in 2000, a lot of improvements were made and the business profit increased. Since 2006, the company is owned 75% by the investment fund ABN AMRO Capital and 25% by a management group led by Mr. Huub van Doorne (a former member of Rémy Cointreau’s Management Board).

 

The museum:

It’s a must-visit if you’re in Amsterdam. Bols has constructed a “brand experience” in Amsterdam, which includes not only a traditional museum of the history of the brand, its manufacturing methods and ingredients, but also various interactive exhibits which involve the visitor and engage the senses. You can even practice flair bartending. From their website:

“Visit the The Hall of Taste for a surprising taste experiment. Taste with your eyes, hands and even your nose! And for anyone who wants to know more about the art of flair bartending, there is the Flair Booth where you can practice your juggling skills.”

“When you have reached the end of your tour, finish it in style. In the Mirror bar our bartender awaits you with a complimentary cocktail. Professionally mixed and in the flavor of your choice. And do you want to improve your mixing skills even further? In the House of Bols Shop you can find a fully equipped bartender toolkit!”

Now look at the photos I took and tell me if I convinced you. At the end of this post you’ll find also two short movies, one of the circular projection room and one from the bartenders hall. Enjoy!

The entrance:

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The history wall:

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Some of their awards and tools (old and new):

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Click and read the entire article. It’s very interesting!!!

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Do you know Delft ?

Do you know the blue ceramics from Delft ? Easy to recognize the “Delft style” by the blue color and the full loaded pattern of some plates, cups and teapots. The reality now is that almost every of the “Delft style” ceramics are made in China, but the manufacture of Delft still exists and creates exclusive ceramics for those who appreciate the original, the traditional. I made a short visit to the Delft ceramics factory. It’s a file of a beautiful history.

Then I visited the city center (not too much because of the rain), which reminds me the buildings of Salamanca, another old medieval town from Spain. Too bad the weather was so bad…but after the lunch (which, you can see in two pictures, was composed by a huge pancake with apple, ginger and cinnamon) I would rather sleep a little not walk in the rain…

The last two pictures are of a special very old building that you can find the same way in the picture “Views of Delfts” (Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter born and baptized in Delft in the 17th century). Enjoy.

In the shop of the Delft’s ceramic factory:

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Photo session in Amsterdam – first part

A sunny day in Holland should not be wasted, so there is my first photo session on Herengracht Canal (the “Lords Canal”) in the heart of Amsterdam, near Rembrandt’s Plein. My outfit is composed to match the contemporary dutch girls style of dressing, even on the bicycle. Don’t pay attention to the cigarettes that were on the sidewalk, the session took place in a part of the city that is packed with coffee shops (places where ppl can legally smoke weed) and it was after a Friday night, so you can imagine the morning views, hihi.

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