Still life paintings: old school food porn

Still life by Floris van Schooten at Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, the Netherlands

During a recent visit with my mom to the excellent Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, it occurred to me that still life paintings are the classic version of what we now call ‘food porn’. Why were our ancestors so keen on depicting food on their canvases? Read on for some background.

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Visiting Japan: some observations and tips

Kawaii Statues on Mount Misen

All Asia, Asia, Japan, Practical | February 11, 2016 | By

If you ever get the chance to go to Japan: fantastic! It is one of my favorite destinations, maybe even the favorite.  Japan is a very diverse country with regards to food, landscape and culture and the people are super friendly and will make you feel welcome. I’ve had the chance to visit Japan twice now in recent years and here I share a few of my observations, hoping it will help you if you’re a first-time visitor, or if you want to reminisce about how wonderful and quirky Japan and its inhabitants are. 

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A local’s guide to cycling in Amsterdam

Bike Love

Cycling in Amsterdam is not for the faint-hearted. With cars (including crazy taxi drivers!), trams, buses and pedestrians criss-crossing town, you have to have eyes in the back of your head to stay safe. Cycling is the best way to get around though, so read on to prepare yourself and you’ll be zipping through Amsterdam in a flash. 

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Trip planning, preparations and practicalities

Ryukyu Air Commuter Okinawa

Practical | January 4, 2016 | By

As a seasoned traveler, I have developed a fool-proof planning strategy that I’d like to share with you. Being a Virgo, I simply love planning! I do tend to go a bit overboard… You don’t have to, but you may find a thing or two in this post useful. 

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