🎂Earlier i associated my B-day with the first election of Putin on 26 March in 2000. Now I've learned more about this day. Yesterday I read the article on bbc.uk that a team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis🤷
🎂Раньше свой день рождения я ассоциировала с первыми выборами Путина, которые прошли 26 марта в 2000 году. А теперь у меня появился ещё один повод для ассоциации. Вчера прочитала статью на bbc.uk, что в этот день в 2018 году в Америке хирурги провели первую успешную трансплантацию мужского полового органа🤷
One of the replicas of Rembrandt's Night Watch was reproduced on 480 tiles at Royal Delft.
In 1999, the two best artists of the factory, Nico de Graaf and Jos van der Giessen, painted simultaneously from the left and right sides, and they met at the center. It took about a year to complete the work. The difficulty was that they only used black to paint the tiles. Once it was fired at 1200 degrees Celsius, the black paint turned into traditional Delft Blue.
It is said the "Delft" Rembrandt was sold for €200.000 and then given to the museum on loan to display to the public.
Up to 30 June 2019, you can see this masterpiece on the exhibition Glorious Delft Blue at Royal Delft and thereafter on the permanent display at Royal Delft.
(Rotterdamseweg 196, DELFT)
On April 17, on Prinsengracht you can exchange leftover or over-ripe bananas for banana bread.
In this way, Amsterdam banana bread startup SUNT hopes to draw attention to food waste. Bananas are on top of the list of the world's most thrown away product - 75 billion are thrown away every year.
On average, each person in the Netherlands throw away about 41 kg of food every year. Worldwide, it is about 1.3 billion tons per year.
The Banana Bar pop-up will be on Prinsengracht 715 in Amsterdam on April 17th, 10:30 to 19.00
(Pic. - East Indian Market Stall in Batavia, Albert Eckhout (attributed to), 1640 - 1666)
The oldest Amsterdam's tower the Schreierstoren, or Weepers Tower, (just 5 minutes walk from the Central Station) was built around 1487.
On April 1609, the navigator Henry Hudson left here on a voyage to discover a short route to Asia through the Arctic Ocean by the sailing ship Half Moon. (You can find the plaque in the tower northeast wall commemorated that fact.) Storms forced him to turn out of the way. He sailed up a great river which was later named after him by the Hudson River. In a few years, a city of New Amsterdam, later renamed New York, was established on this place.
Two years later, the life of the navigator tragically ended. Sailors on his boat revolted and left Hudson, his son and seven other men adrift in a small open lifeboat. Since then, no more was ever heard of Hudson. It happened in Hudson Bay, a large body of water in northeastern Canada, which was discovered by the navigator and named after him.
Ironically, centuries later, in 2017, Henry Hudson returned to the Netherlands in the name of 20 Hudson’s Bay stores opened across the country. (Gezicht op de Schreierstoren vanaf het IJ, Willem Writs, 1770, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam;
Full-scale replica of Henry Hudson's sailing ship Half Moon in New York Harbor, 1909. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)
You still have time to visit St Bavo cathedral in Haarlem covered in hundreds of white flowers. However, if you don’t like the lily’s fragrance it might be not such a pleasure for you 😜 (Open till 13th of April. Find more details here: https://denieuwebavobloeit.com)
It is hard to believe, but even in the middle of the last century, it didn't even occur to anyone in the Netherlands that a married woman could work. Marriage laws humiliated all women regardless of rank or class. Once married, Dutch women in government service were fired, they had nothing to say about their money and children. It was forbidden by law to perform financial or legal acts without a husband’s approval. For example, a woman could not open a bank account without her husband's permission. If she inherited the house or farm from her parents, only her spouse could manage the property, he could sell it without his wife’s consent. The only freedom a woman had was that she was allowed to go shopping on her own.
The struggle for the women's equality began in the late 19th century, but the law allowed married women to work came into effect only on in 1957. (Huisselijke bezigheden, Glenisson & Zonen, 1856 - 1900, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
Our CEO, Sunny Flaneur, wears a bow tie during working hours. #flaneur_sunny
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In the days of Rembrandt, mills served as a means of communication. Long before WhatsApp era, millers could send messages ✉️ by setting the blades in different positions. The upright position (as in the first picture) meant that the miller would be back soon. It was risky to leave the blade in vertical position for a long time, since it could be hitted by lightning. The diagonal position (swipe left) was more secure and could mean a long break in work. There were special positions announced the news in a miller’s family - wedding, new baby or funeral.
Mills also communicated messages during
World War II, warning the locals of Nazi raids. (Landschap met huisjes en windmolen, Jan Hulswit, 1776 - 1822; De molen bij Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael, ca. 1668 - ca. 1670, Rijksmuseum)
Stroopwafels, also known as Dutch waffle (crisp waffles with caramel filling), you can not only eat but also drink. Van Meers Stroopwafel Liqueur, which won a gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, has notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and cinnamon. It's nice to drink it as a shot, mixed in tea, coffee or use as topping on a dessert. It is 14.7% and available in 50ml, 350ml, 700ml, 1L.
And yes! It really tastes like famous Dutch cookies.
Isn’t it a perfect Dutch present or a way to treat yourself?
Tulips’ breeders never care about the flowers scent.🌷 It just doesn't matter. Unlike the color, the shape of the petals or the length of the stem, the smell is left to the discretion of nature. What should happen, will happen. And all because all over the world it does not affect the prices of flowers and bubbles. And what about you, do you smell the #tulips when you buy them? Photo by @eprev
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Date: 27 April 2019, Netherlands
The biggest day in The Netherlands, on King's Day the entire country comes alive with pride and gives everyone a chance to celebrate all things Dutch. The great climate also makes for ideal conditions for a massive, country-wide flea market you have to see to believe.
Swipe left for a time journey!
Once there were swamps, then a canal through which merchant ships entered the city directly. Only after the Central Station was erected, the street turned into the the present-day Damrak - the avenue running between Amsterdam Centraal and Dam Square. Photo by @eprev
Jacob van Ruisdael, View of the Dam and the Damrak in Amsterdam, c. 1672 - 1675, Mauritshuis, The Hague
More than 15 000 trees in the Netherlands are considered national monuments. Trees 🌲🌳of national importance, according to the Foundation of Trees, have a high age, strong roots💪, special beauty, and bright foliage🍀. Dutch laws prohibit the cutting of any trees. A fine could amount to thousands of euros.
Monumental trees can be found on the map https://bomen.meetnetportaal.nl
And all the trees of Amsterdam can be found at https://maps.amsterdam.nl/bomen/
Each plant is counted. The city grows 265.236 trees. Top 3 most common species in Amsterdam are elm, maple, and linden. The oldest tree is over 200 years old (it is an oak tree in Artis Zoo, next to the chimpanzees). Photo by @eprev
For 14 centuries, up until 1380, herring 🐟 was considered food for beggars. It had a bitter taste, and when cooked, became tough and inedible. Things changed when in 1380 the fisherman Willem Beukelszoon through a cut in the throat removed the gills and part of the gullet. It is believed that he salted and packed the first hundred gutted herring into the barrel. And in a few days got a delicacy. So began the herring boom. This process that is accredited as the invention is known as the gibbing process. Ultimately, a small idea of a simple fisherman led to the Dutch monopoly in the global herring market.
Willem Beukelszoon, uitvinder van het haringkaken, ca. 1380, Hilmar Johannes Backer, 1821, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam