January 2024 - Celebration Issue

A msterdam and Bruges, two charming cities, offering an ideal combination of art, history, and culture. Both cities lure visitors with picturesque canals, stunning architecture, and an abundance of museums and galleries. Here is a glimpse at what you will find in these cultural cities.

JANUARY 26, 2024

Story by Colin White Photographs by Alexi Van Damme

A msterdam is a city that is as rich in history as it is in culture. The Dutch capital offers a feast for the eyes with its remarkable architecture. Most structures date back to the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age. Among the city’s most noteworthy buildings is Het Grashuis, a house with a spectacular facade and stately garden,

located in the Canal Ring district. The fantastic Van Gogh Museum should be at the top of every culture buff’s list of places to visit. Created in honour of the admirable painter, the Van Gogh Museum boasts the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the world, consisting of over 200 works, along with a few by his contemporaries.

B oth Amsterdam and Bruges offer so much that it's hard to choose which city to spend time discovering. Each city offers stunning art and architecture; for that reason, they are genuinely cultural gems. So when you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life, consider a cultural trip through the history of Amsterdam and Bruges. Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is also a legendary cultural site. It's home to an incredible collection of Dutch art representing centuries of culture, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. One must not forget the bustling night life in Amsterdam, with its world famous red light district featuring on most itineraries. Two cities that are a must for anyone traveling to Europe - Alexi Van Damme ” “

European Delight: A Tale Of Two Cities

B ruges is a city that really captures the imagination. Visitors from all over the world flock to this charming city to see architecture that dates back to the Middle Ages. The city's main attraction is the stunning Markt, the central square enclosed by impressive buildings and host to regular weekly

markets throughout the year. In Bruges, it's worth taking a walk along the picturesque canals, which are central to the city's aesthetic. The narrow streets and alleyways offer glimpses of medieval architecture glimpses unique to the city. The Gothic-style Church of Our Lady, boasting a

stunning Madonna and Child statue made by Michelangelo, is another highlight. Another significant site is the Groening museum, displaying a fantastic collection of Flemish Primitive art. The exhibition includes work by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and celebrated landscape painter Jan Brueghel the Younger.




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