Van Gogh Tour

16 May 2011 by fabdestin, 13 Comments »

After renting a bike in Amsterdam and nearly dying a few too many times (bike traffic does not mix with lost tourists), I was loving this leisurely Sunday stroll through Nuenen, near Eindhoven. Van Gogh here lived here for two years, and it’s where one of his most famous early-works, the Potato Eaters, was painted. I have followed Van Gogh through Auvers-sur-Oise, where he died, and in the south of France in Arles and St. Remy (where he chopped off his ear!), so I was excited to see some of his young-life inspiration. We took a little tour of his village by bike.

Above is the house where the Potato Eaters was painted! The sun was shining and I couldn’t get enough of this little village. We stopped in a cute little park and got ice cream. Everyone was out and about enjoying the beautiful day.

I even got to see a water mill; a staple of dutch culture! I love how the dutch take care to preserve traditions that were started in the Netherlands hundreds of years ago. Van Gogh painted this mill as well!

I was such a happy girl! Of course, as soon as we finished biking I made Stef take me out on his scooter, and we frolicked along in the countryside and rode along the canal.

Do I have you sold on the Netherlands yet?

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13 Comments

  1. Aidan says:

    Brenna,
    It looks so beautiful and green. I would love to visit the Netherlands, you’ve sold me!
    Plus, my Dutch heritage makes it a must. And then you throw in the bikes (you know how I feel about biking). Perfect post.
    Aidan x

    • fabdestin says:

      It is lovely, you must go! At the beach we were at there were tons of beautiful dutch babes that looked like yours! It’s all starting to make sense now…

  2. Kristina says:

    so cute! i have also been following van goghs footsteps in the provence, loved arles!
    and yes, the netherlands are also really nice, haven’t been there in a long time actually, need to go!!

  3. I love the Netherlands! I once spent a month there taking classes and tooling around the country. I really liked the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam because it went in chronology of when he painted them. You can really see the depression building in the paintings; amazing. Looks like a lovely day!

    • fabdestin says:

      Yes I’ve been there as well. I agree, it was amazing! One whole month to travel in the Netherlands – I’m jealous!

  4. such cool photos! i think renting a bike has to be the way to go in these cities….

  5. I also adore Netherlands and those photos are so cool:) Hugs and kisses, my dear

    P.S: I’m hosting an amazing Fischer’s dress Giveaway Reloaded today! Don’t miss it!

  6. Brenna,

    What an amazing way to learn more about Van Gogh! I have to send this on to my brother because he is a world traveler and art fanatic :) Have a wonderful rest of your time there! :)

  7. I LOVE the netherlands and this whole area. It’s crazy the rep that amsterdam has when it’s really just a tiny, adorable city with really nice inhabitants. I could probably live there forever and drive a car the size of a matchbook and be prety darn happy.

  8. minhzie says:

    Interesting. I think if I’m ever back in the Netherlands, I need to get out of Amsterdam, a city I really did not like. I spent a day wandering around Haarlem and loved it, so maybe I’ll have to give the Netherlands another try. But your trip sounds fabulous!

  9. Your travels are amazing girl! And I love that you used the term frolic.

  10. jade says:

    This seems like exactly how I’d want to experience this city. I love biking around because you aren’t on your feet but you have the wind in your hair and get to see so much of the city.

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