Archive for August 2012
Very very early in the morning I fly to Amsterdam from Heathrow.
Plans for the Netherlands?
The fiftieth birthday party of a dear friend in Den Haag.
Two concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
And the rest is speculation:
- A day trip to Antwerp in nearby Belgium?
- A day trip – train, bus and bicycle – to a museum in the middle of a national park in the Netherlands with a large collection of van Gogh?
- A day trip to see working windmills?
A day trip to Brussels? Best chocolate in the world (plus art and architecture and glorious gardens, of
I’ll let you know when I get home!
I’ve been organizing the logistics of my trip to the UK and the Netherlands, later in the month. I have three and a half days in London. I need three months.
Walk Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Visit the National Gallery and the Tate Modern (you cross the Thames on a boardwalk to get to it). Go to concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and St Martin in the Fields (which isn’t, of course, even remotely anywhere near a field). Lunch with relatives, one of whom I haven’t seen for over fifty years.
And then – the culmination – attend the lunch and presentation ceremony for “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” – chosen as the children’s book to represent English-language Canada for the next two years internationally.
The place will be packed with children’s writers, translators and illustrators from around the world. Wow.