Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A glimpse of Paris

 
Last week was Spring break. A freezing cold Spring break. Not that it was freezing as such, it just felt that way each time I stepped outdoors and an icy wind sliced into my face. The combination of cold weather and young children means a need to find things to do indoors, but preferably outside of the home. Staying indoors at home means getting on one another's nerves and an endless number of disputes to settle.

Hence we ventured out into the world of museums, using our newly acquired museum membership cards. Firstly, we visited the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, where the children were spooked out by an odd Scandinavian film on a large screen in a darkened room. Not a good idea. After the haunting intro (something to do with plastic surgery performed by surgeons wearing balaclavas), we hurried out and visited Ron van der Ende's  exhibition in the room next door: flat sculptures - or reliefs, if you like - of modern phenomena; suspended on the walls, they give the effect of an object moving into the space.  These were fascinating.

Later in the week we went to the Gemeente Museum in The Hague where we visited the Mark Rothko exhibition. Thankfully we had booked our passes on the internet: besides the one permanently outside the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam, I've never seen a longer queue for a museum.  After the children's frightening experience at the Kunsthal, we also took the trouble to ask museum staff whether there was anything we should avoid with the children. No, the current exhibitions were pretty safe, we were assured.

As for Rothko: I'm not sure what to think. Though I certainly understand that colours evoke deep emotions and possibly spiritual experiences, I can't help thinking that if Rothko were alive and happy today, he would be laughing all the way to the bank. Funnily enough, M and I found ourselves more fascinated by the beautiful Berlage building of the museum: the bold colours, stained glass windows, and art deco archtictural features and tile work. The children went along with everything quite nicely, but for them the highlight was surely the interactive bits involving the history of the building, and the juice and cake they gorged in the beautiful, central conservatory.

No doubt inspired by our visits to the museums, we did some creative stuff at home. M has always had a fascination for design and craftsmanship. In fact, at times he still regrets not having studied engineering. So, when he has the time, he likes to get son S's building blocks out and build something quite intricate. And since we're going to Paris with the children in May, what better way to look forward to the trip than to have our own personal Eiffel to look at (until someone knocks it over, that is). The result is on the photo.

Of course the children's imagination got rolling. They envisioned a fire breaking out and fire fighters coming to the rescue. And before long, as these things go, a crowd gathers, anticipating heroic action.

 
 

 
 
 

11 comments:

  1. Hey Isabelle,
    So nice to see you back! I think the construction is a triumph, but I always love how little ones add to it. It makes it much more quirky and fun. Your living space is glorious. Such wonderful colours!
    Leanne xx

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  2. Impressive, your Eiffel tower !!!
    But may I suggest some glue ;-))) ? Would be sad if someone knocks it over !!

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  3. Sounds as though you had a great school holiday. The Eiffel Tower is amazing!!! I hope that it lasts for quite a while before coming down!! xx

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  4. The Eiffel Tower is wonderful, I love that it has been played with not just looked at :)

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  5. The museum visits sounded interesting - anything to keep the children quiet eh! The Eiffel tower must have taken ages to build I wonder who will be the first to knock it down. I love the light and space in your room - the lime green walls and the blue chair are perfect together.

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  6. Hello! So lovely to hear from you again. The virtual trip to Paris sounds just as exciting as your upcoming, actual one! Love the block creation, it would be just up my kids' alley! Take care. Cheers, Lucy

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  7. lovely to see a post from you, truly impressed with the tower, and the children's creativity it inspired xxx

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  8. Lovely to see you back Isabelle. I love the photo of your living space, I would be very comfortable in your house. Your holiday sounds like great fun. xx

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  9. That must have taken a long time! it looks great... I loved building blocks and Lego when my daughter was little - probably more than she did.

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  10. Brilliant building! We have our Easter break for two weeks starting today, so no doubt there will be a few visits to places and maybe even a little construction here as well. CJ xx

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