I've had a lovely few days in Amsterdam, enjoying some of my favourite things, and that's not counting food and wine!
Amsterdam boasts a great variety of museums. My favourite of these is the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent van Gogh was probably the first Artist I could name, but I was singularly unimpressed with the pictures I had seen of this paintings until I saw one for real at the National Gallery in London. Soon after that I visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and began to really appreciate his work. This year, I returned to the Museum for the third time to see the van Gogh's Letters exhibition. I loved learning more about the artist and his art through his writing.
I saw a brief glimpse of the Blue Moon on New Year's Eve between a gap in the clouds (or saw that smoke from all the fireworks).
On New Year's day we went for a walk on the beach. I simply love everything about the sea, the sound, the smell, the spray. The only thing I don't like is being on it in a boat! I was quite astonished to see how many people there were on the beach but I am told it is a popular Sunday afternoon (and New Year's Day) activity. As we ended out walk we watched the sun set beyond the water. Who doesn't love sunsets?
During the drive back to Amsterdam we watched the moon rise a huge, orange orb. I find the moon endlessly fascinating and unfailingly beautiful.
Finally, between eating, drinking, walking and visiting museums I found some time for stitching.
A lovely end to what has been the happiest year of my life (so far) and a bright beginning for the next 12 months.
Happy New Year.