Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nieuwe and Oude

Look. Aren't we constantly looking for the new? I mean aren't we constantly looking at the old? Yes.

Just about this time of year, late in the twentieth century I was in Amsterdam, so old and so new. I'm always impressed how Europeans, those people living in what some here in the U.S. refer to as "Old World" manage to keep it fresh and contemporary. Witness my little blog post on the stenciled walls of the Oude Kirk and the Tropenmuseum: a study in contrast.

Please come right in and straight up the impossibly steep stairs. I'm pouring you another glass of one of those delicious Dutch beers and inviting you to gaze out the window of my temporary digs in a 17th century Dutch canal house. There right across the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal is the Old Church, the Oude Kirk, the oldest building in Amsterdam.

"Our" front door

View of Oude Kirk

OK let's go back downstairs across the canal and to the church. It's a short walk. Step inside where it's rather dark and a bit cold which is apparently just what some creative parishioners thought and so they stenciled warm and bright patterns here and there.

So that's some of the old painting in Amsterdam. Get on your rickedy old bike and let's go over the the Tropenmuseum for some nieuwe.

Now would you do me a favor and stop using "Old World" in conversation or anywhere else. I sort of loathe that term. It's so meaningless. Do you see my point?

Be seeing you!


  1. Okay - anyone who writes as well as you do, I'm happy to accommodate. No more "Old World" for me!

  2. Dorinda?

    That's uncanny. Dorinde Van Oort was half of the couple who owned the canal house in Amsterdam where I stayed. I feel certain she would and certainly I do thank you for your compliance!

  3. Yes, you are a great writer! I love the nieuwe vaulted ceiling, and enjoyed once again visiting your Hudson River panorama. Your posts always inspire me ... Mark

  4. wonderful! have a fabulous time there! i'm pea green with envy!

  5. Thanks Mark!

    Thanks Lynne! (-But I'm not there now. I was there late in the last century!)

  6. Scott fabulous images, and I promise I will never use "That" term again!!

    Art by Karena

  7. Thanks Karena!

    Feel free to spread the word. We all live in the eternal world of NOW.


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