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A World of Culture 1 2024

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Your e-magazine about the latest and greatest in (inter)national art and culture!

National Gallery Athens * Frans Hals in het Rijksmuseum * Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen * Musée d'Orsay

In these sometimes complex times, art plays an even bigger role than usual! It provides a moment of emotion, often positive. It's a stimulus. The sun! There is light, the mind is enlightened. Of course, art also portrays the darker sides of being. That is also its duty. Art asks questions.Great works of war and sorrow, they can be seen everywhere in museums! But there are also images of youth, gifts of nature, rich diversity, or enchanting landscapes. The National Gallery in Athens is a great example. And of course, there's the magnificent artwork depicting the naval battles that brought success to the maritime Greeks. But the larger part of what is on display is art that conveys and challenges life. Boijmans van Beuningen is remodelling the museum, which is really exciting! The Depot is a temporary home for the collection, where it is stored and displayed to the public. Inside, you'll find a silver-tinted building with zigzag stairs à la Giovanni Piranesi, as well as glass lifts. The collection is visible in a kind of industrial setting, which is really cool. And outside the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, you'll find Pipilotti Rist's video light installation, which is really impressive! Art is the sun! We need that!

 

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Caspar David Friedrich 250 jaar jubileum Dresden Special

A special on Caspar David Friedrich's 250th anniversary in his hometown of Dresden.

Slow traveller Caspar David Friedrich let nature and the landscape take effect on him at a slow, steady pace. Friedrich wanted to experience what he saw, feeling it and sensing it on his mind and probably also on his soul. His paintings are composed of sketches from years past, combined with what he saw and drew recently. What did Caspar David Friedrich want to say with his oeuvre? What was his deepest goal and his most fundamental desire? There is so much charge in his work that inspiration can be found in every spot of a canvas. Enigmatic and touching. The hues in his works show a great understanding of the colours and scents of nature. He was an inspirer of Samuel Beckett and Walt Disney. Religious and radical. The most important painter of German Romanticism. He is considered a forerunner of Impressionism. He was ahead of his time. Dresden was his hometown and from August 2024, the city honours his 250th birth anniversary. In grand fashion, full of charge, as it should be.

 

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Het Musée d'Orsay, juweel van Parijs

 

A special on the iconic Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

In Berlin, we know the Hamburger Bahnhof. Now, the Museum of Modern Art! Paris has the Musée d'Orsay, which is also a former railway station. The Orsay is a stunning example of the powerful architecture that can be found in railway stations, combined with its French origins and a touch of elegance. It's one of the world's leading museums. A visit to the Orsay is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. It's a journey through the ages, from Art Deco to sculptures by Rodin and a collection of paintings that includes a journey through Renoir, works by Manet, Monet, Raffaëlli, O'Connor, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cézanne, Degas and many others. The light from the canopy of the former railway station adds another dimension to the experience of art, making it truly unique. This museum deserves a place on your Paris city trip, even with the kids!

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STEDEN! - 1 2024

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Your e-magazine on the perfect city break destinations!

City breaks are short but absolutely incredible, taking you to another world in the blink of an eye. You step into a whole new world, a different atmosphere, tradition and history! Sometimes that history is absolutely heroic and grand, and the whole world knows about it! You get to visit the places where you can still experience it for yourself! Valletta is a great example! It's a fortified city with the Maltese Knights and World War II heroes as its greats. And then there's Athens! The Greeks are so modest, it sometimes seems. But their contribution to Western civilisation will be unprecedented! The Greek language is far more intertwined with European languages than most realise. A visit to Athens is a step into a rich history that deserves all your attention. And there's more! Besides history, love of life is also a reason to travel to this capital: Greek cuisine is intelligent and refined, and love of the pleasures of life are also part of the Greek soul.

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Dresden Elbland Vakantieland Special

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A special on Dresden Elbland as a holiday destination.

Dresden Elbland is a par excellence holiday destination. Its cultural wealth and history are unparalleled. The opulence of the surrounding wine and hill country is second to none. The Saxon electors who lived and had their residences here saw it well. This is a royal retreat. Even today, the verdant land around the Elbe is wine country with exquisite white varieties. With castles, fortresses and summer palaces announcing the towns from afar, Dresden Elbland is the epitome of a royal retreat. From the Raddampfer sailing down the Elbe, the landscape glides by like a film. Or just walk from the hills and watch the boats on the Elbe. The narrow-gauge steam train is pure childhood sentiment. The globally renowned Semperoper and excellent museums in Dresden are unmissable. Dresden Elbland is the perfect place to rest and enjoy the soul.

 

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Joie de Vivre - Zomer 2024

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Your e-magazine is all about the things that make life beautiful and enhance quality and fun in your daily existence!

We live in a fast-paced, high-tech world! And that can be really nice too! The Eurostar train whisks us to Paris or London in no time at all! The big picture is also that we are constantly running, flying, trying to keep up and forgetting to rest, enjoy or experience. But there's no need to worry! But it seems a shame to miss out on all that! There are special moments that we're going to miss if we don't pay attention! There are so many beautiful things out there that deserve our attention! This magazine is all about creating a buzz to help you take a moment to appreciate what the French call joie de vivre! The sheer joy of living! And now for something truly special! Treat yourself to some well-deserved love at the Dior Spa at the Dorchester in Dubai. Or treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation at the W Away Spa in Amsterdam. And then, for the perfect end to the day, an IJ beer by the canal! Mauritius is still the epitome of paradise! It's the trip of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the refined beauty on display at the Galerie Dior, or the graceful quality and creativity of Chanel under the Scenography heading. To achieve that almost impossible balance between hectic and calm, the knowledge of Ayurveda can help. It's achievable in everyday life. That is perhaps the most extraordinary thing. All this and more in this Joie de Vivre!

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Eilandleven - 1 2024

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Your e-magazine on island holiday destinations. Live with the sea in your soul!

Hydra, Greece, inspiration for Leonard Cohen. The magical island of Madeira, a piece of Portugal in the Atlantic. Relax on Aegina, near Athens. On an island, the sea is ever-present, and it's a feeling like no other! Islands have a unique kind of magic. Is it to do with the happy feeling of 'coming and going'? There is always movement, and it's a wonderful thing! Or is it the intimacy of a small, tight-knit community, whether temporary or otherwise? A small place in the big, wide world!

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Your Wellness - Zomer 2024

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Your e-magazine for relaxing, taking care of yourself, getting away from it all. You-time. Away from the daily grind and stress. Delightful relaxation destinations, retreats, blissful spa hotels and experiences.

Penha Longa Hotel Portugal * Companhia das Culturas * Villa Termal Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort. Portugal is blessed with many things, and one of them is presented in this e-magazine: great options for a wellness break. 5-star, thermal or just organic. Take your pick. All with pure relaxation in mind. A moment for yourself and your soul.

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Catalonië Vakantieland Special

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A special on Catalonia as a tourist destination.


This Catalonia Special tells the story of a unique region blessed with many of the best things in life. From beaches to high mountains. From Barcelona to typical Catalan villages in the foothills of the Pyrenees. From the magnificent world-class wines of the Priorat. From devout monasteries such as the Monastir de Poblet to imposing architecture such as the Sagrada Familia. An ideal holiday destination, Catalonia.

 

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Dresden als stedenreis bestemming

E-special on Dresden as a city break destination.

Dresden is an excellent city break destination. For culture lovers. For people who like young minds, fresh rebels. Dresden is the city of Elector August the Strong, who laid the foundations for the city's unparalleled art treasures. It is the city of world-class classical music at the Semper Opera. It is the city of the finest porcelain from nearby Meissen and the prestigious watches of the renowned Glashütte brand. Dresden is without doubt one of Europe's top cultural destinations. Effortlessly. Enjoy this e-magazine, a fine travel guide to the destination.

 

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Graubünden Vakantieland e-special

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A special on Graubünden as a holiday destination.

The Graubünden Special shows in words and pictures perhaps the most beautiful part of Switzerland. Impressive high mountains surround a constantly beautiful valley. Railways flank the landscape. Whether you hike through the valley, take a hut-to-hut tour, ride uphill on a road or mountain bike, or whiz down on skis or snowboard, everyone will enjoy the gift that is Graubünden.

 

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L'Opéra national de Paris in het Palais Garnier

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Special to the Palais Garnier and the Opéra national de Paris.

It is hard to imagine how many visitors have gone home happy in the 350 years of its existence. L'Opéra national de Paris is a grande dame, even by Parisian standards. At the Palais Garnier, the ambitions of young and established artists seem to be allowed to rival the beauty of the theatre itself, a jewel of architecture and finesse. Visit the theatre during the day and, with a bit of luck, catch a performance.

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Landschappen van de Wereld - 1

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This e-magazine is all about nature and the amazing scenery that awaits you outside.

In this edition, we're taking you on a journey to the stunning Alentejo in Portugal, where rolling landscapes evoke the gentle undulations of waves. Then, we'll venture north to the French Vosges, where a wealth of historic charm awaits. Finally, we'll explore the historic city of Corinth on the Peloponnese, where nature's grandeur is on full display. Get ready to be inspired!

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La Route des Grandes Alpes

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A special on La Route des Grandes Alpes.

Get ready for an incredible journey through the French Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea! La Route des Grandes Alpes is a spectacular route that will take you on an unforgettable adventure. The French Alps are a true wonder of nature, offering a breathtaking mix of strength, fragility, colour, depth and height. This route is a construction project that was launched in 1909 and opened in 1937. It was a gift to the world! So in these days, the magnificent La Route des Grandes Alpes awaits! A journey through the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. We're thrilled to present this e-special, with a great contribution from the wonderful Philippe Delachenal and his company Parcourir et Découvrir. Philippe is an outdoor sportsman, born and raised in the region, and a proud lover and connoisseur of this beautiful part of France.

 

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Nepal Magazine

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A special on Nepal as (outdoor) holiday destination.

We are honoured to be working with Robin Boustead on the 'Nepal e-Magazine', published in English. Robin has been trekking the mountain ranges in Nepal since 1993. A committed environmentalist and unrivalled specialist in the field, he now lives in Kathmandu, is a passionate advocate of mountain trekking and Nepal, and is the architect behind the Great Himalaya Trails concept. In this edition, Robin shares his insights into what to expect and how best to prepare for the ultimate trekking experience in Nepal, alongside inspiring accounts of unique trekking adventures. This stunning 82-page e-magazine is a must for those considering hiking in Nepal, providing a wealth of inspiration, unparalleled experience and sound advice. Don’t miss it!

 

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Semperoper en Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Special

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A special on the Semperoper and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD).

The Semperoper is one of the world's most renowned theatres. Its imposing building, enchanting interior and world-class acoustics exude excellence. The theatre auditorium embodies excellence.

The museums in Dresden operate in cooperation under the name Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The institute has as many as 10 locations, including the Zwinger Palace. The Residenzschloss houses an impressive array of museum collections. Dresden's historical skyline is already of great beauty, and this group of museums plus the Semperoper makes this city a cultural experience of exceptional level.

 

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Zillertal Vakantieland Special

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A special on the Zillertal as a holiday destination.

Zillertal is a truly unique holiday destination, no matter the season. This e-special will be all about everything this special valley has to offer. Hike, mountain hut tour, cycle, enjoy the delicious Zillertal cuisine, listen to the amazing Tyrolean music, and experience the thrills of winter sports. We'll also be exploring the Zillertal Bahn, with its so idyllic steam train. This e-special is the perfect way to get ready for your holiday!

 

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Dream Hotels - 1 2024

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This is the e-magazine for those who love tasteful hotels!

The world of blissful hotels, where pure hospitality is in the genes. A stay that people love to remember, or look forward to. A good hotel understands its guest. Cuisine is really cuisine. Rooms are not based on blase luxury, but on comfort and relaxation. Hotels with a good golf course, or in a wine region, or in the heart of the city in that great spot. Or with a blissful spa. Our e-magazine Dream Hotels is all about showcasing these kinds of hotels. So, get ready to dream away delightfully and be sure to visit them!

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Joaquín Sorolla, de Spaanse meesterschilder

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E-magazine on Joaquín Sorolla, the Spanish 'Master of Light'.

We all know the sheer beauty of the evening sky!  Sunlight can dazzle us, but if we remain wise, it can also provide us with a beautiful hue! But how can we capture light in painting? How can we capture the magic of light? Joaquín Sorolla does so in such an absolutely enchanting way that it transports you, it's unforgettable! 2023 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the incredible Joaquín Sorolla. He was inspired by his home city Valencia by the sea, the stunning dune landscape around it and the incredible scenes the sea brought with it. All this with a refined sense of atmosphere and moment, combined with his incredible talent for capturing light on canvas! I firmly believe that Sorolla is also a master at depicting feeling and emotion. His portraits are brimming with energy and emotion. The eyes of the depicted figures speak volumes, inviting the viewer to guess at what is causing the feeling shown. Or perhaps he entices recognition. It is an absolute delight to see works by the 'Master of Light', as he is called. Light, moment and feeling offer so much to art, and Joaquín Sorolla shows us all how it's done!

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