Ever visited Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon? If you are a Shakespeare fan or English lit student, this is a must-visit place. Shakespeare was baptised, married and buried in this church. Now, there is even more reason to pay a visit.
In 2015, I wrote a post after having seen a deeply moving “Since Maggie went Away”. This play was written by Jacqueline Nolan, who based it on personal experiences and recently uncovered Irish family history.
He collected some impressive titles, including King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, King of France. When young, he was not just his mother’s favourite. He was also a bit of a rebel, calling himself “a little Huguenot” and apparently “even bit the nose off a statue of Saint Paul”.
Most people remember the Stasi from films or books as the nasty security service of East Germany, or the DDR. But the Stasi not only spied. It also carried out ‘projects’ like Aktion Licht: looting and confiscating valuables from East German banks.
Archaeologists who partly unearthed a Roman take-away in Pompeii in 2019, have shared more information as they continue to work on the spot. This “snack bar” is not unique, for Pompeii had over one hundred of them. What does delight archaeologists: the shop is fairly complete and unlike at other ‘take-away’ shops, its frescoes are preserved.
Dutch media reported, wrecks and remains of ships which may have been part of a Spanish fleet were recently discovered. The wrecks were discovered near Hoorn, in the Markermeer. This artificial lake was once part of the Dutch Zuiderzee, which in turn was connected to the North sea.
After Delft’s botanical garden, we made sure we paid Leiden’s Hortus Botanicus a visit too. Of course, our visit took place before it and Dutch museums had to close for a second time.
In between lock-downs and museums being forced to close again, I did manage to visit a few. One exhibition was about “The Bomb”.
Admitted: this perfectly preserved 400-year-old Dutch ship looks ready to sail – kind of. Divers revealed it only showed a bit of damage, likely caused by a fishing trawler. The well-preserved wreck was discovered in the Baltic Sea.
An important exhibition at Museum Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam will close 6th of September 2020. So: visiting Amsterdam? Don’t miss “Black in Rembrandt’s Time”!