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Parakeets of Vondelpark

Parakeets of Vondelpark

When I first moved to Amsterdam, the last thing I expected to see where flocks of rose-ringed parakeets residing in the city’s many parks. The beautiful pink and blue rings around their necks and in their tail feathers make them quite a sight to see. If you hear their high-pitched squawks nearby, go take a closer look. Thanks to their curious nature, they’ll probably check you out as well! The first official sighting was in 1976 in Vondelpark, the same…

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Is there a sculpture by Picasso in Vondelpark?

Is there a sculpture by Picasso in Vondelpark?

Scattered throughout Amsterdam’s largest city park – Vondelpark – are several statues and sculptures, including one designed by Pablo Picasso, Figure découpée l’Oiseau. Though Picasso intended it to be a bird (note the feet recognizable at the bottom of the sculpture), Amsterdammers have always seen it as a fish and locally it’s known as ‘Picasso’s Fish statue’. It was a gift from the artist to Amsterdam in 1965. That same year, the city organized an exhibition of artwork featuring some…

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The Lover’s Portrait Google Map

The Lover’s Portrait Google Map

Explore Amsterdam through the eyes of my main character, Zelda Richardson, and learn fun new facts about the city along the way. Photos and excerpts of The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery are included in the descriptions of these lovely places. Hope you enjoy roaming around Amsterdam! https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=15DHJ67jcjJUNzMiVY2-AyHnOuKY  

The Lover’s Portrait added to Stedelijk Museum and Jewish Historical Museum libraries

The Lover’s Portrait added to Stedelijk Museum and Jewish Historical Museum libraries

In August 2016, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery was added to the library collections of two incredible cultural institutions: the Stedelijk Museum and Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. The Stedelijk Museum, one of the world’s most renown contemporary art museums, decided to include my novel in their collection thanks to my descriptions of the processes involved in the restitution of Nazi-looted artwork. A few weeks later, I received word that the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam was so pleased with their…

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The Lover’s Portrait at Pink Point Amsterdam

The Lover’s Portrait at Pink Point Amsterdam

I am *extremely* proud to see The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery on display at Pink Point Amsterdam on the Westermarkt! Pink Point is the world’s first gay and lesbian tourist kiosk, providing general information, pamphlets, advice and travel tips for LGBT tourists. Their knowledgeable staff can also tell you more about the history of the neighboring Homomonument — the world’s first tribute to the many gay and lesbian people who lost their lives during World War II. They also…

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