A few months ago Thinkie and I went to Leeuwarden. A city in the far north of the Netherlands. And though she still does not like tea, we went there for tea.
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After a short detour we arrived at our first destination: “De wereld van thee“. There are actually 2 connected shops here. One specialized in tea and one in that other drink.
It is a nice shop. Their selection (220 loose leaf teas) is larger and differs somewhat from what other standard teashops in the Netherlands have to offer, but is of the same standard level. Which is far from bad, sometimes quite good, but there is a cutoff before it gets really interesting. I bought a tea tin and a ‘China Black sencha’. A type of tea I have not tried before. The information on the package is quite good compared to other shops. It even contains the name of the plantation the tea comes from. Something that not much standard shops do (sometimes even hard to read the name of the tea they wrote on the package). So all in all quite a nice shop to visit.
Along our road to our next and most important destination we passed 2 shops that could also be considered tea shops though the focus lies more on coffee.
Finally we arrived at our most important destination: The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics (Keramiekmuseum Princessehof).
Now we all know that ceramics and tea are a great combination, but there was something even better going on.
Indeed, an exhibition about tea.
I will start with “some” photo’s to make you drool. And then I will tell you what I think of it.
17th and 18th century the Netherlands
20th and 21th century the Netherlands
The exhibition was quite nice. It showed a lot of tea ceramics. There should always be an exhibition like this within travel distance. But there were some minor points. First of all I missed the story. The exhibition was divided in regions and the most important aspects of tea history were mentioned but in several cases the visitor was left clueless. For example what is Yixing. Why is is so important that we see a hundred of Yixing teapots. It missed the connection between the looses things that were told. There also was no exhibition catalogue and no tea books that could fill these void. But it could just be me. Furthermore: Dutch only…
Before we went to the regular exhibition we had a drink. And the restaurant was a little bit in style.
Rest of the museum
In the standard exhibition there was some tea too. And f course a lot f other things…
Chinese and Japanese porcelain for the Netherlands, 17th century
There was also some Thai and Vietnamese porcelain.
Modern ceramics in the collected friends exhibition
The Society of Friends of the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics collects the finest modern and contemporary ceramics. This exhibitions shows a selection from that collection.
- The exhibition “Op de thee” can still be visited till May 31 2015 in the The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics (Keramiekmuseum Princessehof)
- NOTE:The exhibition has been extended till July 5 2015