Whenever I enjoy a lovely day in the summer, I often start humming Lou Reed’s, Perfect Day. Its bittersweet melody and lyrics capture the transitory nature of summer and lazy days that one can never quite imagine coming to an end.
Yesterday, was just such a Perfect Day. Hubby and I set off on our bikes not really knowing where we were going. We went vaguely in the direction of the Haarlemmermeer Station and we stopped there for Coke and beer at Macy’s. Macy’s is a pop-up barbecue restaurant, offering very reasonably-priced food and themed evenings, open till the end of the summer. Next, we mooched around the adjoining Tram Museum and then after rummaging in the huge second-hand warehouse next door, we headed for the Beatrix Park and the International Sculpture Route organised by ArtZuid. I’d like to say we saw all the sculptures, but we saw just one, ‘ Forever,’ by Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei is most well known for his sunflower seed installation at Tate Modern. ‘Forever’ is a quirky installation of bicycles, echoing the circular form of the KunstKapel, a former chapel designed by Dutch architect, Lau Peters. The same building houses Restaurant As and their terrace looked so inviting that we sat down and had a couple of glasses of rose and a wood-oven pizza. The light was so unusual coming through the reed mats hanging overhead, it felt more like a tropical island than the Netherlands! I love holidaying in my hometown, specially when one stumbles across something so unexpected and unusual. The restaurant and Kunstkapel are a bit off the beaten track but well worth the bike ride. Keep it under your hat though, or everyone will start going there!