• Amsterdam – Pixar comes to Town!

    by  • May 30, 2013 • Amsterdam, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Film • 0 Comments

    Think of a short break in Amsterdam and the mind immediately conjures up myriad images of a city renowned for its liberal, tolerant and laid-back reputation, where modernity is embraced with as much passion as tradition. From the cosmopolitan café culture amongst the cobbles to gentle cruises along charismatic canals, from the red light district to the artistic richness of Rembrandt and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam caters for every cultural persuasion and budget.

    Indeed, for a city that’s recently witnessed the regal pomp, patriotic fervour and traditional splendour of King Willem-Alexander’s ascendency to the throne, not to mention the much-anticipated, grand reopening of its cultural crown jewel, the prestigious Rijksmuseum, it would be fair to say that Amsterdam’s fascinatingly-rich heritage more than meets the demands of the average visitor.

    And yet, if you’re looking for a little light relief after many hours of cultural appreciation of Flemish Masters, Van Gogh and Anne Frank, why not venture down to the Amsterdam Expo, where opening today (May 30) is an exhibition dedicated to 25 years of Pixar Animation. This intriguing backstage tour takes visitors deep into the world of Pixar with over 500 original artworks on loan from the Pixar Animation Studios in California detailing the stories, creative processes and techniques involved in bringing together some of the most famous and successful animation films ever produced, including Toy Story, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Up.

    Running until October 27, the exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm and entrance costs 16€ per person (10€ 6-18 years; 0-5 years free).


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.

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