Touch Van Gogh
If you’re not an art lover and just look at paintings as colors on a canvas, this is an app that has potential to change your outlook. Called Touch Van Gogh it was created by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You choose one of his iconic paintings and then up pops on the bottom a handful of tools to help you uncover secrets that are right there in the painting. They’ll help you understand how it was made, why it was made and how restorations have helped it to look as good today if not better than the day it was painted. For example, you click the location button then use the slider to dissolve the painting over a photograph of the spot that served as its inspiration. Click the restoration button to see where the painting was damaged or how it got faded, and then through one of a few different interactive methods you get to see a then and now depiction. You can also see X-rays or zoom in on brush strokes. With all of these tools, just click on the question mark on the side for a more in depth explanation of what you're seeing. Touch Van Gogh is a free app for iPads and Android tablets.
If that last app inspired you to take a trip to Amsterdam to see the actual paintings, LoungeBuddy might be helpful to take before you go. It’s great for any trip that requires some time in an airport, especially if you're not one of those savvy, frequent flyers who has access to lush airport lounges. Some of those lounges are free for anyone, some may be open to you based on what type of credit card you use and some are accessible if you're willing to pay a few bucks. So the app asks where you're going, what types of credit cards and frequent flyer programs you use, then it lists for you all the airports lounges that are available. You can drill down and look for those with certain features like a children's room or showers. If you find one you like, you can even preview it via the pictures, which often come with reviews. LoungeBuddy is a free app for iOS devices and is due out soon for Androids as well.