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Historic Amsterdam

overcast 15 °C

After an evening of dubious pleasure in Amsterdam's hotspots we thought we should get down to some serious sightseeing and where better to begin but with the museums. But which ones? There are more than 50 museums in the city. We could have joined the lengthy queue for the Anne Frank museum but we're only here for a few days so we skipped that and worked our way down the list: the Erotic, Hash and Torture museums were just "not really us" and we dismissed the Pipe, Beer and Diamond museums as being too frivolous. The Funeral museum is obviously much more maudlin but we are here to enjoy ourselves so, after skipping past the Pianola, Purse, and Houseboat museums, we slipped into the Verzetsmuseum which catalogues the struggle of the Dutch Resistance during WW11. It wasn't exactly fun, but it was interesting. With our heads full of the ravages of war we were trying to decide between the Jewish, Chess and Canal museums when we realized that we didn't need another - history surrounds us. Amsterdam is one great outdoor museum - every house, church and building tells a story. The beautiful canalside houses are mostly converted warehouses which housed goods from every corner of the globe in the 17th and 18th centuries ...
The unique lifting bridges are a picture...
And this 1480 Munttoron clock tower still cheerfully rings the hours with a carillon of bells installed in 1680...
So, instead of wandering the galleries of museums dedicated to tulips, ships and trams, we took a canal cruise where the helpful guide gave us a quick rundown on everything we had missed. For example, "On you right is the 1885 Rijksmuseum where you will see....etc. etc." ..."and on your left is the Van Gogh museum where you will see... etc. etc." Alright - we cheated, but in an effort to make ammends we spent the evening with the Netherland's Philharmonic Orchestra as they played a programme of Bruckner in the beautiful 19th century Concert-Gebouw, one of the most visited concert halls in the world.
Next stop - the pretty medieval town of Delf. But we're not finished with the delights of Amsterdam by half and will keep it on our bucket list for a future trip.

Posted by Hawkson 12:38 Archived in Netherlands

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You are really seeing history. Hope you have warm clothes with the temp down to 15. We are still having warm sunny days and cool evenings. I am reading Chris Hedges book "Death of the Middle Class"and the lies govt and corps have and are stil feeding us. But then I am not middle class.

by Jean McLaren

This is a place rich in history and culture. Would have loved to see the Van Gogh museum.

by Janet

Reminds me of the many years ago when we were in Amsterdam. There was a full eclipse of the moon, and we didn't know what it was...couldn't read it in the papers. Loved walking everywhere there (and getting lost on the twisty streets).

by Sharron

It is good to have you remind me of long ago trips to the fascinatingly flat country called Holland. Safe journeys to you and keep entertaining us so well>!! Vera

by Vera Bell

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