|Your local bread shop!|
We arrived on Friday afternoon and having settled into our Designer hotel, Artemis, in the outskirts of Amsterdam we took the bus downtown. First the important thing to find something to eat and then we were ready for the Rijksmuseum where the main attraction is Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch'.
|The Library in the Rijksmuseum|
|Nightwatch by Rembrandt|
|The Flower Market|
|The Flower Market from the|
canal by night
Afterwords a walk around the canals and the flower market before we headed to eat in the highly recommended Indonesian restaurant Sama Sebo (http://www.samasebo.nl/en/) where we had the famous 'rijstafel'. Two different kind of rice with I think at least 15-20 small dishes to go with it. Yammi!
Saturday saw us walking around the city again. Our first aim was Anne Frank's house but as it turned out we were not the only onces! The queue was too long so we had to settle for a picture. Instead we headed to the other side of the canal to visit the Tulip museum. This is a very nice, rather small museum but with all the information on how the tulip came to Europe and Holland, the Tulipomania and the present day tulip market in Holland. Very interesting.
|The Tulip Museum|
Having seen the wonderful 'Nightwatch' by Rembrandt it would be appropriate to visit his house. He had to pay 13.000 gulden for it, a small fortune in those day. Although he was a busy painter and very productive he did not manage to pay his mortgage after some years and he had to move and the house was sold to pay his debts. The house has been restored as it might have looked when he lived there. A lovely house, rather small rooms over 4 floors, a wonderful kitchen with these open fireplaces which you can walk into!
We also managed to visit the private palace of the Van Loon family. Wonderfully situated by one of the canals. It is still owned by the family and it has a very private, cosy atmosphere. That was it, as far as Amsterdam was concerned, for now (we did not have time either for the Van Gogh museum or the Amsterdam historical museum).
Sunday on the way back we passed by Leiden the old university city. Looked really wonderful but we
|Hail storm in Leiden|
|Delft houses by the canal.|
Don't step out of your front door!
|In Delft the electricity covers|
look like this of course!