Amsterdam — day two

From Saturday evening, these shots:

Two of my favorites one the Belvedere Competition on Saturday evening. I’m glad I was there. http://www.belvedere-competition.com


 

Monday morning now in Amsterdam.  We are up early today to make a full day, so I shall write in brief.

The ducks laze by on these canal waters, the water flowing generally northeast toward the Amstel canal that is just yards away.  We see the clearest, cleanest blue skies.  And today’s high temperature is forecast for 71°!

Sunday = church for me.  Starbucks (a convenient meeting point at Rembrandtplein, and I was ready for some iced tea).  Tram down to Museumplein for the Rijksmuseum (see previous post).  The line for the Van Gogh Museum was too long, so we shall go today.  We substituted the diamond museum instead, and  learned all about the various cuts and kinds of diamonds. Fascinating stuff.  Tram up to the Dam, where the skies opened up, so we nipped into a cafe for a drink.  By the time the rain cleared and we walked to the Anne Frank House, the wait to even purchase a ticket was well over an hour.  So tram back to the houseboat.

Dinner was nearby at Tujuh Maret Indonesian restaurant.  Neither of us have had Indonesian food before, so I had a sampler plate.  The spicy cooked cabbage was a big hit, as was the cabbage and carrot salad.  I treated myself to mango ice cream for dessert.

And then for me early to bed was the rule.

Today includes an early start at the Anne Frank House, where we hope to be early in line for the 9 a.m. opening.  And then Van Gogh Museum, pipe museum, an old lavish canal house. We’ll finish with a canal ride as we complete the use of our IAMsterdam passes.

Tomorrow = a day trip by Thalys, the high-speed train, to Antwerp, Belgium, just because we can.  This will add one more country to the itinerary too!  We depart Wednesday for a seven-hour journey to Berlin.

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