Amsterdam — Day 3

Monday evening.

Our third full day of #eurovacation2015 is ended.  Tomorrow we take a quick day-trip to Antwerp.

In the formal garden.

In the formal garden at the Museum Willet-Holthuysen.

Monday included the Van Gogh Museum, the Pipe Museum, the Museum Willet-Holthuysen, a canal boat tour, laundry, dinner at an Indian restaurant, and a very long stand-in-line at the Anne Frank House for admission at 9.25 p.m.  And loads of walking.  And loads of people-watching.

After three days of using the IAMsterdam transit card, we had to spend €12 for a new 48-hour pass.  This isn’t a bad deal for unlimited rides on the the tram and busses.

And after three days of the using the IAMstardam card for ‘free’ admission to museums, our last event was an unflashy but very delightful canal boat tour.  Over a period of three days, we visited a dozen attractions, all of them new to me.  Amongst them were an old palatial canal house, a pipe museum (the Dutch were the first to import tobacco to Europe), the Van Gogh museum, Our Lord in the Attic, and the Rembrandt House.  We’ve certainly covered some territory.

The Museum Willet-Holthuysen is a 17th-century five-window-across (meaning two rooms wide) canal home, renovated in the 19th century by a wealthy local art collector and his wife.  When they died, they left the home to the city as a museum.  I love old houses like this, and was delighted that K, with his realtor hat on, wanted to join as well.

Before standing in line for 75 minutes at the Anne Frank House (still a powerful and moving experience) we had some Indian food for dinner.  After Indonesian the night before, I shall hope for some plain old Dutch food on Tuesday evening!

And now sleep, for Belgium beckons.

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