Friday night and nothing planned for Saturday. What about Van Gogh? OK and I get online and bring up their website. Buy tickets online and have them sent to your smart phone – sounds good. Sure enough when we find the entrance there is a line for the ticket office and it sure was nice to go down the fast lane directly into the museum.
Bought the multimedia tour as well and had a crash course in his life & works as we wandered the 4 chronology floors. After two hours we found the coffee shop and sampled more Dutch pastries & coffee.
Behind both the Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh there is Museumplein and today there was a cultural event called Uit Market. Plenty of booths promoting all types of groups as well as stages with loud performers.
Wandered the streets & canals, plenty of place to grab a beer but tough finding a nice seat with a view.
Saw this houseboat with a little nest for the local ducks that swim the canals, our neighboring boat has one and the ducks constantly circle for food.
I really like Amsterdam. Maybe it’s because English is widely spoken, or that I can use my knowledge of Afrikaans to decipher the Dutch language, or that it is really cosmopolitan seems even more so than Los Angeles.
We loved sitting on our boat and watching the parade watercraft go by. Weekdays it is mostly the tourist boats but at the weekends the locals come out to play. All types, girls celebrating showers or just girls cruise. Boys boats and even paddle boats hugging the sides.
Could spend a couple of weeks here, eating, drinking, people watching, …. Only problem there are no Santa Monica mountains to ride up to burn off all the excess.