Amsterdam. A modern city. Bikes, canals, bridges, houseboats, museums, tulips, cheese, Red Light District, coffee shops selling cannabis (we did not try). Great architecture.
Visiting Amsterdam in September would mean less tourists and we hoped for good weather. We did not get too lucky on the weather. We had clouds and rain on and off everyday but it did not stopped us to see all the places we wanted. And you know there is always a museum around the corner.
We arrived early on a Monday morning. We took the train to get to the city center and walked to find our hotel. We had chosen a small B & B, very well located. We had a good view on Singel Canal. I stared at that view , never got tired of it.
From our B & B we could walk everywhere we wanted. We did not waste any time to start our visits. First the Amsterdam Museum giving us an idea of the city’s growth from fishing village to global trade center, some paintings and much more information we could absorb with the jet lag.
We decided to wander in the city and get some fresh air. Going inside the Cheese museum was a good idea to taste some cheese and learn a bit of history.
Clogs are traditional wooden shoes from this country.
We went out for dinner in the Jordaan district. We were surprised how the restaurant we had picked from our guide was busy for a Monday night. Got back to our B & B for a good rest as the next day , we were going to visit The Van Gogh Museum and also the Rijksmuseum. It was at least 30 minutes walk but a good chance to see the city.
Van Gogh was a creative genius, he produced brightly colored landscapes in impressionist style and many self-portraits. He had a tumultuous life. The museum with more than 200 paintings was fantastic and help me to know more about the artist. We spent at least 1:30 hours in the museum.
The Rijsksmuseum is located very close to the Van Gogh Museum. It was also very interesting to discover the paintings of many Dutch Masters like Vermeer, Steen, Hals and Rembrandt .
We walked some more…
We had time to visit the Royal Palace, a lavish city hall, that take us back to the Golden Age of the 17th century.
We really enjoyed Amsterdam. Walking by the canals…
Bikes are everywhere…
A lovely city. More to see on my next post. Thanks for reading.