I have been in Amsterdam for just over a week and we have done so many things already! I had a list of things to do in Amsterdam and have just about ticked off every one of them.
My wish list of things to see inluded a visit to Keukenhof, the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt's Nightwatch.
The Rijksmuseum was amazing, in that it has been thoroughly renovated over several years and has only just been re-opened recently. The people's entrance hall is magnificent and the structures that were built are an engineering feat...amazing stuff. See here for More about the renovations .
|The amazing 4 story historic Art Library recently restored and open to the public.|
|1770's Delft Blue Ceremaic vases. The tall ones are to display single tulip stems in the little spouts on the sides|
|The new foyer and entrance court showing coffee/restaurant with store beneath (downstairs)|
|The all important coffee time at the Rijks|
|The visitors crowding around to see the Nightwatch by Rembrandt|
|me with the Nightwatch. It's a huge artwork.|
|Mieke with Vermeer's streetscape that Dad loved so much|
We have been to both in the first week. As well as that we have been to Edam, a gorgeous little town not far from Mieke's house, where they make the famous Edam cheeses.
|MS 'Ria' - on Het Ij|
|Me with my new friend Ria|
|Mieke with Ria and their keeshond|
|At Mieke's garden house|
in flats and had no probability to acquire a garden of their own.(Some history about these gardens.) Each garden contains a very small house - about 6 x 6 metres each, which you can renovate however you like but you have to stay within the parameters of the rules laid down by the council governing these garden complexes. There are a number of these on the outskirts of Amsterdam and highly sought after when they are available for sale.
|In the garden|
|In the garden|
Anyway, with all the sightseeing, gardening, walking everywhere we go, I feel rather tired each night so I sleep very well.
The house I am staying in is a one bedroom unit but the rooms are roomy, so I sleep in the lounge or dining area and then each day the bed is folded up and put away...but it is a comfy bed and the rooms are centrally heated so it's very comfortable and plenty warm enough.
OK...It's taken me quite a long time to load these photos from my phone to my memory stick and then back into my blog...so it's goodbye folks for now.
Missing all my lovely family and friends in Oz but enjoying my time here immensely.