Posts Tagged ‘rijksmuseum’

Getting Cultured

Saturday, March 28th, 2009


The Rijksmuseum in the heart of Amsterdam has the greatest collection of Rembrandt paintings (his home town) as well as a collection of Vermeer’s to die for.

We were frisked and relieved of our carry-stuff, but stood inches away from the paintings that, up until now, I  had only seen in books.

Because the place was open late on Friday, we were able to squeeze it in after driving into town, parking under the Olympic Stadium, and taking a trolley to the center of town (you should be  impressed by that feat).

There were even madrigal singers doing a program in one of the galleries.

We enjoyed a full day of God’s magnificent creation in the morning, and Man’s atempt to paint it in the afternoon.

Sadly we couldn’t take picures of the paintings.

Goin’ Dutch

Saturday, March 28th, 2009


So much water!

And sooooo many tulips!

And so many Bicycles.

This completely level country of canals is overrun with bikes as the major means of transportation.  The bike lanes are bigger than the car lanes and have the right of way. We are talking Millions!

We enjoyed a delightful B&B for 2 nights and crammed one full day with the Gardens and the Rijksmuseum.

This country definitely has personality.  It is definitely COLD and I am wearing 4 layers.windmill