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Our last night in Amsterdam…..sigh

Boy I’m glad we’re going home!

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Well today was all about two things, museums and beer. After a nice breakfast in the hotel, we took a brisk walk to the Van Gogh museum. Here we saw many of his paintings and drawings including Sunflowers and Irises. There were also paintings and sculptures by his contemporaries- Corot, Degas, Rodin, Pissarro, Renoir, Gaugin and Monet. A veritable feast of Impressionism. The only thing spoiling it were people flouting the no pictures rule and taking selfies and other annoying things. A wonderful collection and we enjoyed it.

We had some time to kill before our tickets to the Rijksmuseum, so we looked around for something to do and the Heineken Experience seemed to be just the ticket. The tour was an interesting look at the process for making Heineken beer. It was interactive and had some Disney ride qualities to it. They’ve been using the SAME special yeast for 150 years and only 11 people know what it is. The tour ended of course at the Heineken bar and i sampled the product ( just to make sure it was safe for anyone using our blog info for travel) and I can tell you it does taste very good. Beth may have a different take since she doesn’t like beer……

After the refreshing beer, on to the Rijksmuseum. The museum is organized by time periods. The second floor being the golden age of Dutch power. The 2nd floor was purposefully built to house Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch. This extremely large painting was one of several to grace the hall of the rich “watchmen” of Amsterdam. We talked with a guide and he gave us a quick history of the painting from Rembrandt’s time to the present. At one point in the 1700’s the painting lost about a foot of width on each side, due to it being too large for the space it was being hung in….sacrilege! In the last 50 years it has been vandalized twice, once with a knife, scratching it and once with acid, melting the protective varnish. The knife attack can still be seen but the acid attack has been completely restored. In this museum you were allowed to take pictures, so we obliged and took a lot of them. I think we got “arted” out after about 2.5 hours and decided to call it a day and check out a shop we saw earlier that sells delft tiles.

We found the shop and bought something for the house. We were quite tired by this time and wanted a drink and a snack. We found a shop selling delicious French fries and Heineken beer( of course), with wine for Beth. Today we had the second most steps, almost 20000, of the whole trip. We are tired but we love Amsterdam and hope we return someday.

Sorry I blogged so many days in a row today…..

Tomorrow back to the good old US we go, a little heavier (weight-wise), a little wiser and certainly very happy with the trip. Fantastic!

Posted by Weimerrv 19:22 Archived in Netherlands Tagged amsterdam

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We’re so glad you had a great trip! Your calves are no doubt quite muscular now.

by Jackie

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