Wednesday 10th April.
Today is my first full day in Amsterdam. It was my thoughts to go to the Rijksmuseum (Rembrandt), Stedelijk (Modern) , Van Gogh and Anne Frank’s museum or at least get tickets for them. Whilst the bus & tram service is very good I got off a bit early and walked to the main museum area. I was really glad I did as I came across a really good second hand record shop called Record Mania. It is a great shop and if you are after vinyl or cd’s this is the place to go when in Amsterdam. One of the great things is that the records and cd’s were all catalogued into artist and music type. I was very lucky as I found a couple LP’s of great interest to me.
From there I walked to the main museum quarter and attempted to get museum tickets. Unfortunately Anne Frank’s was fully booked for the next couple of weeks but I got admission to the Rijksmuseum museum and the Stedelijk and Van Gogh for the next day.
Rijksmuseum. Note the solar panel’s which most buildings have.
I have to say, that as much as I enjoyed the museum and many of the exhibits, Rembrandt and the period did very little for me. I found it all very dark in colour and content but I did enjoy other parts of the museum showing the ceramics and military items. The museum is quite substantial and took up the full afternoon. so if was back to the campsite after this.
Cycling in Amsterdam is a main event with very little and expensive parking in the city itself. The bike parking at the main station is enormous.
The main station cycle park. It has a further level below the ones you can see.
The next day Thursday 12th back into town early as my ticket to Van Gogh was timed for 11.30 so breakfast on the run to the station. Van Gogh I really enjoyed and had not realised how many self portraits he did of himself. His works and that of others were very absorbing.
The Duke of Wellington
Although dark, I really liked this painting, the purples and whites of her face and sleeves.
Also of great interest was the exhibition of Japanese art and the influence it had on Van Gogh and how he incorporated it into his own works from time to time.
Hokusai’s view of Mount Fuji.
Included in the Japanese exhibition was works by Hokusai and many other artists. This part I also found of great interest and felt very lucky to have seen it as it is only there until July I think?
After Van Gogh, it was off to the Stedelijk modern museum, which again did very little for me. But interesting to see that they had things such as bubble lamps, which I think I bought one for my daughter, Helen, many years ago? But also a string of light bulbs! So this museum was done with great haste!
But there were a couple of things that did grab my attention though.
A string of light bulbs! This is art?
A quote on a flight of stairs there.
And taken from the same landing.
Another view of the Rijksmuseum
Dinner that evening was at the Thai street café mentioned in a previous blog.
Chicken, noodles and Jasmin tea. And a wander through the town on the way back to the station.
Lock, canal bridges and red coat.
Friday 13th! A day for not doing to much, catching up on chores, dinner at the camp bar and planning my next destination which is to be Utrecht staying at Vianen.
Ah yes! The not listening bit! I’m always being told I do not listen properly and it’s obviously true.Helen & Steve brought me an electric hair clipping set for Christmas for my travels. I showed it to my hairdresser and discussed it with her a couple of times. I’m sure she said to use no 3 but when it was too late, I think she said no 5! So I just had to go with it then.
Next. Amsterdam to Vianen (Utrecht)