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Dutch Maritime museum…

In an effort to see all things boats, today we headed it off to the source of the trading Empire of the Dutch East and West India Company and saw the history of boats, ships, and maps at the Dutch Maritime Museum. During a point called Dutch’s Golden Age, Holland had the greatest naval and merchant fleets in the world. …

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Monkeying Around

For the second half of Sunday J dragged K to the Amsterdam zoo complex which is located downtown to the northeast. It includes a separate aquarium on site as well as a planetarium. We enjoyed walking around and looking at the birds, wallabies, pelicans, cranes, red ruffed lemurs and other animals. In many cases you could get very close to …

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Van Gogh Baby!

Sunday morning we scurried out of the hotel to the Van Gogh museum, just 2 blocks away, to get our tickets before the line was gigantic. K waited in line and J popped into the market for drinks and warm croissants (you should have seen how crestfallen J was when the merchant sent her back to the bakery to get …

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Amsterdam Museum District

Our sunny day for Antwerp did not materialize and so we decided to stay in town and go to a few museums and visit the Central train station area instead. There should be some better weather later in the week.  We took our first tram ride to the Central station and picked up our Museum passes. We stopped to take K’s …

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Arrived in Amsterdam

We have begun or latest European adventure today, arriving in Amsterdam, a first visit for both of us. We had a quick layover in Iceland which went smoothy. Feeling like pros, we aced the city bus from the airport to our hotel (5 euro!), picked up our metro transit IDs so that we can tap on and off like the …

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Toledo, the holy one

So that saying of “Holy Toledo” that some people exclaim when they see something cool, I presume comes from here.  Though I could easy just be making that up.  I’m sure the internet knows. Anyway we caught yet another train for a very quick trip to the city of Toledo, just south of Madrid in decidedly Don Quixote country.  Once …

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Madrid’s Retiro Park

On Monday after the MC Escher exhibit we returned to the area near our hotel and went for a long walk in the Retiro park, #2 trip advisor activity to do in Madrid. The park is very large and much if it is left to trees with structured paths but it had some amazing gathering places. The locals were out …

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M. C. Escher

We traveled from Granada to Madrid yesterday and have 3 more days in Madrid. Today we went to a totally cool temporary exhibit of MC Escher’s work. First cool thing, his full name: Maurits Cornelis Escher now that is something a guy can work with! A Dutch graphic artist, he was inspired by architecture early in his career and it grew …

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Handled

Had a early dinner at 7:30 pm. Got the biggest pitcher of sangria yet. 8:30 pm no mas.

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Gardens of the Alhambra

The Alhambra had many elaborate and beautiful gardens. We took a city minibus up to the top if a mount that the Alhambra sits but got off one stop to early but this was a happy mistake. We came across a free garden complex called Carmen de los Martires (Carmen of the Martyrs Gardens). It’s history is long and complicated but …