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Rembrandt at the Mauritshuis Museum…

While at the Hague, we dropped by the Mauritshuis Museum, one of the highlights of der Haag if you are in the city.  Plus it’s right around the corner from a hotel and cafe that oddly enough had one of the best pulled pork bbq sandwhiches I’ve ever had. The museum space was very well laid out, well lit with …

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Piet Mondriaan, crafty Dutch artist…

You know when you hear about Modern Art in one The Shining examples that they show you is a white background with some black lines and some squares of yellow blue and red?  That guy is Dutch and he’s big here and his name is Piet Mondrian. From my point of view he seems like a pretty crafty guy.  He …

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Delft, the Chinese counterfit…

In another note that things run in cycles, we saw an actually great display of delft pottery at the gemeentemuseum.  I’m usually not one for pottery, delft, ancient Greek, or otherwise, but this display was quite good. And I learned that Delft pottery is all basically counterfeit versions of Chinese porcelain.  The Dutch imported pottery from China but could not …

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Antwerp, Belgium

On Tuesday it was nice enough for us to take a day trip to Antwerp, Belgium.  We took a 9 o’clock super saver train in the morning and arrived about 1.5 hours later at Antwerp Central Station. The station is very beautiful and ornate at the front and a real asset to the city.  We have found the trains to …

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Boats and Botanical Gardens

On Monday after the Amsterdam National Maritime Museum we took a walk to the botanical gardens. We toured their tropical houses, palm house, desert greenhouse, winding paths, ponds and butterfly house. J especially enjoyed the trip in the greenhouses and got some fun smelling fruity soap at the gift shop. After our trip around the gardens and dodging the rain …

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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 …