Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Amsterdam #2

Tuesday, April 19th

The day was spent in Amsterdam.   Weather is cold (in the 50's), windy and sometimes rainy.

Amsterdam, Canal boat ride... click for larger image First there was a canal boat trip in the canals of Amsterdam... very nice.

Then there was a tour of a diamond "factory".  We skipped it and instead went for a walk to the flea market.  The flea market was mostly junk.  We bouught nothing.

Then there was a trip to the Van Gogh Museum.  It was very crowded, but they really did have lots of Van Gogh's paintings, so it was a worthwhile visit.  At this point we left the organized tour.

Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum... click for larger image Then we went to the Rijksmuseum.  It is mostly closed for restoration; however, what they have on display is quite marvelous.  Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Franz Hals, Vermeer, and many more.  I was very happy to see this museum, closed or not.

We set sail for Koln in the evening, and during dinner we went through our first lock.

Cheers, Diane

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