Saturday, September 8, 2007 ((Day 10))
Good Morning Amsterdam.. first stop today was the Rijksmuseum. Great gallery of paintings, and examples of Delftware. Memorable things from the museum.. Tessa being super spy.. I think she got a pic of Cupid - L'amour Menacant by Etienne - Maurice Falconet.. so cute the caption on the little cute statue read :
"Whoever you are, this is your master. That he is, that he was and that will be" interesting huh? I was also intrigued by a Self-Portrait by Ferdinand Bol. Portrait and frame reference.. he was not cute at all.. the frame is was interested me.. caption linked to the Self-Portrait read as follows: Love, liittle statue of Cupid sleeping recalls virtue of chastity and loves more exalted, spiritual form.
Sunflower (on frame) turned its face to the sun, just like a lover turns to his beloved (love it, it was beautiful). Other recommend pieces we spend exceptionally more time observing were: Winter landscape with ice skaters by Hendrick Avercamp, The kitchen maid by Johannes Vermeer, The dancing lesson by Jan Steen,
and of course The Night Watch by Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn
. Excellent museum.. absolutely excellent. =) It's so sad we can never take pictures.. o well I guess we can always look up the paintings on-line anyways.. and possibly purchase books or postcards in the gift shop (which was what we did)
Where to next? We went to the Van Gogh Museum. Had a funny little incident already right when they were letting me cross through the entrance.
Behind Rijksmuseum, small little pretty park
. the guard was sweet and nice and said "Are you American or Latina?" he said Latina like he was so sure of himself. He said American like it was a shot in the dark.. probably thinking "nah this girl can't be American." But I smiled and said, "American" kind of like a "sorry, yeah I'm just American, not Latina =(" look I gave him, and he knodded his head and said "Oh, oh Ok" a few times. Interesting.. throughout my trip I'm telling you I got a lot of "Hola's" or this guy thinking straight up I was Latina. Interesting... cool tho.. I guess.. no one guessed I was filipina which is what I am. Back home, just going to Costco one time some guy started saying little things (only nice things of course) in tagalog (funny.. how did they know.. o well.. it's a mystery) to me.
Van Gogh Museum
. haha weird. But anyhows.. You can only guess the how the Van Gogh Museum was.. fantabulous of course.. everyone knows Vincent Van Gogh's work of art. Can't go wrong.. There were many I admired at this exhibit, I know his work is scattered everywhere so at the time we went I was re-introduced to his many Self-Portraits, Sunflowers, The Bedroom, Orchard/Pink Peach Tree/Pink Orchard
(Van Gogh intended these three to go together), Pieta
(Mary mourning Jesus), Almond Blossom, Wild Roses, and Irises.
I'm sure everyone has their own special taste and favorites those are a couple of mine. =)
Next on the itinerary was the Anne Frank House.. The line was quite long so we decided to have lunch first at the Pancake House which was just down the street.
Pancake House indeed, it was magically delicious.. I had a bacon pancake and shared the tiny pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream with my sis.
Anne Frank Huis.. we took the tour of course.. there were so many people there. We all waited in line.. not too long.. the line was moving constantly. Very touching, sad, inspiring, small place it was. For dear Anne Frank and her family to hide. We walked all through the house. We saw the movable bookcase that lead us into history.. such a tiny door. Walking throughout the house were recordings of her Diary being read aloud, and at certain points there were video clips of more of Anne Frank's diary entries and different pictures and footage that associated with her story.
We saw her tiny little room and on the walls she hung cute little things that any young girl does to decorate a plain wall, newpaper/magazine clippings and pictures that she put up that made her happy and smile. There next to her bed was a tiny desk (the house is temporarily furnished, replicas) and her diary and pen. Where she jotted down her words that one day would tell the world of her brave heart and passionate will to live. Very inspiring and I'm glad I was able to go there.
We then made our way to the Dam Square. Big Square =) many people just walking, lounging, talking, laughing all around. Major photo op of course. Shopped around too. After that we went to the Torensluis Bridge (widest bridge in Amsterdam).
Anne Frank House
. took pictures.. jumped, hopped, and skipped all along it.. so much room to go around it.. lot's of silliness =) it was fun though. There were supposed mini-cooper rentals with blue jacket wearing men posted right by them.. we think it may have been our first M-H siting. But that's okay a cutie baby came and sat on our bench right after we left.. dammit we got up too soon. Though we were there for quite a bit, I think him and buddy just walked there too slow.. well darn.
Then came more walking and I believe more tramming and we found ourselves in the alleyway leading to the DamKring, the coffeeshop that was featured in Ocean's 12, and it was a unanimous decision to buy one their house special cakes =) to be consumed later. Right around the corner, or slightly nearby we felt the rumbly in our tummies so we chose to wine and dine at Kantjil and Detijger (Indonesian food.
. very yummy).
Then we were making our way home again but stopped at Albert Hein (their supermarket) and bought snacks and beverages I got 3 red bulls for only 2 euros each (pretty cheap compared to other places.. I Prague, i was lucky to have found a 2 euro red bull but only bought one.. regret that, I think I paid 4 euros for a red bull somewhere.. don't remember where.. but you can understand my excitement when I found the 2 euro per red bull and jumped at the opportunity to stock up ;) love it.)