Chocolates, Rembrandt, and Heineken
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This morning we woke up early (well, around 9 am, which has been unheard of previously on this trip). We both took showers, which wasn't very refreshig considering we had to dry off with wet towels, since our laundry still hadn't dried. Our first stop of the day was the Pompadour, which was the chocolate tea room we had attempted to visit previously. Fortunately, we found the tea room opening and inviting this morning. We walked into the small room, which had a charming atmosphere. There were two display cases stocked with mouth-watering, yet sophisticated-looking, chocolates and a large variety of cakes and pies. We climbed up a few steps to an area with small tables and chairs, at which we sat to enjoy two cups of hot chocolate, which has been a staple on this trip.
After leaving Pompadour, we got out our map and headed to Rembrandthuis, which is the house that Rembrandt lived in and is now a museum dedicated to the famed artist. Some of the rooms in the museum were set up to resemble how they looked when Rembrandt lived there. The museum also contained some of his paintings and may of his etchings.
After leaving the Rembranthuis we walked back along Kalverstraat, trying to kill time before going to the Heineken Brewery.
Next, we were off to the Heineken Brewery, which was located off of Weteringcircuit. We went through all of the rooms, which totaled about 21 in all, that were a part of the "Heineken Experience." It was actually very interesting and there were several activities that you could do throughout the museum. In one room, we could have our picture taken and then emailed to people back home. Also, there were two different bars that you pass through. In the first bar, each person received one free beer, and in the second bar, you received two free beers. Since I am not exactly a beer person, Jason consumed most of my free beers! In the second bar we met another couple, Dave and Tracey, from Northern California, who we talked to for quite a while. We then ventured to the gift shop, where Jason bought a big mirror that hangs in bars and says "Heineken" and "Amsterdam" on it. Since it was quite large, we made an exhaustive search for a post office, where we planned to have it shipped back the the staes. Unfortunately, after a long walk, we learned that the post office was closed.
Near the end of the day, we finally made it to the Hardrock Cafe and then returned to Camping Zeeburg.