Cold cold Amsterdam

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Javastraat, a multicultural street in the eastern part of Amsterdam

Normally when we plan a citytrip, we decide to go to a city out of The Netherlands. But why always go far when you have a beautiful city in your back garden? So this time we went to Amsterdam. Besides of the cold, i don't regret it. Before we started our trip, we had already made a plan of what we wanted to see and do. It wasn't all possible but we tried to stick to it. For that reason we started with a visit to the Hermitage. Because it was cold and snowy, that was a good choice. The exhibitions are always temporary here and the one at the moment contained paintings and drawings from the German Friedrich. I didn't like all of them but it was interesting enough to stay while the weather outside became worse and worse.

Dam square with the palace
It wasn't really comfortable when we had to walk out of the Hermitage again but on the other hand, the view of the city with the canals and boats was really stunning now. So we decided to enjoy it and tried to find the Rembrandthouse. I (and most Dutch people with me) have never been to this museum and i think you really have to go there. Especially when you're Dutch. We couldn't find it but hey, we enjoyed the landscape remember? When we finally did find the Rembrandthouse, we found out it was closed because of a change of exhibition. Too bad, but a good reason to go back again. So what we did, we went walking around a bit, taking photos of the canals. We ended up in the red light district where we had a drink in a typicle Amsterdam bar with Dutch music playing too loud, some single men drinking beers and talking to the chubby female bartender in too small clothes, screens with soccer on it and last but not least many drinking tourists.
Dam square
It's really amazing to see how all those red light district tourists are already drunk at 3 am. But it isn't a problem at all. They are having fun because they're drunk all day, i'm having fun because of them. Because we were in the typicle Amsterdam atmosphere, we decided to go on a canal cruise. It was difficult to find one, because of the weather i suppose but finally we found one. We were the only Dutch people aboard! We ended the day with a simple dinner and a pink prosecco in a gay bar where we went with friends. A great way to end the first day. Because of the prosecco we started the Sunday a little later then planned. The weather didn't change so we had to find an indoor activity again. Because Amsterdam is the city with most museums per square meter, we chose a museum again, the Van Gogh.
The so called 'skinny bridge'. It's the most famous bridge of Amsterdam
In this museum there's a regular collection and a temporary one. We visited the last one, 125 artworks with the theme 'Love'. All i can say about it is: go and see it. We spend 2,5 hours there. We wanted to see the regular collectrion as well but it was just too crowded and we were getting sleepy of all the art. So, it was time to leave the museum to get a drink. A friend told us there was a great winebar in Amsterdam and we went there. Indeed, it was great. I'm a real winelover so it was great to see the winelibrary (how they call it themselves) and to taste some of these great wines. 3 wines and some cheese later and 50€ less in my wallet we left the place to eat some Italian food and end the evening at the cinema. Today, the weather was better, i can even say honestly i've seen the sun :) That's why we went walking around a little and went shopping to buy presents for Sinterklaas (the Dutch but different version of Santa Claus). We really had an easy going day and are ready to start work tomorrow again! Or maybe not really....

 

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Javastraat, a multicultural street…
Javastraat, a multicultural stree…
Dam square with the palace
Dam square with the palace
Dam square
Dam square
The so called skinny bridge. It…
The so called 'skinny bridge'. It…
Seen from the canal crouse boat. I…
Seen from the canal crouse boat. …
Typicly Amsterdam
Typicly Amsterdam
The Nightwatch of Rembrandt in sta…
The Nightwatch of Rembrandt in st…
The back of the flower market
The back of the flower market
The Amstel river
The Amstel river
A swan in the red light district
A swan in the red light district
Dont you love the view?
Don't you love the view?
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