Amsterdam Day 2 - windmill, art and canals

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Barge of sand

I had breakfast at the hostel (I think), then made my way to Molen van Sloten. I wanted to see a windmill or tulips, as those seemed classical (or stereotypical) Dutch. It was the wrong season for tulips, so a windmill it is! I got a free entrance to Molen van Sloten with the city card, so that was where I headed next. It was a long, but scenic walk. I passed a barge going through a draw bridge, so I stopped to watch.

I arrived at the windmill right when they opened at 10 am. The Sloten windmill is one of 500 still working windmills in the Netherlands and the only one in Amsterdam open to visitors daily. There was a little guided tour and I was able to climb up inside to the platform and get some nice views over the surrounding area.

lift bridge
While up there, the wind changed direction and a couple of men manually turned the windmill so the blades were facing into the wind again. That was neat to watch. Inside were some displays, including a working model of a windmill. I met a girl touring there and we decided to meet up later for an evening cruise on the canals.

After the windmill, I went to the Rijksmuseum and browsed the wonderful Dutch art. From there, I stopped at the I Amsterdam sign and then went to the van Gogh museum. Between the two museums, I spent several hours – pretty much all afternoon. I really enjoyed both museums (I think). I know I liked the Rijksmuseum, but can’t really remember the van Gogh museum. You weren’t allowed to take photos at the van Gogh museum. From the museums (they were very near each other), I walked over to take a canal cruise.

Lift bridge - got lost on the way to the windmill
I must have had 2 free canal cruises, because I can’t imagine I would have paid for one when I got one free. There are several canal tour locations throughout the city and since this one wasn’t the closest one to the Rijksmuseum, it must have been a free one (like my logic?). I really can’t remember if I took 1 long cruise (2 hours) or 2 shorter cruises (1 hour each), but I think it was 2 different cruises of 1 hour each.

I took my first cruise during the day, so I could get better photos. We sat inside a low, flat boat with glass windows surrounding us. We passed the Anne Frank House and went out to the harbor behind Centraal station. We saw a brightly colored pirate ship looking boat, but I can’t remember what it was. We toured around the Het Ij (harbor) and went back in as the sun was beginning to set.

A windmill! I wanted to see one in the Netherlands
It made for some really nice photos. It appears that I took a night cruise about an hour after returning from the day cruise. I met up with Asrar, the girl I met at the windmill. The night cruises were really neat because the bridges are all lit up, with lights following the architecture of the bridge. Very cool, but really hard to get good photos in the dark with my digital camera. The lights of the bridges and buildings reflected off the water.

I don't recall what happened next, but I'm guessing I took another night train to Stuttgart, arriving in the morning, since my next entry suggests I was in Stuttgart by the next afternoon and without my overnight bag.

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Barge of sand
Barge of sand
lift bridge
lift bridge
Lift bridge - got lost on the way …
Lift bridge - got lost on the way…
A windmill!  I wanted to see one i…
A windmill! I wanted to see one …
My guide leading me to the windmill
My guide leading me to the windmill
The canal the windmill feeds on
The canal the windmill feeds on
Village of Sloten from the windmill
Village of Sloten from the windmill
Me by one arm of the windmill
Me by one arm of the windmill
Can put the sails up if necessary
Can put the sails up if necessary
Yay!  A windmill!
Yay! A windmill!
Artwork at the Rijksmuseum
Artwork at the Rijksmuseum
ceramics at the Rijksmuseum
ceramics at the Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
I Amsterdam sculpture
I Amsterdam sculpture
bench and dock from canal boat
bench and dock from canal boat
Anne Franks house from a canal to…
Anne Frank's house from a canal t…
Scenes from the canal tour
Scenes from the canal tour
Scenes from the canal tour
Scenes from the canal tour
I love this shot!
I love this shot!
Train station from the canal tour
Train station from the canal tour
Museum (other boat) as seen from o…
Museum (other boat) as seen from …
close up of big ship
close up of big ship
Amsterdam by night
Amsterdam by night
lighted bridge
lighted bridge
Lighted bridges
Lighted bridges
Me and Asrar on boat tour
Me and Asrar on boat tour
Amsterdam by night by boat tour
Amsterdam by night by boat tour
Amsterdam
photo by: pearcetoyou