|Saturday morning we left the Rotterdam with mixed feelings. Sorry in one way to leave our lovely cocoon but happy to be going to Amsterdam and then on our way home after our 2 months on the high seas.
We are in a nice hotel on Dam Square which is a great central location for walking around or taking the trolley buses. It has been raining ever since we got here and quite hard at times. It has made the wandering around not as much fun as it could be but we have made the most of it. After dropping our bags at the hotel we went for a wander around the rainy streets and found a nice little place for soup near the Red Light District – we didn’t realize we were so close to it.
In the afternoon we took the trolley to the Van Gogh Museum. There were mega line ups but we had booked a time and got straight in which was incredible with lines a block long. As well as the wonderful Van Gogh paintings there was an exhibition of works by Felix Vallotton (1865-1925). We did not know this artist but really liked his work. We were not allowed to take photographs unfortunately.
Sunday morning we were up bright and early to try and beat the crowds at the famous Rijksmuseum. This is a beautiful enormous building full of mostly Dutch art through the centuries. We headed straight for the Dutch Masters area, 1600-1700, with great paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer and others. The famous “Night Watch” by Rembrandt is displayed here. This took us 2 and a half hours so we decided to leave the rest for a future visit. We meandered back to the hotel by the pedestrian walkways,the canals and through shopping areas. It was raining quite hard so we needed to go into the shops to warm up.We really liked Amsterdam despite the rain and the crowds and I'm sure we'll be back.
We fly home tomorrow and it will be nice to be home again to think about the next adventures wherever they may be.