Monday, January 24, 2011

Last Full Day in Amsterdam

A Flea Market and Amsterdam's City Museum 

Before I begin, let me express profound sorrow to the families of fellow travelers killed or injured in the Moscow airport explosion today. Words fail me.

Today, based on advice from our bike guru (Mike) we changed plans and elected to pass on the Rijksmuseum. Mike pointed put that although they are charging full ticket prices (50% more than the Louvre?!), much of the museum is actually closed during a mega asbestos abatement, renovation, and expansion program. So we opted instead on Amsterdam's City Museum.  

But first we joined lots of locals visiting the Monday Noordermarkt. This is the farmer's market / flea market next to Amsterdam's Noorderkerk (North Church). We found an amazing amount of old records, books, used clothes, and new cloth for sale (people here must still sew.)  

The walk to get there along the Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal) with the sun peeking through the clouds here and there was very nice. Along the way we saw a blue heron, tour boats, and kids on paddle boats.

Urban Widlife Along the Canals

More Street Art

Sigh... A Lovely Old Citroen

Between the market and the museum we made an impromptu stop in a bakery that featured cupcakes (Miss M was very happy.)

A Milla Vanilla With Chocolate Sprinkles

The Amsterdam City Museum is housed in a re-purposed orphange. It features history, art (including some Rembrandts!) and featured a temporary exhibition of Amsterdam's current men's fashion scene. 

We finished the day with another terrific dinner at the best deal in Amsterdam - the upstairs "La Place" food court in the V&D Department Store. We had a wood fired pizza, cranberry tart, and a big juicy, cooked to order, burger w/frites (dinner for two for 20 Euros!)

We then made a quick stop at the Jamin Candy shop and called it a day. 

So Many Choices...

Tomorrow we have some time to take a morning walk in the Vondelpark. Then it is off to Station Centraale to catch a train to Bruges via Brussels.

Amsterdam is a truly lovely and unique city. In the words of the old Apple ad they "Think Different" here, it seems to be working.

Roadboy's Travels © 2011

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