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Day One: After dropping your bags off your first stop is the Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl/en) – Daily: 9-5, Jan Luijkenstraat 1, 31 20 674 7000
The first-floor galleries have numerous wonderful maritime paintings, a gold goblet with an enameled maritime scene, a death mask and tomb model of a famous admiral, etc.
The upper galleries have Rembrandts including Nightwatch and four Vermeers. Other works of art that are displayed include paintings, sculpture, fashion, furniture and interiors.
There is an excellent time line of Dutch history featuring the accomplishments of historical figures.
Your next place to visit is The National Maritime Museum – Daily: 9-5, Kattenburgerplein 1, 31 20 523 2222
The Amsterdam maritime museum building dates from 1656 where it was constructed on an artificial island created in the Amsterdam harbor, Here the war ships of the Dutch Republic were equipped.
The star attraction is a replica of the three masted “Amsterdam”, a large vessel of the Dutch East India Company, which in its maiden journey to Batavia sank in a storm in the English Channel in winter of 1749.
Other permanent exhibits are a collection of maritime artifacts and several smaller collections on diverse themes.
Lunch is at De Kas – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 31 20 462 4562
The setting is in a greenhouse unless you opt for the chef’s menu, and then you are seated in the kitchen. Several options are available that include wine pairings, vegetarian and gluten free.
Examples of the menu are: creamy sauerkraut with roasted parsnip, carrots and Brussels sprout leaves, red pepper soup with mackerel, slow cooked pork belly with lentils and apples, veal with five types of tomatoes.
The wines are well chosen with many coming from Argentina. This is a gourmet dining experience.
The Van Gogh Museum – Daily: 9-6, F: till 10, Sa: till 9, Paulus Potterstraat 7, 31 20 570 5200 is a must see.
Van Gogh’s paintings are displayed in periods labeled: Early work, Paris, Arles, Saint Remy and Auvers. In addition to work by Van Gogh, the museum has a rich and varied collection of other 19th-century art.
The artists represented include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and others including Van Gogh’s friends and contemporaries, those who inspired him, and those who drew inspiration from him.
A poignant place to see is The Anne Frank House – Daily: 9-7, Prinsengracht 263-267, 31 20 556 7100
This is where Anne Frank wrote her world famous diary. It is a touching presentation.
Our cousin suggests a Dutch meal at Moeders (Mothers) – L: Sa,Su, D: Nightly, Rozengracht 251, 31 20 626 7957
Our cousin suggests splitting the Miss Pumpkin salad of mixed greens, roasted squash, figs, pastrami and almonds. Then the Dutch stew with smoked sausage and bacon or the spare ribs with fries and cabbage.
Dessert is the chocolate mousse with ice cream.
Day Two: Koffiehuis De Hoek – M-F: 8-5, Sa,Su: 9-5, Prinsengracht 341, 31 20 626 0830 is great for breakfast and people watching.
The coffee is the best and the pancakes are even better. They also have the usual omelets, eggs, ham and toast.
At the Museum of Our Lord in the Attic ( Museum Amstelkring) - M-Sa: 10-5, Su: 1-5, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, 31 20 624 6604 you’ll find a double blessing.
The first floors show a 17th century house including furnishings from that period. Upstairs is a hidden Catholic Church that was built during the Reformation when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services.
The Rembrandt House Museum – Daily: 10-6, Jodenbreestraat 4, 31 20 520 0400 is situated where Rembrandt lived and painted for twenty years.
The house has been redecorated with furniture, art and objects dating from the 17th century and there are daily demonstrations of etching and paint preparation that show you the way he worked.
You can see a collection of Rembrandt’s etchings as well as exhibitions showing work of predecessors and contemporaries.
Restaurant As – L: Tu-F,Su, D: Nightly, Prinses Irenestraat 19, 31 20 644 0100 is your lunch spot.
Share the charcuterie with hard sausages, Dutch cheese, pickled vegetables and toast. Next is the BBQ chicken with turnips and herbs or the whole roasted plaice with cauliflower, gherkins, leeks, borlotti beans and mussel vinaigrette.
Your wine is the ’11 Vire Clesse Chardonnay and dessert is the Bleu d’Evert with moutard and homemade bread.
For a change of pace and great water views our cousin suggests you visit the EYE Film Institute – Daily: 10 A- 11:30 PM. IJpromenade 1, 31 20 589 1400
The EYE is located on the northern bank of the IJ harbour. The Viennese firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects drew up a spectacular design for the building. It has four cinemas, plenty of space for exhibitions and meetings, a gift shop and a café.
The EYE is focused on the preservation of Dutch and foreign films. Its collection includes 46,000 film titles, 35,000 posters and 450,000 photographs. The earliest holdings date from the start of the film industry in the Netherlands in 1895.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – Daily: 10-6, Th: till 10, Museumplein 10, is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands.
Here you will see works by Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Charley Toorop, Max Beckmann, Jackson Pollock, Asger Jorn and Karel Appel.
Additional collections feature furniture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, posters, printed matter, and textiles from 1900 to the present.
Cousin Pietr says dinner is at Restaurant Greetje – D: Nightly, Peperstraat 23, 31 20 779 7450
Your starter is the terrine of halibut with beach crab jelly, pickled cucumber and green salad or the sliced pork loin with pickles and black truffle dressing.
For your main go for the oven roasted flounder filet with parsley crumb and vegetables in a white wine sauce or the braised veal with mashed potatoes and sausage.
The wine is the ’12 Faugeres Carignan Grenache and dessert is the raspberry cheese cake.
Day Three: De Bakkerswinkel Centrum – M-F: 8-5:30, Sa,Su: 9-5, Warmoesstraat 69, 020 489 8000 is a very good breakfast group.
You can’t beat their fresh breads served with jam, marmalade and lemon curd, but they also offer fried eggs, muesli with yogurt, scones and croissants.
The Museum Van Loon – W-M: 11-5, Keizersgracht 672, 31 20 624 5255 offers an opportunity to see a 17th century canal house, garden and coach house.
William Van Loon was a co-founder of the Dutch East India Company. The canal house was built in 1672. It has collections of paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver.
The formal garden is bordered by the coach house where historic coaches and harnesses are on display.
The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum) – Sa-M: 11-5, Tu-F: 10-5, Plantage Kerklaan 61A, 31 20 620 2535 offers a close look at how the Dutch reacted to the WWII German occupation.
The permanent exhibition takes you back to the forties. Walls full of photos that make up the décor of the Dutch Resistance Museum help evoke the climate of the war years.
The objects, photos and documents, film and sound fragments tell the history of people who lived through that period.
La Oliva Pintxos y Vinos – L & D: Daily, Egelantiersstraat 122-124, 31 20 320 4316 is a hot spot for dining.
Cousin Eduardo suggests the duck confit salad with mango and a berry dressing, the open faced tuna sandwich with a small salad or the pork loin sandwich with paprika and cheese.
The Pesquera Crianza-Tempranillo is a must. Have the apple pie and ice cream for dessert.
Visiting the Tropenmuseum – Tu-Su: 10-5, Linnaeusstraat 2, 31 20 568 8200 provides you with a multi-cultural experience.
Thousands of stories, fascinating art and intriguing objects bring cultures to life. The museum focuses on Africa, Latin America, Netherlands, New Guinea, India and Southeast Asia.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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