Losing time in Amsterdam
Of course, visiting a 'coffee shop' is a must for most people visiting Amsterdam. There are some fairly decent places, but please be careful. Lots of the cannabis sold is very strong, so u need to not smoke too much. Mix very litlle with tobacco, and see how it feels. Also, make sure that you don't smoke on an empty stomach, as cannabis causes hypoglycaemia ( your blood sugar falls very low quite quickly) and this often makes people faint. It'll help if you sip on Coke, orange juice while smoking.
Also, be warned that people have spent days in confusional fugues as a result of smoking too much. Be careful, get a good buzz and enjoy this really pretty city.
Ann frank house, Flower...
Ann frank house, Flower Market, Rejk Musuem, Van Gough Museum, Royal Palace. Take a Canal boat trip, this is a good way to see the city if you are there on a short break like us. Walk along the cobbled streets & along the canals. If you have the time you can take trips out to the surrounding bulb fields.
My first impressions of Amsterdam were not great. In fairness, we did walk from CS to Dam Square via Damrak, and this area is probably the most noisy and touristy in the city. We then went on to Damstraat and things didn't get much better, and I was beginning to think that everybody who had told me how great Amsterdam was must have been smoking something strange.
But on turning the next corner, we found ourselves on a quiet street, alongside a canal, with many of those pretty gable houses on either side. It was such a relief to find this street to counter our initial impressions. I later discovered that this quiet street was the southern part of Oude Zijds Voorburgwal, a street whose northern end is definitely not known for it's architecture or tranquility:))
I loved my visits to the Rijksmuseum and I would love to tell you a bit more about it, and give an impression of the collection. The information, and pictures of the paintings are from the website of the museum : http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/
The Rijksmuseum :
'With close on one million objects and 1.2 million visitors a year, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. It is perhaps best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch masters, with twenty Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period, including works by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. But the museum also houses art from the Middle Ages and from the 18th and 19th centuries. Another area of interest is the museum's collection of sculpture and applied art: furniture, glass, silver, delftware, busts, dolls' houses, tapestries, fashion and other decorative objects made in the Netherlands and Europe between the medieval period and the early 20th century. The Print Room (Prentenkabinet) regularly presents selections from the museum's vast, internationally famous collection of prints, drawings and photos. The Asiatic Art rooms contain objects from countries such as Indonesia, China, Japan and India. On Dutch history, the museum provides a survey of developments in the Low Countries from the 15th century to the Second World War, featuring items of historical interest, portraits, ship models as well as associated objects and works of art.
As you can see, there is a lot to see in this museum. So take enough time to enjoy it. I loved the 17th century Dutch masters, so that is the part of them museum I want to show you a bit more of.
on the canals......
there are numerous bridges all over Amsterdam. At almost every second street corner in the inner city there must be a bridge to pass a canal. On the bigger canals where bigger ships pass by some bridges have to be moveble as you can see on the photo. SOme do open like this, others trun right or left to open the way.