Rainy Rembrandt Day
Off and on rain today made for some good indoor sights. I started by walking to the Rijks Museum where I saw paintings and artifacts from the Holland "Golden Age." Rembrandt paintings with their careful attention to lighting were a treat because they were full of emotion and everyday life scenes. This wasn't a huge-overwhelming type museum, so it made for an easy going, happy start to the day. Next I walked down the street and caught a canal tour on with the "Blue Boat Company" and sat in a glass enclosed boat all cozy warm while we toured the canals all around the city. Pirate ships, regal-grand houses, movable bridges, and more made it an interesting tour and a great way to see the whole city from a different perspective. From the docks I walked through the busiest shopping area of town and again repeated my mantra, "I have everything I need...I have everything I need..." though it was cool to see the different fashions and smile at all the funny T-shirt slogans. There was one store called Invotis (Inventions?) that had the funniest little gadgets for everyday life. I took some pictures of some of the funniest things I saw. When I reached the Train Station in the north end of Amsterdam, I turned around and headed back south toward the hostel. Time for a nice salad dinner, a glass of wine and some relax time. Went for a long walk before bed and enjoyed the crazy, but safe streets here in Amsterdam.
Tomorrow Plans: Maybe rent a bike and ride around Vondel Park, visit museums, 9 little streets shops, or waterlooplein flea market