It's been raining the last couple of days. And even with the chill the streets are still charming and keep you wanting to stay on them. But I have to say that the food vendors are a major added bonus.
Art wise, it was such an incredible day. It started off with the Rijks museum, where their collection has about 5 Vermeer's. Of course we were all in awe at seeing such rare pieces. The Love Letter has always been one of my favorite paintings of his. Up close the colors were so vivid and unlike anything I had imagined. They also had a good amount of Jan Steen, who I recently wrote an essay on. More and more, I appreciate his daring use of humor. After that we went to the Rembrandt House…yes THE Rembrandt house. After the euphoric, light shining down entrance we had a guided tour throughout the entire house. The house was a traditional home with most of his original décor. The main highlight was walking into his personal studio. It was such an honor standing in his sanctuary and seeing his old easel. Next to it was his student's studio where he placed his selected apprentices.
Walking to dinner we learned quickly that they have killer bicyclists here who have the right of way, even over cars. They are like a heard of speed cyclists competing in a race. You have to look both ways, close your eyes, cross the road and hope to make it out alive.
The funniest thing yet was my public bathroom experience. At some places here you have to pay money to use bathrooms, so my friend Shelly and I paid our 50 cents and went on in. They were nice, but then when we got into our own stalls -- I NOTICED IT WAS SEE THROUGH!! The doors were clear glass doors (like a shower door) with a mirror on the opposite side! After we both recognized that we could see each other we laughed so hard -- I told her that I just paid for my own red light peep show!
It's been a great trip so far…Hope all of you are well.