Peggy slept, recuperating from the fall last evening on the street outside the hotel. So John stayed in and didn’t go walkabout. We went together for breakfast at the hotel around 9:00 and hit the high period for guests. Lots of people and few tables but John snagged one as people left and bussed the dishes etc and reset the table. Then the issue was getting up to the coffee and tea machine (located in a corner with a long line out front) to take whatever we can get. The food is actually pretty good (other than the sausages) and we had a nice breakfast.
Then off to Van Gogh Museum for our prescribed visit. We arrived a few minutes early and went into the Modern Art Museum shop for a colorful pair of socks. On the way out we were approached by a woman doing a survey for the museum asking our impressions. We had a nice conversation with her about the dark nature of much of the newer objects and we agreed that the world is a darker place now and is reflected in the art. Most interesting.
Into the Van Gogh Museum where Peggy saw paintings
that she had never seen before and like them … to the point where she purchased a few postcards of the pieces (since you can’t take pictures). The place was packed with people, a very popular place for both tourists and locals. Imagine that Van Gogh came back and saw this incredible museum and how many people paid a lot to get in to see his paintings when he – like Rembrandt – was barely able to make ends meet in life. Very sad and very educational. When we become great artists in our own right, we’ll fake our deaths and have our estate collect the massive monies we’ll make! Great plan, now to come up with an art or literature focus that we can actually use as a basis.
After Van Gogh we wandered past the antique print shop from yesterday and got into a wonderful conversation with the owner. His son served us yesterday and he remembered the calls to us. As a gift he made a calligraphy drawing of our names intertwined while regaling us with Dutch history and culture. He had some very good points. His theory of why the Dutch are so worldly and
supportive of all people is that they HAD TO WORK TOGETHER when they recaptured most of the country from the sea. The energy of cooperation and acceptance has never left. And interesting theory and one that seems to fit the current culture. People – so far on our trip in Amsterdam – are warm and accepting and thoughtful and environmentally conscious.
After leaving Peter, the print seller, we made our way to a quick local bar where Peggy had veal croquette and John had chicken on a stick. Two local dishes that don’t make a deep impression but are filling. Caught the tram to a few blocks from the Maritime Museum, which is locate right on the harbor overlooking many barges and “houseboats”. It was a nice museum with a focus on the Amsterdam Harbor and its many activities and ships. There was even an e-ride simulation of flying out to the North Sea and then coming back on a container ship, landing, being transported to a shop and then served to a customer. Interesting and fun. The model ships were the best exhibit, with their detail and stories. The ultimate model was a full-size copy of a trading
ship from the 1600s at a dock out back.
We walked back to the hotel, having a beer on the way, and – after getting someone to clean our room at past 6:00 PM – settled in for night. The only hitch was a sad shift in our thinking about Amsterdam as Camelot: the afternoon weather report predicted that it would start raining at 4:59 but it actually started at 4:52. Deeply disturbing!
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