Monday Jul 03, 2006

Back to Amsterdam

I was back (see here for my previous trip) in Amsterdam over the weekend and spent some time travelling on the Canals, it is a great way to see the city from a different angle.

Reguliersgracht

One of the buildings we saw from the boat was the St. Petersburg Hermitage's sister museum, the Hermitage, Amsterdam, so I gave it a little visit the following day. In any old city, each building has a story to tell and this one is no different, as its a converted almshouse. The Museum runs a series of exhibitions based on the fuller contents of the Russian Museum. The current show is about Silver Filigree, but interesting none the less. It was also an oasis to have lunch at as the town was very hot, and the museum, not desperately busy. Its also still under development.

I have to say I watched the England Game in the hotel room that evening. Words fail me!

The following day I went for a walk, had some lunch

A view up the Amstel

and then visited the Van Loon Museum, which is a preserved/restored town house of one of Amsterdam's (albeit republican) aristocracy. I finished off with a trip to the Van Gogh Museum. I've not been before, but even I can see why he's seen as a genius and ahead of his time. I enjoyed the fact that some of his contemporaries', both mentors and the inspired, pictures are shown.

I stayed near City Hall and the Waterlooplein, inside the Canal belt. Other pictures of the trip can be seen by viewing my Flickr stream (html) or my Flickr's Amsterdam set. You can also check out my Flickr's tag page. Also, if you look in my sidebar, or check out my del.ico.us, you'll see some links from the weekend, or for next time.

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Wednesday Jan 25, 2006

Blazing a trail, in europe & the 'net

It's odd to me that since the guardian launched its ivebeenthere wiki, I've preceded them to two european cities and they've published just after I've been. I spent some time in Amsterdam between Xmas & New Year. Am I their "cool hunter"? Yeah Right!

 

Amsterdam City Skyline

 

The Guardian launched its Amsterdam section over the weekend. While I was there I spent some time doing those touristy things, Museums, Canals and the Botanical Gardens. While Amsterdam is very pretty city, the weather was dreadful and it snowed while we were there. This had the advantage of covering the Vondelpark in a dusting of snow which made the park and the walks to the restaurants very pretty.

 

Vondelpark in the Snow

 

Amsterdam is very pretty city, (I don't think my pictures do it justice), its a veritable "Venice of the North". I was so surprised at the number of canals and its cosmopolitan atmosphere that makes it worth visiting. It also seems completely bi-lingual, making sense of what I was told about assuming that dutch telephone operators can be assumed to speak english without arrogance. Blush

Having over the last six months visited both Berlin and Amsterdam, my thoughts returned to idea of visiting London as a tourist, this has been reinforced by "Management Today" covering London in its "frequent flyers" article in December. More pictures here... at flickr.


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