Amsterdam Day 3: Saturday 4th April

::Saturday::
Breakfasted on more bread and cheese.  Europe can be a hard country to dine in.  Stepped outside to chilly weather, had been raining overnight. Was quite chilly.  We headed off on our bikes to the Rejikmuseum.  Bike to it, then through the little archway, parked our bikes with the hundreds that were already parked, and headed in.    Stayed till about 1pm, lots to see.

 

Tulips!
Tulips!
I am amsterdam
I am amsterdam. We managed to get a picture with a few people, why does everyone want photos here??!
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum

 

It was a lovely building, very pretty, both inside and out.  Lots of amazing paintings.  Lots of people too.

Still life with a turkey pie, by Pieter Claesz
Still life with a turkey pie, by Pieter Claesz
The milkmaid, by  Johannes Vermeer
The milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer
The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Everyone is watching The Night Watch, by Rembrandt van Rijn.
Everyone is watching The Night Watch, by Rembrandt van Rijn.
A ship!
A ship!
The Battle of Terheide, Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten, 1653 - 1666
The Battle of Terheide, Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten, 1653 – 1666
City Walls in Winter, Willem Schellinks
City Walls in Winter, Willem Schellinks
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A very old library, that you can still use today
A painting that looks like a marble carving.  Allegory of Fame, Gerard de Lairesse, 1675 - 1683
A painting that looks like a marble carving. Allegory of Fame, Gerard de Lairesse, 1675 – 1683
A room in a dollhouse
A room in a dollhouse
Delftware, ceramic made in Amsterdam
Delftware, ceramic made in Amsterdam
Delftware
Delftware
Amazing wood panelled boxes
Amazing wood panelled boxes
Carafe and dish with citrus fruit, Van Gough
Carafe and dish with citrus fruit, Van Gough
A windmill on a polder waterway, known as "In the month of July", by paul joseph constantin gabriël
A windmill on a polder waterway, known as “In the month of July”, by paul joseph constantin gabriël
 Weve totes been to Rouen, here is a painting in Amsterdam:  The Quay de Paris in Rouen, Johannes Bosboom, 1839

Weve totes been to Rouen, here is a painting in Amsterdam:
The Quay de Paris in Rouen, Johannes Bosboom, 1839

Went to burgermeester for lunch, quite good.  They sell ‘mini burgers’, so you can buy three of those, in different flavours, instead of one big one.  Very good. Burgers.

Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
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Mac’s Bikes, where we hired our bikes from.

 

A canal
A canal
Teeny tiny burgers
Teeny tiny burgers
Teeny tiny!
Teeny tiny!

Then went and saw a windmill, The Grooyer.  It has a brewery/bar next to it, with tons of people lunching.  It was built in the 1600’s, was moved around a bit, and renovated a few times.  It was used to grind corn during WWII, when there was no power.  It is apparently the tallest wooden mill in Amsterdam.  The blades still work well, but it no longer grinds anything.

Windmill
Molen De Gooyer. Originally constructed in the 1600’s, and is the tallest wooden mill in the Netherlands.
Dale is lost
Dale is lost
Buildings
Buildings
Resident duck, whom everyone feeds
Resident duck, whom everyone feeds
Some boats are not well cared for
Some boats are not well cared for
Birds
Birds
Yay!
Yay!
Giant tables
Giant tables
Bikebikebike
Bikebikebike
Very cuby building.  and a tram
Very cuby building. and a tram
Faroshuz horse
Faroshuz horse

Biked around a bit, went to an island via some bridges, and admired the lovely bike lanes everywhere.  Missed the rain, as we were in the supermarket (buying more bread and cheese).  Went home about 5pm and had a nap.

Set out about 8.30pm to go find dinner.  A very pleasant bike ride across town, to a restaurant called Seasons.  Overall, a very good experience.  A little pricey, but the food was scrumptious, and the service excellent.  Food came out in a timely manner, and they were happy to cater to special requests.

After dinner, which ended just after 11pm, we headed over to the red light district for a wander.  It was definitely interesting.  There were a lot of people., though the general crowd had changed from tourist groups and a few families, to rowdier people out for the nightlife, and a few simply curious tourists like us.
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, so it is all out in the open..as in, literally the girls will lounge around in front of their shop front full-length windows, winking and smiling to entice people over.  There is a lot oc skin showing, but somehow all the important bits are covered.  Even if only with suspenders.
Most windows are basically a full length glass door, usually with thick and heavy curtains, a stool or chair, and a red light above.  Not much else.  A display window, if you will.  When the woman is looking for customers, her light is on, and curtains are open.  They don’t let just anyone into the door, I saw a few talking to them, and then the door closing and them moving on their way.  If you’re rude or rough, they call security on you.

It was a little surreal biking home, through the outskirts of the red light district..  There were still plenty of locals biking around, lots of people out in the streets, and windows with red lights and girls.  No pictures though, they don’t appreciate pictures!

 

Old and new
Old and new
Bike lanes
Bike lanes

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