Tuesday, June 26, 2012
On Wednesday 20th after another great breakfast we went to Hermitage, Amsterdam.
It is a fairly new gallery that's connected with Hermitage, St. Petersburg in Russia and they exhibit paintings and sculptures in Amsterdam.
The present exhibition is called Impressionism and we saw world-famous paintings by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Delacroix, Gaugin, Cezanne and others. A great overview of more than five decades of French painting. Those beauties have been laying hidden in the vaults of the Russian museum for almost 2 centuries.
After lunch we took a bus tour to Delft and it's famous pottery factory, the capital-Hague and then to the lovely miniature town of Madurodam.
Another busy and tiring day with over 16,000 steps walked!
On Thursday, before breakfast I did my 20 min resistance band workout. I try to do it every other day, about 3 times/week. I don't get a chance to do any other form of ST while on holidays.
After a delicious breakfast included in our accommodation charge, we walked over to Rijksmuseum. Spent almost 3 hours admiring some of their collection of 17th Century Dutch painting and sculptures.
The Rembrandt paintings were just amazing including The Night Watchmen and his self portraits.
After lunch we walked across Museum Plein to the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous Dutch artists of all time. He was only active as an artist for 10 years: from 1880 until his death in 1890. In those 10 years he produced about 800 paintings, over 1000 drawings as well as a large number of watercolours, lithographs and sketches in letters.
At the Museum shop I bought myself a gorgeous silk scarf after his painting "Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Arles" and didn't forget my GD's, getting them some colouring pencils and highlighters.
Then it was a walk back to the hotel and a visit to a laundrette, luckily not far.
Tonight went to dinner to a traditional Dutch restaurant Haesje Claes.
Monday, June 18, 2012
This is our second evening in the centre of Amsterdam. From leaving our home to arriving at our hotel here was 38 hours! It's a nice hotel, very friendly staff and our room is big and comfortable. This morning's breakfast was
Been doing a lot of walking, nice and sunny yesterday but rain this a.m. Umbrellas came in handy. Walked to Anne Frank's House but the queue/line was sooo long that we decided to do it first thing in the morning. I asked a girl how long she was waiting till she got to the front door and she said about 45 min!
Walking past The Concertgebouw I saw that Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is having a concert tomorrow night of Mahler's 'Song of the Earth' and Beethoven's 8th Symphony so bought a couple of tickets. Got a pleasant surprise, they give 2 complimentary drinks and a free tram ride to and from the concert hall. Really great deal, don't you think?
I do have terrible luck with my suitcases. Last year twice I had it replaced because of the damage done by the airlines. This time I bought a new Samsonite Duffle, very light and I figured it will last me for many more trips. Well....when I got to my room and tried to press the pull-out handle down it won't go. I don't know what to do, it can't stay permanently in the extended position because it will be damaged/broken by the airline handlers.
Unfortunately, there's no Samsonite repair shop here in Amsterdam.
Our next plane trip is not until 25th July. Maybe it will get fixed by then, fingers crossed.
Friday, June 15, 2012
It's my bedtime but I wanted to blog about my holiday.
It's that time of the year when we fly to UK, I call it our annual pilgrimage.
This time we're going to Benelux countries first for 3 weeks, then a 2 week cruise to Iceland and the Fjords AND THEN to Scotland to see our beautiful granddaughters.
We fly out tomorrow lunchtime to Brunei, stop for 3.5 hours then onto Dubai, another couple of hours stopover and then fly to London. We wait for almost 6 hours before catching a plane to Amsterdam. By the time we arrive at our Amsterdam hotel, it might be 35-40 hours since we left home, lol.
We have 5 days in Amsterdam, then a couple of days in Liege, Belgium, 3 days in Luxembourg City, then going west to northern France, Amiens and Villers-Bretonneux where our soldiers fought in WW1 and see the Australian National Memorial.
From there we go a bit north to Brussels and spend 6 days visiting Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp.
This is the end of our European vacation and we take the Eurostar to London and then a train to Southampton to catch our for a 14 days cruising around Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords.
We're back in Southampton for a few days and travelling around the south of England. Then it's time to visit the family in Scotland! WooHoo!!!
Can't wait to kiss and hugs the girls! It's been a year since I did it last.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized she was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his.
Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, "Business trip or pleasure?"
She turned, smiled and said, "Business. I'm going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston. "
He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs.
Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business role at this convention?"
"Lecturer," she responded. "I use information that I have learned from my personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality."
"Really?" he said. "And what kind of myths are there?"
"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait.
Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Jewish descent who are the best.
I have also discovered that the lover with absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck."
Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she said, "I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don't even know your name."
"Tonto," the man said, "Tonto Goldstein, but my friends call me Bubba."
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