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Greetings from Amsterdam - Part 3.

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.

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JUDYBUGS 6/28/2012 11:43AM

    Lucky you - seeing all those paintings. I would have been in heaven!

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MARTHAWILL 6/28/2012 7:38AM

    Brings back memories. I was born there and made a return trip about 30 years ago. So much to see every time you turn a new corner. I suggest visiting the town of Delft also.
Alle beste.

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OPALMOON 6/28/2012 4:20AM

    How wonderful to see so many magnificent paintings. You have been getting in a lot of steps along the way too! Glad to hear you are having such a great time, Ania!


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DMF2012 6/27/2012 4:33AM

    What a great trip - can't wait to see pics!

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JUDITH316 6/27/2012 12:40AM

    Beautiful, I love Delft Pottery, my friend, Henny lives in Lelystad, Holland, last time she came to visit me she brought me a tea set, candle holders, and two shoes all made in the Delft Pottery, I treasure these items, I have napkins and a tablecloth to match and when I put out my delft pottery I feel I'm right there in Holland with Henny, the Museum sounds lovely, wow, to be right there viewing the Art, I sure wish I were there, enjoy my friend... Thanks for sharing... emoticon emoticon

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FITKAT62 6/26/2012 10:08PM

  Ahhh! I wish I were there!

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L*I*T*A* 6/26/2012 9:43PM

    sounds.... emoticon

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MILLISMA 6/26/2012 8:11PM

    Sounds just wonderful!!!! emoticon

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PATJ7084 6/26/2012 6:31PM

    love Amsterdam, hope you are both enjoying your trip x

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PEGGYO 6/26/2012 6:26PM

    Sounds like you are having a great time.

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PHEBESS 6/26/2012 5:51PM

    Sounds like you're enjoying everything the Netherlands has to offer!!!!! Great art, lots of walking, good food!!!

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LINOVER 6/26/2012 5:02PM

    Sound like you are having a fantastic trip! Be sure to share pictures with all of us when you return!

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Greetings from Amsterdam #2

Sunday, June 24, 2012

We are staying in a nice hotel in the centre of town and no need to take public transport-trams to get around. The staff at our hotel is very nice and helpful and suggested we go to Volendam for the day.
Tuesday turned out to be a lovely sunny day & just perfect for our excursion by bus to Volendam. Can you believe that our first ever cruise, in summer 2006 from Vancouver to Alaska was with Holland-America Lines on "Volendam" emoticonWhat a coincidence!
It was a 30 min bus ride to Volendam, a small fishing town that looks like it was in the olden days. Lots of tourists, like us, walking around the town admiring the architecture.
After lunch decided to take a ferry to Marken, even a smaller old fishing town/village. It was so sunny on the ferry that I burned my nose though I put sunscreen in the morning.
After walking around both towns I was happy to get back on the bus to Amsterdam

Was very tired but had to change to go to an early dinner and then to The Concertgebouw to hear Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven & Mahler.
Really enjoyed the concert and especially having a complimentary drink when we arrived and another at intermission. Very civilized of them, haven't heard of this custom anywhere else in the world. With our concert tickets we also got a free ride on the trams there & back!

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JUDYBUGS 6/28/2012 11:41AM

    That answers that question - how the concert was. emoticon I like the complimentary drinks idea although I don't drink. I'd have had a diet coke if that counts as one. And the free ride - gee!

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PYNETREE 6/25/2012 8:27AM

    Wonderful trip! Enjoy...stay safe and healthy!

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INGMARIE 6/25/2012 7:22AM

    sounds like you had a great time. emoticon

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DMF2012 6/25/2012 4:44AM

    The concert sounds like a wonderful experience.

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TRUCKERWIFE2 6/24/2012 11:11PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip.

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OPALMOON 6/24/2012 10:57PM

    It sounds like you are having a marvellous time in Amsterdam, Ania! So glad you enjoyed the concert and the included extras. The towns you visited sounds lovely. Hope you keep having lots of fun on your trip!

Hugs, Nattacia

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MILLISMA 6/24/2012 9:32PM

    Oh, how nice to get the complimentary drinks. That is unusual. With beautiful weather....who could ask for more.


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PHEBESS 6/24/2012 7:29PM

    Sounds lovely!

I've been to Volendam, too!

And if you can get to Zaandam (I think that's the name) - that's across the river from the Droste factory, so it smells like chocolate - and they have a lot of working windmills, as well as craft shops so you can watch someone paint ceramics, or make wooden shoes, or grind pigment for paint - very interesting little town!!!

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MARYELLEN301 6/24/2012 5:56PM

    Seems some areas of the world are a bit more civilized than others! emoticon Bet you can'r wait to get your arms around those granddaughters though! have a great time!

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FITKAT62 6/24/2012 5:26PM

  Glad you are enjoying yourself. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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L*I*T*A* 6/24/2012 4:24PM

    sounds like an awesome time...........
blessings and hugs...lita

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Greetings from Amsterdam.

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 emoticon
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.

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JUDYBUGS 6/28/2012 11:37AM

    How was the concert? Would have loved that!!

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MILLISMA 6/24/2012 9:29PM

    Glad you trip there went well despite the hours. Sorry about your suitcase. That happened to one of mine and the track that the handle slides back into was bent.
Nice to read about your trip!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/23/2012 7:46PM

    how fun! I have heard so many stories, I have never been there. None of the stories are something I can repeat so I look forward to your version of Amsterdam emoticon

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INFLATED 6/19/2012 3:09AM

    I would like to see where Ann Frank lived and also Corrie Ten Boom. I don't know if the public is allowed to visit where she lived. She hid 5 Jews in a fake closet in her bedroom. Her father, sister and Corrie were all taken by the Gestapo. Her father died before he was put into a concentration camp and her sister died in one, Corrie lived and wrote many books. I think she lived in Haarlem.


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PHEBESS 6/18/2012 6:45PM

    Ooooh, Amsterdam is wonderful!!!!

And my luggage has a button to push to make the handle go back down - maybe that's the problem? (Took me a while to find the button, it's on the top of the handle itself. I felt like a dunderhead when I finally figured that out!)

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L*I*T*A* 6/18/2012 6:24PM

    any room in your suitcase???
enjoy the concert....
happy and safe travels..
blessings and hugs............lita

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INGMARIE 6/18/2012 6:15PM

    Love Amsterdam, had a great time there a few years ago
Enjoy the consert.
I beleive you are going to Norway as well? by boat? or car?

There is a "highway" there called the atlantic road it is also as a short snippet on U tube. emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 6/18/2012 6:05PM

    I love Amsterdam! Have you been to the Reich Museum? The concert sounds fabulous and the trams are great fun. Have a lovely time and don't forget to visit Rembrandt's little house.
Hugs Ellen

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 6/18/2012 5:29PM

    Wishing I was there!

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GOANNA2 6/18/2012 5:25PM

    Glad you are having fun and I hope that you enjoy the concert.
Sorry to hear about your suitcase - I hope you get it fixed soon.
Have a great time.
Anna emoticon

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OPALMOON 6/18/2012 5:07PM

    Hi Anja,

Glad you arrived safely and are enjoying Amsterdam. The concert tomorrow night sounds great, even better with the freebies thrown in! I hope you can get your suitcase fixed before you get back on a plane - you have over a month, so one would think you will find some place that can help. Take care and have a great time!

Hugs, Nattacia


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One more sleep and then I am off!!!

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. emoticon

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 emoticonfor 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.

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JUDYBUGS 6/28/2012 11:35AM

    Wow! That's an amazing vacation. Hope the grandchildren let you sleep a while when you get to their place but I'm sure you won't want to right away. The cruise sounds wonderful.

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INFLATED 6/17/2012 10:08PM

    Have a wonderful time!

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GRACIEC 6/17/2012 12:29PM

    Another fantastic adventure! Enjoy every minute - especially with those grandkids!

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BESEVEN 6/16/2012 11:21PM

    What a wonderful vacation. Please post pictures so some of us who never get to go anywhere can enjoy it vicariously!

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ROCKYCPA 6/16/2012 12:54PM

    Sounds great - what a wonderful trip. Enjoy yourself and your family!

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OPALMOON 6/15/2012 11:40PM

    Wow, Anja! That is one amazing holiday you have lined up! Have a wonderful and safe trip!

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FITKAT62 6/15/2012 9:01PM

  Sounds like an amazing trip. I love to travel. I'm jealous!
Have a great time!

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MARYELLEN301 6/15/2012 5:10PM

    Have a WONDERFUL trip Ania! So many places I've not been to, Makes me want to add to my bucket list. Scotland has been there for about 45 years now! One of these days! I just booked Antarctica for next February! I'm not getting any younger and it's not getting any cheaper, so I bit the bullet and booked it! Enjoy your travels. Looking forward to reading all about your adventures. Be safe.


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INGMARIE 6/15/2012 3:46PM

    Woohoo I really hope you have a great vacation , Iceland and the Norweigan fjords are beautiful,nice time to travel in Europe too.

Have Fun. emoticon

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PHEBESS 6/15/2012 3:14PM

    Sounds wonderful - have a fabulous time!!!!!!

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BIBS4664 6/15/2012 2:35PM

    What a wonderful vacation!!!

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PEGGYO 6/15/2012 10:38AM

    have a great time.

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L*I*T*A* 6/15/2012 10:24AM

    what a fantastic holiday!!!
enjoy and looking forward to your photos....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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FUTUREHOPE49 6/15/2012 10:19AM

    Have a wonderful time! Hope we can meet at Southamprton! It sounds like you are going to be very busy!

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Nymphomaniac Convention!

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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INFLATED 6/17/2012 10:07PM

    I burst out laughing and can't type for my laughter. A man and his ego...

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    emoticonToo funny!!!

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    Hahahahaha, love this one!!!

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