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Arriving in Amsterdam - Day 1 and 2

Posted Apr 19 2013 3:17am
The flight to Amsterdam was harder.  Another 12 hours, but it was packed and not much leg room compared to Air New Zealand.  The behind seat movie/game screens were broken so there was nothing to keep me occupied.  So it felt like a long flight.  I did try to sleep but no sleep came.  So I was pretty tired when I landed.

Anne was at the airport to meet me.  Schipol Airport is great in the fact you can look through the glass and see the arrivals.  Went straight through customs and I was there!  Whoop :)

A quiet night in and an early night that first night.

Yesterday I decided to head to the Rijksmuseum.  It had just opened after 10 years of being closed for refurbishment where they spent 375m euros.  It was great - but they had no interactive guide for the deaf or hearing impaired, and the printed guide was only in dutch.  I heard so many people ask for it in French, English etc...

However, it was amazing.  The Netherlands Louvre.  And it concentrated on the Dutch masters and history of the Netherlands in Art.

To get there I decided to walk as it wasn't too far from Anne and Jori's apartment.  Grand houses lined hte canal, and new spring growth on the trees...

Big circular planters of tulips in the water feature - they were lovely, although they were being blown about a bit as it was very windy.

Inside the Museum I was able to take images without flash of some of the artworks.  The exhibitions started in the middle ages and went through to current day.  This is a genealogy book of the royal families around the world.

Portraiture of a group of tailors (I think - forgot to photograph the sign).  However what was important about this artwork was each of the men were doing something with their hands which made it different from other portraits.  I included the woman looking at it as she was also doing something with her hands!

The battle of Napoleon...

 The town Hall on the Dam Square.  I'll get a photo of this later in present day :)

In the maze of rooms, I happened to stumble across the original museum library, showcased in its origial form.  It was simply amazing....

This is the present queen - Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands, and this artist was Andy Warhol.  One of my favourite artists... In about 10 days, Queen Beatrice is stepping down and the new King will be brought in.  Anne has already given me lots of orange clothing to wear on Queens day!

Fishing for Souls is the next painting - on the left are the Protestants, and the Right are the Catholics.  It is a work depicting the differences of popularity at the time between the two...

I managed to get the reflections of the huge stained glass, in the glass doors leading into the Rembrandt hall.  I tried to wait until the two girls had let, but then realised they were doing me a favour so kept them in.

The ceiling of the buildings was wonderful - glass and wood and gave lovely lighting onto the floor below...

I did see waves on the canal though - that's how windy it was...

I had a rest in the afternoon, then when Anne came home we headed out for a walk round Amsterdam shopping centre.  It was fantastic.  The shops and streets are wonderful.  I missed so much last time I was here.  We then went for a drink in a cafe/bar in a shopping area that gave me a view over Amsterdam.  That was great - but haven't uploaded the photos yet!!!

More to come...
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