Jerry and I went to the Van Gogh early this morning…got there early enough to get a picture of the I AMsterdam sculpture before the crowds arrived. Then Van Gogh..magnificent. What surprised me was how deliberate he was as an artist. He was constantly learning, constantly anazlyzing
his work, experimenting with color and design and taking clsses in drawing. I assumed he just kind of slapped paint on a canvas (just?) until he came up with something he liked. Not so. Love the museum. Loved the audio tour that went with it. Could have bought out the gift shop but
I controlled myself.
After the Van Gogh I wanted to go find Puccini Bomboni the chocolate shop Kate’s sister had recommended. Jerry had no desire to go searching for a shop somewhere downtown with a crazy woman who always gets lost. …especially since
we HAD to be back at the hotel by 2:45 to get the bus to the ship. So the smart one (that would not be yours truly) stayed in the museum area where there was marvlous open air market and the crazy one headed out to get that chocolate.
And I did get on the right tram(Number 2) going the WRONG way…got off, got one the right tram going the RIGHT way and then walked down the street the WRONG way, asked people for directions (thank God everyone here speaks English) and found the place. AND found the RIGHT tram (#16) to get back to the hotel (after waiting patiently at a tram stop where #16 NEVER goes. )And I did get back to the hotel in time…in plenty of time, I might add.
We’re on the ship…gorgeous and had a terrific dinner with lots of interesting people. And now I’m tired. I want to stay up to see the lights of Amsterdam when we pull out at 11:00 but I don’t know if I can do it. We need to get up at some ridiculous hour tomorrow morning if we want breakfast before the 8:30 tour of windmills. And then they keep us going until 10:00 tomorrow night. I’m going to get caught up on my sleep one of these days…not sure when. I’m thinking there might be time for a nap tomorrow afternoon before dinner.
Love to all…and yes, if you DO get to Amsterdam go to Puccini Bamboni. And the VAn Gogh. And the Anne Frank House. And the Resistance Museum. And the Rijksmuseum. And take a canal cruise.