The next morning we said goodbye to all the new friends
we had made aboard the MS treasure and disembarked the ship. Luckily for us
our vacation wasn't over quite yet, we had added on a couple
of extra days to enjoy all the fun that Amsterdam had to offer.
After moving out of our dreamy river boat home
we moved into this beauty of a hotel, The Amstel.
It is a gorgeous hotel and has the most wonderful views
of the Amstel canal.
This was my room, isn't it adorable?!
And this was the view of of my window
On our first day on our own,
we headed straight for the floating flower market!
This set of floating stalls is located in the heart
of the city, we would learn that pretty much everything
and anything we wanted to do was right next to this market.
The very last shop we went to
had the most stunning flower canopy
I could not take enough pictures of it
The Royal Delft experience is located right
at the end of the flower market. We went
there to learn about how this traditional art form is
made and to find a piece of Holland to take home
I thought this vase was the
prettiest thing in the shop the minute
we walked in, so I got it
as my keepsake from our visit to Amsterdam.
As we were checking out, the cute lady checking us
out, who happened to be one of their world renowned artists,
exclaimed that this was one of the pieces that she had hand painted!
what a special coincidence, I had to snap a photo with her
and her one-of-a-kind artwork.
We stopped to get lunch at the exquisite American Cafe.
Some mischievous person had filled the fountain right in front
with bubbles, so we had an endless show of thrilled children and
curious adults who all stopped to play with the mountains of bubbles
while we dined on the patio.
Another museum that is a must see in Amsterdam
is the Vincent Van Gogh museum. Vincent and I have a very special
relationship, I spent hours reading his letters for a research paper
in college, and through his letters this sweet, tender yet tortured soul found his way
into my heart. The Christmas after I did all the research, my mom gave me
the complete collection of Van Gogh's letters, and I am in love with them.
This picture of almond blossoms is, hands down, my favorite
of all his works. I love it so much because it is mentioned in many of the letters that Vincent wrote to different members of his family. He painted this gorgeous painting for his nephew, who had been named after him. Theo and Jo, Vincent's brother and sister in law, hung it above their baby boy's crib. Jo later wrote that her son looks at his uncle's paintings with a great deal of interest, especially this one. So precious!
Pictures weren't allowed in the museum but I just couldn't resist sneaking just a few.
There happened to be a special exhibit of pictures of Van Gogh's world.
A photographer had traveled to all the places of Vincent's life and
documented the world he lived in decades after his death. It was fascinating.
There were example's of Vincent's paintings next to some of the photographs.
I attempted to take more photos but none of them turned out, but you can kind of get the idea.
I thought this was hilarious and I was surprised that I had
never seen it before during all of my studies. Van Gogh painted this
during an art class that was teaching anatomy, he added the cigarette
as a way to stick it to the teacher.
Vincent Van Gogh: The Original Hipster
For our last dinner in Amsterdam, and in Europe for that matter,
we decided to go with an Indonesian rice table. These are crazy popular
in Amsterdam, if you ever find yourself visiting this city, you have to
try one of these!
You order a set rice table, and it includes about 15 different
dishes. It's like tapas to the max. They bring table top stoves to your table
to keep everything warm while you enjoy
all the fun and exotic flavors
The one and only picture from this whole trip of all of us together
This was the second best meal of the trip,
right after the lunch we enjoyed in Regensberg.
After dinner we walked along the canals
and enjoyed the warm summer air
and the beautiful views of the canals
all lit up
The next morning
we boarded a flight back