Day 7 in Amsterdam – Wind Mills & Walking!

When we first arrived in Amsterdam we'd planned to rent bikes and spend a day biking into the countryside to see windmills. Unfortunately, it was a lot colder and rainier than anticipated so that plan didn't work out. However, there is one windmill on the East side of the city, not far from the Maritime…

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Day 7 in Amsterdam – Visiting Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum

Up front disclosure: this was the worst museum we visited in Amsterdam. And according to Wikipedia, it's famously bad: In 2013, there was a deadly shooting incident during the "Waterfront" festivity at the museum.[8]¬†For the next three months, the museum was not allowed to rent out its space. After 2013, the number of visitors started…

Day 6 in Amsterdam – Visiting the Hermitage Amsterdam

As you may have noted by now, we went to a lot of museums while we were in Amsterdam. Most of them were excellent - some of the best we'd ever visited. But not all met that standard. Enter: the Hermitage Amsterdam. The Hermitage Amsterdam is the sister museum of the famous Hermitage Museum in…

Day 5 in Amsterdam – Paddle Boating Through the Canals!

During our time in Amsterdam we often saw people boating through the canals. It's a relatively popular form of leisure transit. While locals seemed to treat their boats as picnic spots - spending time meandering down the canals while drinking wine and snacking - we also spotted many (presumed) tourists paddle boating. After spending a…

Day 5 in Amsterdam – Visiting the Stedelijk!

Amsterdam has a LOT of museums. The most popular is probably the Van Gogh Museum, which we did not visit because it required advance booking and/or booking a ticket to stand in line for a pre-scheduled time. We don't like to plan that kind of stuff ahead, so we skipped it. We'd also just seen…

Day 4 in Amsterdam – Visiting the Rijksmuseum!

We started out our fourth day in Amsterdam by visiting the Tulip Museum for a quick visit. We then walked south through the city to visit their flagship art "quarter". The section of the city has several museums, and on this day we visited just one of them: the Rijksmuseum. I'd read about this museum…

Day 4 in Amsterdam – Visiting the Tulip Museum!

If you've been following the news stories about bitcoin lately, you may have heard some references to tulips and Dutch tulip mania. Or perhaps you've been to the Ottawa Tulip Festival, connected to WWII and the Dutch love of tulips. Either way, it's more than just a flower, which is why we stopped by the…