Tuesday 1 October 2019

Last day in “Dam” Amsterdam ❤️

We decided last night that today we would try to use the word dam as often as we could just for Fun!
Today we had tickets for The Van Gogh museum that would get us in at 9:30.  The graduated entry is a “dam” good idea.....as it makes for easier viewing without unlimited “dam” people!
All of us  “dam” girls are huge fans of Vincent Van Gogh.....as you will have no “dam” doubt noticed by this being the third Van Gogh  event we  have attended on this “dam” holiday. The museum is amazing, the largest collection of his work in the world. Myself and Jan, Joanie and Sandy are very familiar with much of the details of his life and works but never tire of  reading about him again.  The museum has some paintings we have never seen in original form before, and some we had also never seen at all.  The painting Van Gogh considered to be his best work is called The Potato Eaters, but his favourite was the painting of his bedroom.  I bought a cushion cover of that painting. Jan and Sandy bought books.
As the “dam” morning went on more and more people were entering the museum and of course there is no provision to make the earlier people leave.....us included. After about 2 1/2 hours we reluctantly left for a bite to eat before our next excursion.  We stopped at a Dutch pancake house for crepes with bananas and chocolate and shared a toasted sandwich.  At 2pm we had booked a canal boat ride with The Dam Boat Guys. They really are called the damn boat guys! Our boat was open to the “dam” elements, unlike some of the bigger boats which had see through rain covers, but which also carried loads of people and got the tour via a loudspeaker. Our boat had 10 guests and a personable guide with a good sense of humour.  It started off well with introductions and everyone saying where they were from. 4 were from Seattle, 2 from near Manchester in the UK and the four of us.  Ollie our guide was a “dam” Dutchman. He said smokers had to sit in the back, and 2 of the Seattle people sat there right away.....I think they may have had a joint. Anyway they were all “dam” good fun.  All was well till the “dam” heavens opened and out came the umbrellas......soon they were not enough so Ollie parked under a “dam” bridge and we got out the heavy all encompassing rain ponchos.  Once we were all covered up we set sail again.  The tour was 1 1/2 hours and took us to parts of Amsterdam we hadn’t gotten to. We did learn about some history of the canals, architecture and such.   Holland has a monarchy and the Queen of Holland was on a visit to Canada when she was expecting a child.....yes ,the child was born in Ottawa, Canada turned a part of the hospital into Dutch territory so that the infant could be considered Dutch born and an heir to the throne.   Every year on the date of the child’s birth the Dutch send tulips to Canada.  That’s “dam” special.
After our boat ride we went to Dam Square which is where the Royal Palace is.....and a large shopping centre where we went inside to see the architecture, and bought a few gifts to take home.
Returning to the street we made our way to a restaurant recommend by our boatman, but discovered a reservation would have been necessary. Back out on the dark wet street we went to an Italian place very near our hotel.  All in all we had a “dam” great day.
Tomorrow we hope to enjoy a delicious pancake at”The Happy Pig” and depending on the weather may get up to something else As Well!
We will be checking out of “dam” Amsterdam and checking in with KLM for our flight home .


At 2 October 2019 at 05:45 , Blogger Unknown said...

Sounds like you 4 pilgrims are having a dam good time ! Safe travels home.


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