Today we shopped... that is we visited two outdoor markets.
|We walked by the Rembrandt House on the way.|
Off we went then to Albert Cuyp Market on Albert Cuypstraat where there is a larger outdoor market that has mostly it seems all new things from buttons to fish heads, bolts of cloth to frilly dresses...
From here we made our way back to Museumplein to the Rijks Museum to see Rembrandt and friends.
On the way there we walked by Frederiksplein (remember plein is a square) where there was a stump of a tree that had been struck by lightning with the stump on one side of a wall and the rest of the tree on the other side. Both the stump and the fallen tree were burned black. Ok, now the amazing part is not that they left the tree and stump all burnt and charred but that when they built (or was it during a restoration) they laid the brick paving stones around the branches that were embedded into the earth when the tree was struck down during that thunder and lightning storm.
Once we made it to Museumplein where the Rijks Museum and the Van Gogh Museums are located we were ready for a rest and refreshment. So we sat in the sun and had two White Biers with lemon, a salad, fries (everything comes with fries and mayo here) and an elongated version of Bitterballen, a favorite afternoon snack of the Dutch.
|Like my new hat!|
There was a very impressive modern work though. This clock that you can watch time go by on as the artist erases and redraws the traveling hand of time. Fabulous piece!
We relaxed a bit on Museumplein before setting off to a brewery located next to the nearest walkable windmill in Amsterdam. It wasn't that near...
The brewery's the Brouwerij 't IJ at the end of Sarphatistraat (or at least it felt like the end of the earth from the Museumplein) where we had a five course beer sampler and then ordered our personal favorites.
Then a walk back along the Entrepotdok canal by newer town houses, by the "crying tower" Montelbaans Toren (we heard about this local name for this tower "the crying tower" from a local we stopped to talk to.
|The "Crying Tower".|
|Along the Entrepotdok canal.|
|Nemo as seen from shore.|