Night view from our hotel window.
The Flower Market. Note the cannabis starter kits on the bottom right.
In the 13th century a dam was built around the Amstel River to keep the Zuiderzee sea from inundating the city. Looking across Dam Square , the Royal Palace in seen in the background.
The city's older architecture is unique and varied.
The Munt (Coin) Tower was built in 1620. During 1672 when England and France declared war on the Dutch Republic, monetary coins were minted in the guard house of the tower. Today there is a Delft porcelain shop on the tower's ground floor.
Canal cruise boats waiting for passengers.
In the far distance is the central rail station.
Behind the central rail station's rather old front exists a very modern structure.
In front of the rail station are bikes, bikes, and more bikes. In the distance is a two-story bike parking area, also jam-packed.
The view, from a canal cruise, of more bikes parked behind the modern section of the rail station.
Canals are everywhere.
The rather odd white structure is a drawbridge. An old design, still in use today.
Shooting through the cruise boat's window caused the distortion. Because property taxes were based upon a building's width, they were built narrow, high, and deep. Since moving furniture up the stairs was impossible every building incorporates a beam having a pulley and rope for hauling.
Many of the buildings were topped with elaborate decorations.
The Church of Saint Nicholas seen from the canal cruise.
Apparently one way to escape paying property taxes is by living on a house boat. Most that we saw appeared to be permanent fixtures.
An extremely long, luxury "long ship," river cruise boat.
A parting look at cruising the canal.
Rusted but secured, a ubiquitous Amsterdam bike.
A major reason the restoration of the Rijksmuseum was delayed and ran significantly over-budget was this bike tunnel. In the old museum it ran through the museum, and was used extensively by bikers. The new design rerouted the tunnel, and Amsterdam bike riders protested so vehemently that a major redesign was required.
In the tunnel one definitely needs to look both ways before crossing the bikeway.
The museum's main lobby.
Looking up from the main lobby.
A truly amazing job of restoration.
One of a number of stained glass windows.
"Portrait of Johan de Witt," A. Quellinus, 1665. (Carrara marble)
A class of school kids in front of Rembrandt's "Night Watch."
"Night Watch," Rembrandt, 1642.
"Meagre Company ," F. Hals, 1637.
"The Syndics," Rembrandt, 1662.
Rembrandt's son, Titus, in a monk's habit, 1660.
"Conspiracy of the Batavians," Rembrandt, 1662.
A feature of this painting is how it captures perspective. The museum's long hallway bears a resemblance to this old painting.
"Burning of the English Fleet at Chatham," by W. Schellinks, 1667-1678.
"Children and Dancing Cat," by Steen, c. 1665
Beautifully made cabinet.
"Man in Oriental Dress," Rembrandt, 1635.
"Banquet at Crossbowmen's Guild," (celebrating the Treaty of Munster) by B. van der Heist, 1648. Notice that the two men, behind the man in black, and the fellow with the blue sash have the same face. Saving money on modeling fees, or triplets?
"The Battle of Waterloo," by Pienman, 1824.
"Battle of Terheide," Wm. van de Velde, 1657. Doesn't appear that anyone is having a good day!
Model of the man o'war, "William Rex" A. de Vriend, 1698.
Stern view of the ship.
A few old canons.
"Still Life with Gilt Cup," W.C. Heda, 1635.