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Oud Zuid

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  • Day76

    Modern Art and Rijstaffel

    July 21 in the Netherlands

    Yesterday we had a relaxing day sitting around the house after all of the hustle and bustle of the week. In mid-afternoon we set out for the Stedelijk Museum of modern art. We met up with Sjoerd and Martha in the museum bookstore and spent three hours wandering among the exhibits.

    Many of the kiosks around Amsterdam were advertising a new Stedelijk exhibit entitled 'Amsterdam-The Magic Center'. The ads include the photo of backs of two women. The exhibit followed the art scene in Amsterdam through the late 60s and early 70s. Many of the same social movements addressing racism, ecology, feminism, and war were being hashed out all over over the world at that time. At one point artists staged a sit in at the Rijksmuseum. Much of the art displayed brought back that time. It was interesting to see how the summer of 67 played out here.

    I found Grayson Perry's piece entitled Gulf War Dinner Service pretty compelling. The medium of Delft Blue fit the locale.

    The permanent section of the museum is called 'The Base' and it focuses on following the Modern Art movement since its inception in the late 1800s. Mondrian and other Dutch artists are featured heavily. There is an experiential piece by Edward Keinholtz entitled 'The Beanery' which is a surrealist interpretation of the famous Hollywood Cafe of the same name. YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/ObyQAcEqi4o
    The clocks seem to represent our living on borrowed time.

    The museum closed at 6 and our dinner reservations were for 6:30 so we spent a bit of time enjoying the sun on the museumplein. (see photo of the similarly bloused spouses) We then wandered over to a nearby Indonesian restaurant recommended by Sjoerd and Martha called Sama Sebo. Their recently matriculated son René joined us for the meal.

    Rijstaffel is a Dutch word meaning 'rice table'. It is an Indonesian meal that was brought to the Netherlands during the colonial days. It has become pretty close to a Dutch national dish at this point. It consists of a myriad of small dishes (20 maybe) served in small portions, accompanied by rice prepared in several different ways. Ours included, plantain, several versions of stewed beef, chicken, sambals, satay, fruit, vegetables, pickled cucumbers, and nuts. It was delicious. I've included a video of table here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xQriUQwKwTbL2LCr5

    Delicious. Ice cream followed on the walk back up the Prinsengracht. Nice evening.
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  • Day2

    Amsterdam (NL)

    July 9, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Arrived at Schipol airport, unboxed my bike, loaded my gear and pedaled the 15 km into the city. Very fortunate to be hosted by friends from South Africa in an apartment close to the city center.

    Amsterdam is considered the most bicycle friendly city of the world. Bicycles by far outnumber the cars in the city. No Peter Sagan wannabes in flashy lycra, with top of the range carbon bikes around here, and also no helmets.

    Got my cultural fix and visited the Rijksmuseum. One of the sixty museums in Amsterdam, and ended the day, at the other end of the spectrum, the Heineken Museum.
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  • Day2

    I AMsterdam

    March 31 in the Netherlands

    Nach der Stärkung im Dignita laufen wir wieder Richtung Innenstadt. Zuerst wollen wir ein Stück mit der Straßenbahn fahren aber die Straßen von Amsterdam bieten so viele tolle Blickwinkel das wir uns doch gleich wieder zu Fuss auf den Weg machen.

    Ein paar Parallelstraßen neben dem Vondelpark geht's durch Wohngebiete mit tollen Backstein-Stadthäuseren. Durch einen kleinen Stadtteil Direktvermarkter-Wochenmarkt mit Käse, Wurst und Brot laufen wir zum Stedeljik Museum und ums Eck zum Van Gogh Museum. Aufgrund des relativ guten Wetters (zwar nicht mehr sonnig aber über 10 Grad warm) lassen wir die Museen links liegen und laufen weiter zum "I'AMsterdam" wo sich hunderte Touristen an der Kunst des Selfie-Machens üben.

    Direkt dahinter ist das riesige Rijksmuseum zu sehen, ein wunderschöner Tier Backsteinbau der neue auch ein Museum beherbergt. Auch hier laufen wir weiter Richtung Innenstadt die 'Nieuwe Spiegelstraße' entlang und am vielen tollen kleinen Kunst- und Antiquitätenläden vorbei.

    Da es noch dich etwas zu regnen begann und das immer stärker wurde beschlossen wir direkt zum Abendessen ins Ashoka zu laufen. Die 'Klavierstraat' erwies sich als gut besuchte Einkaufsmeile.
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  • Day1

    In love with you and Amsterdam

    August 18, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Es war unser erster gemeinsamer Ausflug und unser erster Halt war natürlich das Stadion in Amsterdam. In der Nähe gab es einen etwas anderen Burgerladen. Dann ging es endlich weiter mit dem Auto in richtung Amsterdam.

    It was our first trip and we went to Amsterdam. Our first stop was the stadion in Amsterdam. After that we rode to the city.

  • Day2

    Town center

    May 3 in the Netherlands

    Filho, aqui todo mundo anda de bicicleta . A primeira foto é um estacionamento de bike aqui.
    Muita gente mora em “ house boats” essa segunda foto é de uma casa barco.
    Terceira foto é de um dos canais aqui . A cidade é cheia de Canais .
    The woman with me is my friend Sonce from Chicago .

  • Day4

    Our Lord in the Attic

    August 2 in the Netherlands

    After the Eating Amsterdam tour I went in search of Our Lord in the Attic which is a museum dedicated to an actual hidden church in a canal house in De Wallen (The Red Light District). The house is a well preserved 17th Century house from Amsterdam’s Golden Age. The Catholic Church in the attic dates from 1663. In 1578, the Christian Reformed Church became the official church of the Netherlands. Other religions were tolerated but they could not have a public place of worship. So Catholics, Lutherans, Jews etc....went underground or in this particular case up in the attic. Catholics were prohibited to celebrate mass publicly but the authorities turned a blind eye when the Church was a so called hidden one. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. So.... it was a tolerant intolerant society or was it the other way around?
    The house belonged to a wealthy linen merchant who strongly believed in his faith. A church was carved out of the top three floors of the house. The priest also lived in this house. He was bound and determined to save Amsterdam from the naughty Christian Reformers!
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Around Amsterdam

    June 20, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Hi! Bogey here. Went back in time with Vincent Van Gogh today at the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent - is that you????

    Also pictured are some beautiful night shots of the city.

  • Day4

    Museumplein

    December 30, 2015 in the Netherlands

    Vandaag hebben we een bezoek gebracht aan twee van Amsterdams bekendste musea. Eerst het Rijksmuseum met de Nachtwacht en Vermeers melkmeisje, en na een deugddoende wandeling door het Vondelpark het Stedelijk Museum met Mondriaan, Rietveld en Picasso. Vanavond nog langs de Indiër en morgen alweer huiswaarts!

  • Day60

    Amsterdam - van Gogh Museum

    September 29, 2015 in the Netherlands

    I went to the van Gogh Museum, which provides a captivating focus on the artist throughout his life, showing how his work progressed. It also compared him to a contemporary, Edvard Munch. Even though we prepurchased tickets, there was still a 45 min line to get in. Very nice modern building though. There were some fun mirrored surfaces outside :)

    I also saw the IAMsterdam sign, swarming with people (what's the fuss?). That was in front of the Rijksmuseum (more general art, I didn't go in, having been a bit museumed out in London). Instead I went back to the hostel, ate a pretty delicious brownie, and relaxed.Read more

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