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... Now, 8 hours later. We had a little (much needed) sleep, and then set out for a LONG walk. I had no idea what to expect of Amsterdam - Red Light/Marijuana. BUT - what a beautiful city. Not a tall city like Sydney, but very European with all the cobblestone streets, and little back alleys. There is a maze of canals criss-crossing through the city. Went through the Palace ...
HISTORY OF AMSTERDAM
In the twelfth century, a nameless I fishing village was formed near the mouth of the river Amstel, on the shore of the Southern Sea. Around the year 1260, the local fishermen joined forces to build a dam in the river to create a safe harbour for their boats. They named their settlement Amstelredamme, which means: “dam in the river Amstel.” The oldest official record of that name dates from 1275. ...
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... there in his home. He was a big collector of anything exotic. He had not just pieces of art and sculpture, but turtle shells, fish skeletons, and the like. They had a substantial collection of Rembrandt's etchings and several paintings. In addition to displaying his collection and some of his work, they have artists who demonstrate how he would have worked. We got to see how he would have mixed up paint and how he would have created a print from an etching.
... like this is not a good idea. All of the street names have multiple vowels and are extremely long. It was hard to just glance at a sign to make sure you are going the right way.
We rented our bikes behind the Rijksmuseum near Leidsplein on Weteringshans street. Then it was Leidsestraat to the cobblestone streets of Prinsengracht. See what I mean about the street names? From there who knows how we got to the Amsterdam museum on ...