Art and more in Amsterdam

Trip Start Nov 15, 2004
Trip End Nov 10, 2005

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Monday, August 1, 2005

Seeing one of our favourite bands wasn't the only reason we enjoyed our stay in Amsterdam. With its winding canals lined by tall and sometimes precariously leaning buildings, excellent bike riding culture and great museums boasting some world famous art it was easy to spend a few days here.

During the day we went to some of the many museums including the Rijks Museum (with its good selection of famous Dutch painters works), the Van Gough Museum (which documented his progression from a self-taught teenager to the world acclaimed artist who met a tragic ending), the sobering and reflective Anne Frank Museum and house and finally the Stedelijk Museum with its sometimes strange, and often confronting collection of 20th century art.

One of the highlights of our visit was seeing one of the grooviest, funkiest and rockin' bands, FISHBONE, at the converted church, Paradiso. They had the audience moving to a fantastic 2 hour set than included some our favourites, 'Freddy's Dead', 'I like to hide behind my glasses', 'Servitude' and 'Everyday Sunshine'.

Amsterdam draws a wide array of tourists that made people watching fun. The infamous Red Light district draws them all and is quite a site in itself - a little confronting and unreal, it must be seen to be believed. The rest of Amsterdam however is peaceful, clean and a regular functioning city that is a pleasure to wander, with its winding canals and crooked townhouses.

After some exhausting but fun days we headed south to Brussel.

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