Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
62Trip End Aug 05, 2012
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As I continued on I thought I'd duck quickly into a little store whose building face was enchantingly covered in a thriving vine and whose door was set below ground level, in the charming way so many restaurants and homes are here. I descended into another world; one of chaos, colour, pleasing scents, intrigue and harmony. There was an array of very varied trinkets, knick-knacks and treasures, all within this tiny rabbit-warren styled store
The Hermitage museum captured my imagination and transported me to a time gone where these magnificent painters roamed the European lands, defying trends and freezing moments of life through pictured moods, clearly defined scenes and seemingly effortless strokes. Pieces I enjoyed were by artists such as: Renoir; Monet; Ferdinand Roybet; Prosper D'╔pinay; Gustave DorÚ; Charles-Franšois Daubigny; Camille Corot; Edmond Grandjean; Carolus-Duran; Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret; Charles Chaplain; Franšois Flameng; Ferdinand Heilbuth and Alphonse De Neuville.
After a few hours at the renaissance exhibition I moved down to Spui square in search of the illusive book markets (turns out it's only open on Sundays) and the Begijnh÷f women's village
Grachtenmuseum on the development and architecture of the city was very fascinating, but with a lot of reading material and their decision to close early, I feel I'll have to return someday to fully absorb and appreciate the content of this private museum. The houseboat museum I stopped at just before returning to the apartment was a little disappointing, but it was still fun seeing inside.
A brief skype with you, a last minute dash to Episode and a cyber goodnight kiss saw me ready to prepare dinner, pour some wine and settle down for a spot of blogging and photo sorting before Isaak arrived at 8pm. We chatted, drank and ate together before turning to a stream of dutch being yelled at us from the television until we found Easy Virtue on an english station and watched that, following which Isaak went for a midnight bike ride and out to hit the Amsterdam nightlife and I showered and crawled blissfully into bed with Angus.