The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Statue of Rembrandt in Rembrandt Plaza

View of Canal in Amsterdam

View of Canals in Amsterdam (2)

Rijks Museum (1)

Rijks Museum (2)

Heineken Beer Museum (1)

Heineken Beer Museum (2)

Heineken Beer Museum (3)

Nick at Heineken Beer Museum

Mr. Heineken

Beer Bottle wall at Hieneken Beer Museum

Heineken Beer Museum (4)

Inside a beer vat

Nick trying to get at the beer

Heineken Beer Museum (5)

Nick and Barb enjoying a cool one

Heineken Beer Museum (6)

Leaving the Heineken Beer Museum

View of Canal by the Heineken Beer Museum

This morning we headed out to see some of the many museums in Amsterdam....we made our way thru the streets on foot and came upon a market which specialized in flower bulbs (you guessed it - tulips, amongst others - hundreds of them) and had numerous other flowers and plants available including these amazing coloured cactuses?? (cacti??).........and wooden clogs galore..... we found the Rijks Museum and were in awe of the works of art by Rembrandt, Manet, Vermeer, Monet and other Dutch Masters dating back 400 plus years......we spent about two hours viewing these masterpieces which were spread over two floors of one corner of the building. We then walked a short distance to the Van Gogh Museum and saw the works of art from Van Gogh's early years in the Netherlands which were displayed on the first floor.......There was a special exhibition of works by Max Beckman, a German modern artist who lived in Amsterdam from 1937 to 1947 to avoid persecution by Hitler who was trying to eliminate modern art impressionists. Some of these works were fairly strange indeed. The second floor of the Van Gogh exhibits were tributes to Van Gogh by various artists of his time including the likes of Toulouse-Latrec, John Peter Russell (an Australian) and Paul Gaugin. The third floor of the Van Gogh Museum was dedicated to the period of time that Van Gogh lived in Paris, Arles, Saint-Remy and Auvers-Sur-Oise where he died in 1890 at the age of 37. It is unfortunate that he ended his life at such a young age as he was very talented and his paintings were very impressive......Our next stop was at the Heineken Experience......a museum dedicated to making and drinking beer (which we did)....the tour included the life of a beer bottle going thru the bottling process where we were on a "ride" designed to make you feel like you were a beer bottle on a conveyer going thru the bottle washer, getting filled (which we did later), capped, labeled and was quite fun being a beer bottle......we were treated to three glasses of beer with our admission .....mmmmm.. beer good........with all the people in the museum it was like one big party......After the Heineken Experience we headed back towards Waterlooplein and our room and stopped for a bite to eat at a Mexican Restaurant before retiring for the night.........

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