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Amsterdam pics

The Rijks Museum wing through the gates. It's the "general" Fine Arts museum, and sits right next to the Van Gogh Museum, opposite to the Concergebouw, not far from the Vondel Park. It's all quite central.

More of the same. I like old buildings and the mosaics on this one. And the trees.

The Museum's facade peering through the garden.

View of the museum and the fountain from the Museum Plein.

Going out

the Melkweg. The venue where GotR played, apparently a "cult" venue in Amsterdam. There are actually two concert rooms in it, and the band played in the one on the right of the entrance.
It's hard to see but there's actually a bit of canal running just in front of the venue, so we were queuing on a kind of wooden platform/bridge over it. So zen. Very different from queuing on the pavement by a noisy road.

the Concertgebouw. Renowned classic venue, and actually the reason why I did a second trip to Amsterdam, to see a classic concert this time.
Not... quite... the same atmosphere as the Melkweg ^__^

fake Blues Brothers on the roof of the Bourbon Street, a club in the center town. Leidsekruisstraat 6-8

Shopping :

one of the antique dealers window. Apparently specialized in mother of pearl. All the ship's sails were made of it. Pretty kitsch, but amazing work. And where do they fing shells that big?

the "fantasy with a lil' bit of goth" shop. Jewelry, apparel, trinkets... Pretty standard merchandise if you have similar shops in your town (Paris has a couple), but the goth dresses and corsets are always tempting because they're purty.
Chimera, 34 Damstrat.

Local specialties

#1 : tulips and flowers in general. Lame touristic pictures are a must do.

#2 : beer. The "6 Pack Cafe". Yep, the (vitrine) is filled with beer bottles. I actually wanted to take a picture of the Heineken Experience (a museum for Heineken set in the old brewery, but it was a bit too far from my path.

#3 : mushrooms and plants... All things natural... Except maybe the special cocktails...

The ones I didn't take in picture :
- the Red Quarter. 'cuz uh, sordid...
- the Condom Shop, nearby, a lot funnier. It looks more like an art gallery, at first.

The Cat Cabinet :

A museum of cats in art throughout ages and civilisations.
step 1 : count the cats in this picture
step 2 : count the real cats in this picture
I could have visited the Erotism museum, or the Sex museum (yes, there are two different ones), or the Torture museum, but in the end I chose to visit the Cat museum. Because it was a shorter visit and the weather was too nice to stay inside, and most importantly because my travel guide said there were real cats wandering in the house.
And there were.

A real cat basking in the sun.
The hardest thing was to leave the museum without stealing one of those. And to take the picture without disturbing them.
This "museum" is basically 2 floors of an old house, with a nice garden (not allowed to visitors). It's pretty small and packed full of cat representations, from antic Egyptian sculptures to a costume from the "Cats" musical.

A bronze cat, and in the reflection in the mirror, a poster from Le Chat Noir (the black cat) in Paris (from the 1920es if my memory serves me right).

Walking around :

the Museum Plein between the Museum and the Concertgebouw. I thought the slopy grass plane was... weird. And lots of bicycles. It's not just a cliché.
The odds are higher to get knocked by a bicycle than a car there, partly because the bicycle tracks are on the sidewalk.

a half-fallen but still very much alive tree in the Vondel park (not far from Bead's hotel).
Hm, I tend to photograph weird things and vegetals. A lot.

nope, these aren't real. Thankfully. They're very realistic metal sculptures. And I don't really know what they're doing here. Amsterdam is not *exactly* renowned for its varans...

A plaza (with a Hard Rock Café in the background. This, McDonald's and Starbucks can be found everywhere it seems. It makes all the places look a bit like each other. Welcome when you're tired of "exotism", but a bit dull when you're trying to get the vibe of the original town.
And yes, the two guys were really playing a game chess. For once it required not only brain but muscles too.

I had no idea that there was a mounted police in the city, so I had a bit of a "Twilight Zone" moment when I heard behind me the clip-clop of these horses...
And look! There's also an H&M (where I bought a T-shirt because I needed one).


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Feb. 2nd, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
ooooh. nice. it seemed you had a fruitful trip there...
Feb. 4th, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
Two extremely short but fruitful trips :)
Each time I just went there for a day and night, for a gig (first a rock gig in May, and a classic concert in August). I just had a few spare hours for tourism apart from it, but I did try to see as much as I could.
Feb. 2nd, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, I need to go back to Amsterdam, I haven't seen most of this... except the cafe, I think I was actually at this particular one. ;-)
Feb. 4th, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
*g* I didn't see the Museum area the first time either, it's outside the "half-circles of canals".
Amsterdam is more "typical" in the old town inside the half circles.
Feb. 2nd, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
I had no idea about the cat museum! This is terrible...

Mmm, Amsterdam. Must go back.
Feb. 4th, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
That's why I like to do my homework before travelling (or doing anything) :)
I'm clueless in geography and anything, so I wouldn't even know what the "must-see sights" are without a travel guide... And when I read about the Cat museum, I knew I had to go there :)
Feb. 3rd, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Just beautiful.
Feb. 4th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Am'dam is a pretty little town. Quite unique due to the canals and the bicycles and the old buildings. Tons of museums and odd shops for such a small town, too. It's a trade town like I think Hong Kong is? Very international.
Feb. 4th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Probably why so many Hong Kong triad members immigrated there prior to 1997. It is gorgeous.
Feb. 4th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pics - beautiful city
I'm telling myself for years that I could just step into the train and make a daytrip to Amsterdam...it's not that far awy...but I never made it :-(
Feb. 6th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Tell me if you want to go some day and meet me at the same time :)
I'd like to take a week-end there again some day. I didn't really have a lot of time both times I went there.
Feb. 6th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, it looks like such an interesting town. :-) I've never been to Amsterdam, but hopefully one day, I'll get to go.

I loved that Cat Museum--that's purrfect for tourists! Those were good photographs.
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