A visit to the Old South, the Museum area in Amsterdam, is always a must.
Over the years we have worked out various ways of getting to that area of the city - all very interesting, and involving lots of canal admiring
Cleaning out the canals is serious business and we are always amazed at the number of bicycles that get dredged up
A quick stop at Rembrandtplein square, to say hello to the Nightwatch (you can see more about this here ).
Some of these canal houses are so meticulously neat and pretty
The second boat on the left is a house - still in the process of being completed
The American Hotel, an Art Deco landmark in Leidseplein
fountain at the front
beautifully preserved building
with a gorgeous tower.
Then a walk through some of Vondelpark
Amsterdam's biggest park
and one that is used extensively
be it on foot, bicycle, rollerblades, or just for lying around in the sunshine
The beautifully restored Rijksmuseum. We did not visit this time, but you can see highlights of our visit last year here , here , here , and here
We walked through the 'tunnel' of the Rijksmuseum and reached Museumplein
and noticed that the pond is dominated by a new 'sculpture'
The fountain outside the Van Gogh shop
and another new addition: Bunny Parade
Museumplein is vast with the Rijksmuseum at one end and the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall) at the other, with the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk (Museum of Modern Art) in between
Lots of new things here this time,
which Ken had just to try out.
the Concertgebouw in the distance
and we headed for the Stedelijk to see the Henri Matisse exhibition
After the exhibition we came to sit here, one of our favourite things to do - there is always so much going on here
which this time, included the Bunny Parade.