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Researching Amsterdam

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It has been a fairly productive weekend in terms of Amsterdam research. I have a number of interesting and just plain quirky things to add to my list.

First, I was very excited to hear from the person we are renting the apartment from about a fantastic organic market every Saturday near the apartment. The website is only in Dutch, but I used an online translator for some of the sections and it sounded very interesting—not entirely clear, but I know I'm going to love it.

The second exciting tip is that there is a fabulous cheese store nearby. Again the site is only in Dutch, but with the help of my translator, I successfully translated a few of the categories and the list of cheeses is quite recognizable (and impressive!).

Ever since a friend brought me back a Wagamama cookbook from a visit to England, I have wanted to go to one of these restaurants. So, I was thrilled to find out that there is one right in Amsterdam. From their website you can download a pdf of their menu, which I just did. I am now very hungry for some gyoza and some ramen.

On a nonfood related note, I found out that the Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses has just reopened in a larger space. I had no idea that there was a musuem devoted entirely to handbags, but I am definitely interested in seeing it. This will probably be a solo adventure.

But perhaps I can talk my husband into joining me for a visit to the Kattenkabinet, a cat museum. It appears to have quite a collection of cats in art, including a Picasso etching. I love the idea of a small museum focused on one subject.

There is a really good article in United’s Hemispheres Magazine called Three Perfect Days in Amsterdam. Reading it makes me very glad that I am going to be there for more than three days. It looks like a pretty exhausting itinerary, but the article is nicely written and has some great tips.

And finally, while browsing the MorgueFile website, I came across the photo I used with this entry, and it reminded me that at the top of my must see list is, of course, the Van Gogh museum (can’t wait to see his Butterflies and Poppies in person!). But I am happy to see that the streets of Amsterdam may be just as interesting as its many museums.

Comments (4)

I'm looking forward to hearing more about the handbag and cat museums - how interesting!

Palma:

I would DEFINITELY join you for the handbag museum! That's what Brad calls my closet, but never mind that!

Pat:

If you enjoy it, you might consider a trip to Toronto to the SHOE museum!

Savannah Villaluazo:

hi,very excellent!

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