We took a tram to the Museum Quarter to get our fill of art and culture. First we visited the Rijksmuseum. The main core of the museum is closed for remodeling, but they have put all the most famous pieces in the Philips Wing—sort of a “best of the Rijksmuseum” for easy viewing. But it did seem a little strange to go through it all so quickly. The Rembrandts were stunning, but I was also impressed with lively paintings of Jan Steen. Disappointingly, Vermeer’s “The Kitchen Maid” was out on loan. I consoled myself with the remaining three, my favorite of which was his “View of the Houses in Delft.”
After the Rijksmuseum we had lunch at a Wagamama. Of course, this wasn't a very Dutch choice—a British chain restaurant of Asian food! But ever since a friend brought me back their cookbook from her visit to London, I have wanted to go to a Wagamama. We had a rice stir fry and miso soup and green tea. Nothing outstanding, but it was good and just what we needed.
Our next museum was the Van Gogh Museum. What an impressive museum! The collection of Van Goghs is amazing and the visiting show (Barcelona 1900) was also outstanding.
When we left the Van Gogh Museum, the sun came out. Everything looked more beautiful, and we sat and enjoyed the view in Vondel Park for a bit before taking the tram back to the apartment.
Unfortunately, we have no hot water due to some construction going on in front of the apartment. Hopefully they'll get the gas back on soon. The weather seems to be improving, and we should get some sunny days before we leave. There's still so much more to see in this city.