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Top Five Trip Highlights

1. Picasso
picassophoto2.jpgWe saw a lot of great art on this trip and a lot of Picassos. I think my favorite Picasso viewing was at the Rosengart Collection museum in Lucerne. I loved the big open spaces filled with his later paintings. The Picasso Museum in Lucerne was also a treat. Seeing all the photographs of Picasso at work or with his family was very interesting to me. I guess I like to know the backstory of the art I like to look at. To know a little about the artist makes it all seem more approachable.

2. Eating Italian
kristaeating2.jpgDespite the fact that we were in Switzerland, Germany and Amsterdam, we ended up having quite a few great Italian meals. Panini are staple street food everywhere it seems. But from our first couple of meals at Valentino in Lucerne to the upscale meal at Casa Tolone to our charming Italian meal in a Dutch atmosphere at Koevoet, somehow we managed to have some pretty delicious Italian dinners.

3. The Rides
At times we felt like we were in Disneyland, but in a good way. On our daytrip to Mt. Pilatus we took 2 gondolas and a cog train and on our daytrip in Germany we took a gondola and a chair lift. There is nothing like getting up in the air and seeing things from above. Then there were the boat rides— across Lake Lucerne, down the Rhine and through the canals of Amsterdam. We got a great view of things from the water in every case. Here's a shot I took from the chair lift in Germany.

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4. The Buildings and Canals of Amsterdam
I have never seen a city like Amsterdam. The buildings and the architecture are beautiful and coupled with the picturesque canals, it just makes the whole effect stunning. The city feels alive and vibrant, but with a glorious past. People riding around on bicycles, coffeeshops and trendy restaurants all mixed in with buildings from the 1600s that look like they came straight out of a Vermeer painting. I loved wandering around the streets of Jordaan, window shopping or stopping to take yet another photo of the buildings along a canal.

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5. Rijsttafel/Indonesian Food
Why, oh why did we wait until our last night to try Indonesian food? It was so delicious. Do I dare try to make it on my own? Since there are no restaurants near me, I may have to. Perhaps I can enlist the help of my friend whose husband is Dutch/Indonesian. I did find this website which seems inspiring.

Comments (1)

Anne:

I've really enjoyed reading about Amsterdam! It's been a long time since I went there, and I'd like to go back.

And eating Rijsttafel is one of my best memories of being there. The only other place where I've seen it is on St. Maarten in the Caribbean - there were a bunch of Indonesian restaurants on the Dutch side of that island. Wish it were easier to find in the US.

Thanks, Anne (AnnieNC)

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