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Luke's taking a nap (!); a rare opportunity that must be exploited... So here's my first entry. Today we headed to The Anne Frank Huis at opening time to avoid the queue, and I'm so glad we went back. The museum is very simply and respectfully presented, the annex is unfurnished but there are reconstructed photos of how it looked. On the walls of Anne's room there are still pictures that she glued up, of movie stars and happy looking peeps, mainly children. Ít was pretty touching. We've been to a few museums now, and they have all been great. The Van Gogh museum - a huge (4 story) exhibition of many of his works as well as works by the artists who inspired him and some of his contemporaries and mates, like Gaugin and Monet. In the Rijksmuseum we saw Rembrandt, Degas (self portraits), three stunning works by Vermeer, and... Dick Bruna! Yay! So cool. On our first day here we visited the torture museum, which was small, but interesting. Even better was the Amsterdam Dungeon, kind of like Ned Kelly's Last Stand mixed with a walk-through ghost train but about a million times sweeter! It went through bits like the inquisition, the plague, an asylum, etc., with actors, and it was dark and SCARY! Plus it ended with a rollercoaster in the dark. I nearly wet myself. Its just about time to have another beer, I think, and maybe a bite to eat. The food here is generally pretty ordinary... for example, today we went to this cute, nice looking cafe for lunch, and I ordered lasagne, and it was totally a frozen lasagne that had been undermicrowaved. I should have got a toastie, which seems to be the local delicacy. But apart from this I can't complain, Amsterdam is absolutely GORGEOUS and fun as.

Posted by Spookworld 06:56 Archived in Netherlands Tagged art museums amsterdam van dutch frank anne gogh dungeon rembrandt artists

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