Saturday morning, Maarten drove us to Amsterdam’s Pijp neighborhood, where Meredith and Elliot live - they had prepared a delicious Turkish-styled brunch, with a variety of dipping sauces, olives, breads, tomatoes, cheeses, jams, honey and coffee. What a feast.
|Our Turkish brunch at Meredith and Elliot's|
Afterwards, Maarten left for home and the four of us went on a bike ride along the Amstel river. At one point, we took a small ferry across the river and continued riding the bike trail on that side.
|Stopping at a wind molen on our bicycling tour along the Amstel River|
|A ferry ride across the Amstel River|
|The view from the other side is always better|
The next couple of days of our stay we went to an open air farmer’s market where we shared a Hungarian bottle of champagne, we bicycled across town to the Winkle Cafe, (reportedly it has the best apple tart - served with a big scoop of heavy cream, and window shopped.
|At De Winkle enjoying apple tart|
|With a delicious crust and tangy apples, the cream complemented it perfectly.|
|A walk along one of the many canals in Amsterdam|
|This cheese shop smelled sooooo good|
|Checking out the smoked fish at the market|
|One of the more colorful vendors at the market|
|Elliot and Meredith riding back from the market|
|Diane riding along the canal|
On Tuesday, we met Maarten at the Rijksmuseum. It had gone through extensive renovations and just recently had reopened. We saw master pieces of classical Dutch painters including Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh, a beautiful (and large) ship model, ceramics, furniture, intricate 17th century doll houses and much more.
|The entry hall to the Rijksmuseum|
|Rembrandt's Night Watch|
|This model of a 16th century Dutch war ship was about eight feet in length|
|Poppen huizen display (doll houses) were really the in thing |
among the elite Amsterdamers in the 16th and 17th century
|A van Gogh self-portrait|
After the museum, we met Meredith for lunch and enjoyed some croquettes and beer, then Diane and I walked further into the center of Amsterdam and dropped in at Wijnand Fockink jenever (Dutch spirits) for a sampling. We then headed home to M&E's. Another satisfying touring day.
|Wijnand Fockink Jenever Tasting Room|