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This is a collection of my blog entries related to short or long trips I, or Jennifer and I went on.
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2019/06/27 A Few Days Around Zandvoort and Haarlem
π 2019-06-27 01:01 in Trips

After a bit of time in Amsterdam, we went to Zandvoort, which is definitely not a place you'd fly across the world to go visit, but it's close to where Luminosity was, so that's why we slept a few days there. Because Luminosity started later than planned, we had time in the mornings and early afternoon to go around the nearby towns:



The 2nd day we biked to Harleem which is not too close but we had electric bikes, so that made things easier:


We went to the Corrie ten Boom house/museum, but unfortunately someone screwed up and our tour guide was never able to get in with us, so he gave his tour from the outside. It's a house that hosted a few jews during the war in a secret hiding place, until they were eventually turned in:

We went to the Corrie ten Boom
We went to the Corrie ten Boom

The Haarlem big church is magestic, even if the protestants gutted most fo the catholic stuff that used to be inside:



Mozart played on this organ
Mozart played on this organ





The catholics ended up rebuilding a new church slightly out of town:

interesting that they put a walkeay on top, nice for tourists
interesting that they put a walkeay on top, nice for tourists






we took the stairs to the top
we took the stairs to the top




Nice views of town:




Haarlem had multiple museums. We didn't have time for all, but the Frans Hals Museum was the main one, so we checked that one out:







We then went to see the Adriaan Windmill which had nice guided tours:

the bridge closed as we were arriving, but it was pretty fast
the bridge closed as we were arriving, but it was pretty fast





the blades have sails you can retract when you have too much wind
the blades have sails you can retract when you have too much wind



The next day, we stayed locally in Zaandvoort and looked at its 2 small museums:






The last day, we went to a local park that houses a wild deer population:







From there, we went to a nearby town with a science museum that houses the biggest steam engine ever built and that was used to dry out a huge lake:


normally they used windmills for the job, but this area was too big
normally they used windmills for the job, but this area was too big


a big portion of holland was reclaimed from the sea
a big portion of holland was reclaimed from the sea



this was the lake which was emptied in 3 years of pumping
this was the lake which was emptied in 3 years of pumping


And that it for the Zandvoort/Haarlem area, after Luminosity, it was time to go back to Amsterdam

2019/06/24 4 Days in Amsterdam
π 2019-06-24 01:01 in Trips
We took a morning train to Amsterdam, which was supposed to be 3h30


when the train could, it went at good pace
when the train could, it went at good pace

During the train ride, I played the Anne Frank ticket game, you have to connect before 09:00 and get out of the virtual line as soon after 09:00 as you can. I took 6 browsers and was able to time it ok on one of them and got tickets for that afternoon after other museums were closed. To be honest, I don't think the visit is worth it but Jennifer read what she wrote and was happy to see it:


The train arrived late, but we still had a few hours to spend in Amsterdam that afternoon.

Day 1: Half day around Amsterdam

As soon as we arrived, we went to see the cat boat across from our hotel (on its own page)


we took basic Dutch bikes, which were a bit too tall for Jennifer
we took basic Dutch bikes, which were a bit too tall for Jennifer

Next, was the Amsterdam Museum:






After that, we went to the New Church, which was gutted because it was catholic and looked too nice. Now, it's used as a museum to show pictures:





We then had to leave to get to Anne Frank House for our timed tour which sure was hard to get. That was one no pictures place, likely mostly to keep things moving. Again, Jennifer was happy to see it, but I'd say it's fine to skip if you can't get tickets, honestly you're mostly just looking at an empty house with a few plaques you can read on the internet:


locations of jews
locations of jews

secret door to the other building that hid Anne Frank and her peers
secret door to the other building that hid Anne Frank and her peers




The days being long, we had more time to go around:





We then went to the Hemp an Hash museum, which was quite informative:



Hemp can be used to create materials in more sustainable ways than plastic
Hemp can be used to create materials in more sustainable ways than plastic




it's actually illegal to grow pot in Holland but the museum has a special allowance
it's actually illegal to grow pot in Holland but the museum has a special allowance

well said
well said

OMG, pretty sad misinformation, well done federal government
OMG, pretty sad misinformation, well done federal government

By then, the day was finally ending past 22:00:



Day 2: Museums, canal cruise

We went to the museum district, and started with the Van Gogh Museum for our timed tour at 09:00





nice way for a teacher to share knowledge with her class
nice way for a teacher to share knowledge with her class

Van Gogh wrote many letters to his bother Teo
Van Gogh wrote many letters to his bother Teo







Next, was the excellent Rijks Museum that we should have spent more than 3H at:








Napoleon was the King of Holland for a while
Napoleon was the King of Holland for a while
















We then left the Rijks Museum, we did the modern art Stedelijk Museum, which honestly wasn't worth as much time in comparison. We should have allocated more time at the Rijks Museum, sadly Rick Steve's book which missed a lot of newer attractions, also failed to recommend time for each of those museums:













We still had some time for the nearby Banksy Museum, which was actually better than Stedelijk for us:










Again, long days, so after dinner, we had time for a canal cruise 20:30 with plenty of daylight left:










Day 3: Naval/Science Museums and more

after a nice breakfast at our B&B
after a nice breakfast at our B&B

a few bikes around the train station :)
a few bikes around the train station :)

We biked to the naval museum:







royal parade boat
royal parade boat

pretty
pretty





The Dutch were the top map makers at that time in history:





Next was the science museum next door, great views from its patio:













We spent quite a bit of time at the science museum, and then biked to the rembrandt house:






We then had to run out just in case to get to the Google Amsterdam Office south of the city before they closed at 18:00:


we took the fast subway there
we took the fast subway there



nice views from the top
nice views from the top

We then came back to town to have dinner with two of our cousins:



But the super long days still weren't over, so more museums:






Day 4: Half Day in Amsterdam

We started with the museum of the canals, a very good museum that shows how Amsterdam grew:







the entire city is on top of piloti to reach the stable layer below
the entire city is on top of piloti to reach the stable layer below

Next door was Cromhout House which I went to by mistake as the 2 buildings were too close:








it was then time to go to Amsterdam station to get to Zandvoort for Luminosity. We got to visit the Zaandvoort/Haarlem area

Day 5: North Amsterdam and more museums

We came back 4 days later from Zandvoort for 2 more half days before flying home. We took our same rental bikes and went to north amsterdam via the free ferry:



we went to the film institute, an interesting building, but probably a so-so attraction
we went to the film institute, an interesting building, but probably a so-so attraction



The 'this is holland' show next door was pretty good




And then we went to the observation tower


nice view from the top
nice view from the top


a few more bikes
a few more bikes


After those 3 attractions, Jennifer went to rest, and I went to bike across town to the Heineken Museum, which was a fun visit, even for me who don't like beer:


cannabis condom? Why not? :)
cannabis condom? Why not? :)







After the museum, another bike trip across town:




I then went to check out 2 more churches, the old church (church of our lady) and the catholic church hidden in a house when they were forbidden:









Red light district museum was an interesting stop:




A bit more biking through Amsterdam to get to our dinner at the Silveren Spiegel







Our 2nd hotel was very nice and close to the main station, very nice decors:








Day 6: Hermitage Museum

Day 6 was our 4th half day (we really had 4 days total in Amsterdam), and we went to check out the Hermitage Museum for our last hours before going to the airport:

the winning shot of the trip
the winning shot of the trip

Hermitage museum is quite big and worth a good 3H if you have time
Hermitage museum is quite big and worth a good 3H if you have time









It was then time to go to the Amsterdam airport for a flight home:





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