Peep the video, then read the post…or do it the other way around. Whatever.
We’re covering more and more of the city each day.
It’s been a few days since we’ve done these things so I promise to be better about keeping up with this blog. These pictures below will do a lot of the talking for me, so feel free to skip the sap, scroll through them, and then head onto the next post.
Look at this thing! This giant wonderland was founded in 1800 and is rich with art and history – because the two go hand in hand (duh). I was in awe with the size of the museum and its collection, and here I’ll share with you some pieces that caught my eye.
A Few of My Favorijks Things
The main attraction:
Three fun facts about The Night Watch:
- The artist – Rembrandt – is a famous Dutch artist and this is his most popular painting.
- The figures in Rembrandt Square were created in memory of his 400th birthday.
- It’s the centerpiece of the Rijksmuseum.
The biggest painting in the museum:
Ironically, I don’t know how to get this video to shrink.
Jan Willem Pieneman, The Battle of Waterloo, 1824
A pretty outdoorsy landscape:
Ugh…I found Herbert (our mouse, who we saw yesterday):
And here’s the most beautiful thing I saw in the entire museum…my reflection: 😉
I’m extremely glad we checked this place out first. Through the magnificent storytelling of visuals and guides, I’m beginning to further understand this place we chose to venture off to and the history that made it what it is today.
After seeing the attempts to capture Holland’s beautiful violet skies, it was cool to get a glimpse of the magic that night:
Right behind the Rijksmuseum is the ever-so-famous I amsterdam sign. Would we have really gone to Amsterdam if we didn’t take this tourist pic?
Dinner in Style
To round out our productive day, Shan and experienced a lovely, chic wine-and-dine thanks to one of our dearest friends, Frank (@frankroche, not the kitty Frank 🐱) – it’s called Supperclub, where we ate and partied (and looked good) in bed.
When we first got there, the hostess covered our phone cameras with stickers and warned us not to use our phones at all. There were even characters crawling around with flashlights making sure we were following the rule. Funny enough, we met some really cool people on both sides of our setup and enjoyed the company around us. Europeans are so interesting, hah. We lived large with the cuisine and cocktails, and we enjoyed entertainment that was meticulously bursting with unsaid messages. Our dinner turned into dancing and the night disappeared before we knew it. Thank you Frank!
Needless to say we spent the next day recovering – until Monday when we went back to the Museum Quarter for more.
Stay tuned to see which museums we hit up next!
Any suggestions on what Shan and I should do next? We’re interested in your recommendations! While you’re at it, feel free to share some of your own experiences by leaving a comment. 🙂 Subscribe to get notified the next time a post is published!