Category Archives: Netherlands

The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum

On our final morning in Amsterdam we paid a visit to the Rijksmuseum.  It is an impressive building.  I liked the ceiling detail of the entrance lobby.  It almost dared you to try to steal one of the exhibits. The stained … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum

I know when you go to a museum you are supposed to stand in awe at exhibits that are centuries-old, or give yourself an interactive education in one subject or another, emerging from your experience bristling with new knowledge.  What really … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – The Amsterdam VOC

On 8 January 1749 The Amsterdam, a cargo ship of the Dutch East India Company, left North Holland on its maiden voyage to the East Indies.  The ship got to Beachy Head in the English Channel where struggled for several … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Herons

There are lots of herons in Amsterdam.  We first saw them in the Vondelpark, on our first day.  On our third day, as we walked to the Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum, we passed the zoo.  There we saw a heron trying … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Leidesplein

One of the things we enjoyed in Amsterdam was sitting down in the early evening to watch the world go by.  We invariably did this in Leidesplein, a square lined with bars and filled with tables and chairs.  Leidesplein was definitely touristy, however, there were … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Canal Bikes

You wouldn’t give your 10-year old kids your car keys, jump in the back seat and let them take you off for a spin around the city, would you?  Would you?  Really?  No, I thought not!  So why did we … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Anne Frank Huis

Anne Frank’s House sits to the west side of Amsterdam’s centre, fronting Prinsengracht Canal.  In the bright sun this is a beautiful spot (almost a peaceful spot, were it not for the queuing crowds).  It is difficult to imagine that … Continue reading

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