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Selected highlights from a tiring day in Amsterdam

I really enjoyed the Van Gogh artwork, but his museum was way too crowded making for a frustrating experience; if you don't have a Museumkart, you need to reserve a timed entry admission online

I really enjoyed the Van Gogh artwork, but his museum was way too crowded making for a frustrating experience; if you don't have a Museumkart, you need to reserve a timed entry admission online

Amsterdam has 850,000 residents in the city proper with 2.4 million in the metro area; the city is home to the Amsterdam Stock Exchange which is the oldest in the world

Amsterdam has 850,000 residents in the city proper with 2.4 million in the metro area; the city is home to the Amsterdam Stock Exchange which is the oldest in the world

The Museumplein is a large green space around which the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Concert House are located

The Museumplein is a large green space around which the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Concert House are located

The world's leading museum for the Dutch Golden Age and a beautiful building; I had skipped the Rijksmuseum on prior visits to Amsterdam because of long lines

The world's leading museum for the Dutch Golden Age and a beautiful building; I had skipped the Rijksmuseum on prior visits to Amsterdam because of long lines

Rembrandt, The Night Watch aka The Militia Company of Frans Banninck Cocq, 1642; Rembrandt's most famous painting and the star attraction at the museum

Rembrandt, The Night Watch aka The Militia Company of Frans Banninck Cocq, 1642; Rembrandt's most famous painting and the star attraction at the museum

This cool fountain was called Hide and Seek; it's just outside the Rijksmuseum and the jets would stop briefly allowing people to get on the inside before the jets encircle them

This cool fountain was called Hide and Seek; it's just outside the Rijksmuseum and the jets would stop briefly allowing people to get on the inside before the jets encircle them

By purchasing a Museumkart you can visit any 5 museums from a long list of those in the Netherlands and avoid lines to buy a ticket on site; it doesn't save you much money but it does guarantee you entry

By purchasing a Museumkart you can visit any 5 museums from a long list of those in the Netherlands and avoid lines to buy a ticket on site; it doesn't save you much money but it does guarantee you entry

The Stedelijk Museum is the top modern art museum but I skipped it since my one day in Amsterdam was already full; at 15 euros it was pretty expensive too

The Stedelijk Museum is the top modern art museum but I skipped it since my one day in Amsterdam was already full; at 15 euros it was pretty expensive too

Strolling past the canals in Amsterdam brought back fond memories of my first trip back in 1990 with Tim and Sandy after UCLA graduation; the city is still packed with tourists in the summer

Strolling past the canals in Amsterdam brought back fond memories of my first trip back in 1990 with Tim and Sandy after UCLA graduation; the city is still packed with tourists in the summer

Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Conertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world; built in 1886 it anchors one end of the Museumplein

Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Conertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world; built in 1886 it anchors one end of the Museumplein

The National Monument on Dam Square dates from 1956 and commemorates the casualties of World War II and subsequent armed conflicts

The National Monument on Dam Square dates from 1956 and commemorates the casualties of World War II and subsequent armed conflicts

Amsterdam has great art museums but I stuck to the two I had always wanted to visit but had avoided because of long lines in the past; some of the art here just isn't my cup of tea

Amsterdam has great art museums but I stuck to the two I had always wanted to visit but had avoided because of long lines in the past; some of the art here just isn't my cup of tea

The Royal Palace was originally built to serve as Amsterdam City Hall in 1655 when the city was the most prosperous in the world; the building became a Royal Palace when Napoleon installed his brother as king in 1806

The Royal Palace was originally built to serve as Amsterdam City Hall in 1655 when the city was the most prosperous in the world; the building became a Royal Palace when Napoleon installed his brother as king in 1806

The Nieuw Kerk (New Church) is actually 600 years old; this is where many Dutch royals get married and where new monarchs are inaugurated

The Nieuw Kerk (New Church) is actually 600 years old; this is where many Dutch royals get married and where new monarchs are inaugurated

The vast Citizen's Hall in the Royal Palace is 120 feet by 90 feet by 60 feet; the hall is used for hosting foreign dignitaries and royal family wedding receptions

The vast Citizen's Hall in the Royal Palace is 120 feet by 90 feet by 60 feet; the hall is used for hosting foreign dignitaries and royal family wedding receptions

The Rijksmuseum is the most visited in the Netherlands with 2.5  million guests; the 1885 building is the largest art museum in the country and includes signature pieces like Delftware

The Rijksmuseum is the most visited in the Netherlands with 2.5+ million guests; the 1885 building is the largest art museum in the country and includes signature pieces like Delftware

Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace, is being cleaned after Gay Pride Week wrapped up the day before; tons of trash was quickly getting removed around town

Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace, is being cleaned after Gay Pride Week wrapped up the day before; tons of trash was quickly getting removed around town

People were smiling and happy taking their photo with Anne Frank; I hope people haven't forgotten why she is famous and become complacent in preventing future atrocities

People were smiling and happy taking their photo with Anne Frank; I hope people haven't forgotten why she is famous and become complacent in preventing future atrocities

I did Rick Steves Jordaan neighborhood walk; I've discovered I'm not nearly as fast as Google Maps walking pace says I should be

I did Rick Steves Jordaan neighborhood walk; I've discovered I'm not nearly as fast as Google Maps walking pace says I should be

I'm amazed so many of these 400 year old buildings are still standing as they lean left and right, forward and back; many are resting on their neighbors and seem just a gust of wind away from collapse

I'm amazed so many of these 400 year old buildings are still standing as they lean left and right, forward and back; many are resting on their neighbors and seem just a gust of wind away from collapse

This huge building is now a shopping center but had been the main post office when it was built in 1899; so many transactions here are now cashless so you need a debit card with pin

This huge building is now a shopping center but had been the main post office when it was built in 1899; so many transactions here are now cashless so you need a debit card with pin

Amsterdam is one of the world's best cities in which to walk (or bike); museums and tourist sights are scattered around town but easily connected with public transit

Amsterdam is one of the world's best cities in which to walk (or bike); museums and tourist sights are scattered around town but easily connected with public transit

The Westerkerk was built in 1631 and Rembrandt is buried inside somewhere but no one knows exactly where; Anne Frank listened to the carillon bells every day which gave her hope

The Westerkerk was built in 1631 and Rembrandt is buried inside somewhere but no one knows exactly where; Anne Frank listened to the carillon bells every day which gave her hope

Just imagine the space taken up if each of these bicycles was a car!; it is very easy to get around central Amsterdam on foot now since there are few cars but you do have to pay attention to the bike lanes

Just imagine the space taken up if each of these bicycles was a car!; it is very easy to get around central Amsterdam on foot now since there are few cars but you do have to pay attention to the bike lanes

In Amsterdam the canals serve much the same function as the bayous do in Houston; they are part of the sewer system but, unlike Houston, here they have the flooding problem better controlled

In Amsterdam the canals serve much the same function as the bayous do in Houston; they are part of the sewer system but, unlike Houston, here they have the flooding problem better controlled

I've visited the Anne Frank House many times so I skipped it on this trip but it always evokes strong images of what life was like here during World War 2

I've visited the Anne Frank House many times so I skipped it on this trip but it always evokes strong images of what life was like here during World War 2

Like France, dogs are taken everywhere in the Netherlands; this pooch is cooling it in the grocery store but, compared to France, there are fewer dogs here and they are better cleaned up after

Like France, dogs are taken everywhere in the Netherlands; this pooch is cooling it in the grocery store but, compared to France, there are fewer dogs here and they are better cleaned up after

Locals were basking in the record high temperatures; with most places not having AC it was cooler outside but no one ventured swimming in the canals

Locals were basking in the record high temperatures; with most places not having AC it was cooler outside but no one ventured swimming in the canals

Amsterdam Central Station is the hub for city transit but easily manageable; you can take trams from here most anywhere in the city for 3 euros

Amsterdam Central Station is the hub for city transit but easily manageable; you can take trams from here most anywhere in the city for 3 euros

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