Our hotel was right around the corner from the Museumplein, the huge square where several museums are located. You can see the Rijks Museum and the enormous Amsterdam sign in the background. Lots of young people enjoyed climbing on the sign for photo ops. We spent some time in the museum, specifically to see Rembrandt's Nightwatch painting again. It is BIG and takes up a whole wall on the top floor of the museum along with other classical paintings and is a popular spot to visit.
The buildings, both old and new, are all very beautiful. I especially liked the concert hall.
Many of the houses have a hook at the top for moving furniture to the higher floors. The stairs inside are too narrow!
Flowers are everywhere in Amsterdam, even growing in the tiniest places, and sometimes out of a crack in the sidewalk.
We had fun trying different restaurants. This one seemed to have a permanent guest that was not interested in either spaghetti or pizza. She was sound asleep when we first noticed her.
We took this photo for a choir friend. When she was 17 and newly graduated from high school, she came to Amsterdam and worked in this hotel as a chamber maid. It's right across from the train station. Once, on her recommendation, we stayed there, but not this time.
After several days, it was time to leave this beautiful city, knowing we'd be back on our way back home to Seattle. There were many places we didn't visit because we ran out of time. Another trip perhaps?