19 Sept. Finally Rembrandt came alive! After a boat ride around the city in River Amstel, Carlos and I went to the Rijks Museum (pronounced Rex Museum), where all these great masters are seated in their elevated thrones.
Some 30-40 feet wide paintings! Incredible! In a four-flour museum, I could visit only 5-6 halls on the second floor! If time and euros permit me, I could spend a few weeks there!
On the bank of river Amstel
River Amstel home to many a rich building
Our boatman took us to safety
Over a thousand bridges over hundred+ canals in Amsterdam
This boat of sixteenth or seventeenth century was destroyed; hence the unemployed youth of Amsterdam rebuilt it themselves!
The mint tower, where coins were minted during the war with Britain and France
In the sea (oh, river!)
Chinese Royal Palace duplicated in river Amstel; while the original can accommodate 5,000 people at a time to feed, this one here, can contain 700 people.
The military ship builder
The Beginof, a secular movement which started in Netherlands in the 13th century. visited their house, too.
The Rijk Museum
People travel by bicycles, here, like nowhere else!
Painting of the Dutch ship in the calm
Actual boat in the river Amstel!
This is also not a painting!
Back to the museum: to get description of a painting, please place your cursor on the image, and see the description coming up at the bottom of your screen
This is only a cafeteria! (above)
Pictures below are of St Francis Xavier church managed by the Jesuits in Amsterdam, over the Singel. The church is a historic one with over 400 years’ history
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