The final piece of this blog series, just a few assorted notes, mostly for my own records.
Rijksmuseum: awesome, just as advertised. Some awe-inspiring masterpieces. A few paintings that look more lifelike than my pictures. I’m not a good photographer, but still. Wow.
Van Gogh museum: impressive collection, well-organized, but I’m jut not a big fan of Van Gogh’s style. Of course I’m clueless in arts, but his work just doesn’t captivate me.
Trains and trams: absolutely a joy to ride and use. We used them a lot, and I would do so again with no hesitation. Get the multi-day all-you-can-eat pass, it’s worth it.
Amsterdam Centraal: great train station. Organized, clean, big, easy to find what you want, very nice.
Amsterdam airport (Schiphol): again, very nice. Love the train station right there in the airport. Convenient, good shopping options, efficient service.
Red Light District: entertaining, fun to walk through once. Interesting cultural observations.
Haven de Texel: good local restaurant serving Dutch specialties from Texel. Just OK, not highly recommended, but certainly not bad.
Canal bus: touristy, but a good perspective for an hour or so. Next time I might try the Canal Bike.
Jewish Historical museum: under-rated, very interesting. Really well laid-out, thoughtfully organized. Worth the two hours to walk there and visit.
Anne Frank house: interesting, definitely worth visiting. Come after 5pm to avoid a 30minutes+ line.
Flea market: not bad, but nothing special.
Flower market: cool, but I’m not into flowers. Still worth walking around once.
Fries with mayo at Vleminckx: really good, worth the 5-minute wait in line. They close at 6pm, but don’t wait until the last minute because they often run out of fries. We got lucky, and savored every bit.
Duration: a long weekend (4-5 days) is perfect to see and enjoy the city. More is needed if you want to also enjoy the countryside.