"Come as you are, pay as you feel." It's a cafè across the street from our place. It intrigues us. Their menu has no prices. Sit, enjoy, and pay what you feel. We felt that since our Senseo Strong coffee was decaf, we felt grateful their Americanos were super-caffeinated and so gave a super-five Euro.
Our place is the brick on the right, top four windows. Our own street's market had everything and anything from hair extensions to pickled herring with onions. No thanks. We bought a fresh Stroopwafel to share.
We hung about in Vondel Park and appreciated the many fragrances: smoke- both cannibis and grilling, flowers and we watched the birds and the people.
We returned to our area to eat at a micro-brewery nearby that our hosts suggested: Troost. Food was fantastic, even the mayonnaise for our frites!, and both my veggie burger and J's lambburger. We got a flight of beers to taste.
Thankfully we had pre-reserved tix to the Van Gogh. The building's exterior is not worthy of its interior contents. Hence they are renovating and modernizing it. We came at 6:45 Friday night for the DJ and cocktails, much like mfa's First Fridays. We bought red wine, an audio guide and we were off. For nearly three hours. We couldn't believe it when they announced the museum was closing in 15 minutes. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. The audio tour was excellent - giving glimpses into his mind through his letters to friends and family, especially to his brother Theo. (note to self: get a biography on VVG as "Seen" through letters) and it had some interactive activities like make this color, or which frame looks best. It dispelled some myths as well. Crows flying over wheat fields was not his last painting. I loved also how they juxtaposed works that influenced VVG and on the flipside, how influencial his works have been on future artists. No photos of his works allowed.
When we left the VVG museum it was 10 and it looked like this:
Really! So light out. And so clear! We stopped for a drink, it was Friday night after all. We observed how many young people smoke here. On our walk home it started to rain.