13.07.2015 - 13.07.2015
So that's why they left us ear plugs! The Albert Cuyp market sets up every morning, just in front of our front door. The set up can easily wake someone from a deep slumber. Hence, the ear plugs.
Today's Fitbit read: 18,663 Julie steps (that's about 7.91 miles)
This late sunset thing has us all thrown off. When we entered De Jaren Cafe for dinner, it was light out. I looked at the time - it was 21:00. It was modern and the food was good. L: veggie lasagna J: lamb stew. Two classics that had been on their menu for 25 years. We hadn't eaten all that much today, but we did drink our fair share.
The drizzling and ominous forecast gave us an excuse to have a leisurely morning. We decided on the Rijksmuseum, a nice indoor activity. It wasn't the easiest space to maneuver and there was lots to see. Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's Milkmaid are the two big draws, which means big claustrophobic crowds. Favorites of mine and Julie's was the Yves Saint Laurent dress: a handstitched shift dress inspired by painter Piet Mondrian, the library space, the botanical sketchings, the fab bathing caps
and the heads on floral fashion dresses. We spent a shocking 3 hours there. Our stomachs urged us to leave.
Brouwerij 't IJ (a brewery) - a flight to taste, abbey cheese with celery salt and sausage. Outdoor seating with a windmill ta' boot.
There was something perverse about Rick Steves guiding us through the Red Light District- narrating its "history, sleaze, and cheese". It's the oldest neighborhood with the traditional trades like prosititution and drugs. De Wallen was designated in the 1980s as the neighborhood where prostitution is legal. The women dressed in their skivvies sit in chairs in windows and tempt passersby. The heaviest concentration surrounds a church. Ironic.
Bier Fabriek for a beer rosso and nero and to snack on peanuts and throw the shells on the ground.
and on to our dinner, when it was still light.