The second day in Amsterdam was a short one as we had our flight back to Barcelona that same evening. We had breakfast at a cool café next to our hotel, in the Pijp neighborhood, called Two for Joy. We had the complete place for ourselves which was very nice to start a day; I guess locals on Sunday get breakfast or brunch at later hours. The croissants were very yummy, and I appreciated the red tulips on our table, starting a day with fresh flowers is my kind of fancy thing :)
Under the rain, we headed to Museumplein a square where visitors can find the Rijksmuseum, The Van Gogh and the Stedelijk museums in a single place. That is convenient! After the recommendation of Anna+Albert (Ranma’s human parents) we visited the Van Gogh’s with the multimedia guide, it was very interesting to learn personal details about Vincent Van Gogh, how his brother Theo supported him so much in his artistic career. It was (almost) explained like a movie story, even with a little twist at the end, we won’t spoil it! It was also the opportunity to see the more unknown and dark (color-wise) paintings from his early years and, of course, watch “The bedroom” up close. In addition there was a temporary exhibition of Felix Valloton, a swiss painter that we felt in love with! we didn’t like to learn about his conservative views on women roles in society, but the paintings of the intimacy moments of people at home were very sensitive.
Almost 4 hours later we were back again at Museumplein to discover that the rain had stopped, it was already too late to go to Vondelpark, but instead we wandered around the Pijp neighborhood, making a brief stop at Sarpathipark, and we made sure to say a proper goodbye to the canals, “dudes” we will miss you so!
Although this sounds like goodbyes, stay tuned for the (real) last episode in Amsterdam (pink goodness ahead) with a brief guide of our favorite discoveries!
** This post is part of our Amsterdam series **
A new morning looking at the canals, can get easily used to this view! :)
One of the most iconic things about the houses next to the canals are the window shutters, these were gray but you can find several colors like red or green.
We found ourselves walking through neighborhood interior courtyards. I am such a kid, I literally run to the swing.
And to goad my reputation of acting like a kid, that’s me acting very grown-up running in the fountain :P
Fresh tulips, croissant, pain au chocolate and orange juice, yummy breakast. I love having breakfast during trips as we indulge ourselves a little more, do you?
Do you remember the making off picture from our phone? The baker in the process of creating a carrot cake.
Lots of shop windows had cat beds and the cute owners of those were sleeping in them. We found cats in travel agencies, decoration shops, clothing stores and cafés! We even stumbled upon a home with several sphynx cats on their window seal.
Good looking tree at Sarpathipark.
The canals are sadly fading away, but the images will get stuck in my head. See you soon Amsterdam, see you soon Netherlands! Oh! and don’t forget to stay tuned for the real last chapter of our adventures.