Walking and Windmills

Today we spent the day walking around Amsterdam, including a couple hours each at the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum. We did end the day at the brewery in a windmill, Brouwerij ‘t IJ. We’re almost done with our time in Amsterdam, and we do feel like we’ve seen a good sampling of the city. (We should, after walking nearly 10 miles in 2 days!) Tomorrow’s update will come from a new city. Can’t wait!



Categories: Amsterdam


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  1. I think you’re headed to Paris next… a couple of tips:
    * Go late to Versailles in the afternoon. When I went to Versailles in May, the guard told us we would have the place to ourselves, no line, after 3PM. He was right. It makes sense to start your Versailles visit around lunch, see the gardens first, then see the palace. Either that, or wake up in the morning and get there before it opens. The line looked at least an hour long, if not two hours long.
    * Go to museums late. All the main Paris museums are open late a few days a week. The crowds were much smaller between 6PM and 9PM. I actually got to see the Mona Lisa one evening.
    * The Museum Pass is worth the money. We saw a lot of museums in Paris and it made sense financially, but even if it didn’t, the time savings you get with the museum pass are worth it. Lines are huge, and with the Museum pass you don’t have to wait very long (except at Versailles, where you have to wait in the general line). Also, you can pop into a museum to check it out without quibbling about whether its worth the 15 Euros.
    * My favorite museums are the Orsay, the Orangerie (for large scale Monet paintings), and the Louvre. In that order. I’d actually skip the Louvre for the Orsay if I had to, but then I have real soft spot for Impressionism. I went back to the restaurant in the Orsay with my parents, and we all loved it. Highly recommended for lunch.
    * Mass at Notre Dame was a great experience. Both my parents and I loved it. Unfortunately, the international mass is mostly in French. There’s a special entrance for mass-goers. It wasn’t obvious to me at first, but it’s there. The general visitor line is ridiculously huge. It makes sense to show up early, because seats for mass filled up fast.

    Enjoy! I loved Paris, hope you also have a good time.

    • Hi, thanks for the tips! We are in Paris now, and plan to do most of our museum sightseeing tomorrow while they are free for the first Sunday of the month. Thanks for the tip about mass at Notre Dame. We’ve only been here a few hours but already we love it!

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