We started off the trip by stopping in the small town of Delft. It was an adorable little place, and our main reason for stopping was to visit the Vermeer Museum. He was an amazing artist, and the museum really explained not just his art, but his life and his style of painting. We also had a little time to look around Delft ourselves, and we discovered some neat little things, and also sampled some Dutch cheese :) YUMMY!!
That night also got to Amsterdam and had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe :) After that we also walk through the Red Light District :O no pictures of that though!
The next day we started off by exploring a Jewish Synagoge. It is one of the largest around and we (especially the women) were only allowed to enter it because it was closed for the winter (they have both winter and summer synagoges). We then visited the Jewish museum, which explained a lot about Jewish culture and history. After that we had some free time, where we really got to explore the city, including the famous flower markets!
Inside and outside the synagoge
|This exhibit was to explain the origin of this name which is considered very Jewish. At the end, visitors where encourage to write down the meaning and history of there own names and pin them on the wall|
|Amy and Caroline listen to an explanation of Jewish mariage|
|an old Torah, Jewish version of the Bible|
|The flower market entrance|
That night we also visited the Van Gogh Museum, but once again no pictures :( Still, it was amazing to see the works of such an amazing and renowned artist
We started off our last day by visiting the Rijks Museum, which is home to some very famous pieces and some extremely cool models. It was here that we saw works by artists such as Rembrandt and once again, Vermeer. Last on the schedule was a beautiful tour along the canals :) No better way to see the city!
|Model of a 17th century ship, actually built in that time|
|A statue of Cupid|
|Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", my favorite :)|
|The "Dancing Houses"|
|The smallest house in Amsterdam. It measures only 1 meter, 10 inches wide|
|Another, slightly bigger ;) model of an old ship|