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The Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam: A review

This entry is part 6 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

You could easily be forgiven if, at first, you just walk by the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. You might notice that it’s pretty, but so are so many houses along the old canal rings. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. That means I’ll receive a small commission on anything you buy through clicking the links….

My very first solo trip

The first time I traveled solo, I made four mistakes and one good decision. It was my junior year of college: 1983. I’d traveled before, but always with family. I had enough credits to skip a semester but still graduate with my class, so I decided to spend my “gap semester” in France, ostensibly to practice my French….

The dressing table holds glass bottles and brushes at the van Loon Museum in Amsterdam

Van Loon Museum: A restored Golden Age house

This entry is part 5 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

After the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder museum and The Canal House Museum, our last stop was the van Loon Museum, a restored Golden Age canal house. This is what I’d been expecting when we visited the Canal House Museum: rooms that give an impression of how wealthy residents of Amsterdam’s Golden Age lived and, to…

two row houses of brown brick, with lots of windows and step gables.

Canal House Museum Amsterdam: A review

This entry is part 4 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I already posted about the first of the three little museums I visited in Amsterdam with a friend: Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. After a bite for lunch—Burgermeester has surprisingly good burgers!—we moved on to the Canal House Museum Amsterdam (In Dutch it’s called Het Grachtenhuis.). It’s not surprising that a canal house museum is housed…

Ons Lieve Heer op Solder: A surprising little museum

This entry is part 3 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

Tourists in Amsterdam, if they visit museums at all, generally hit the big ones: the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh, for example. But there are dozens of smaller museums in Amsterdam that are just as interesting and worth seeing. Ons Lieve Heer op Solder is one of them. Ons Lieve Heer op Solder history This…

The Milkmaid, by Vermeer

Yes, you CAN visit the Rijksmuseum in 2 hours!

This entry is part 18 of 25 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I’m not a museum person. That’s not to say I’m not interested in art, or natural history, or science, or whatever the museum is about. It’s just that I don’t have the patience to concentrate on one thing for very long. At the same time, I’m not physically up to it; for some reason standing…

An unusual walking tour in Athens

It was just my luck that the day I’d signed up to take a walking tour in Athens, there was torrential rain. Nevertheless, this tour – covering religious Athens under Ottoman rule – was fascinating. Disclosure: I received this tour for free, but all opinions are my own. It never occurred to me, to be honest,…

children at the door with their lanterns

St. Maartens Day: A sweet local tradition

Today is St Maartens Day here in Groningen, a children’s tradition that is relatively unique to this area. On the 11th of November, once the sun goes down, children go door-to-door begging for sweets. Instead of threatening “trick or treat” like on Halloween, the deal here is that they sing a song, and in return,…