Amsterdam Day 2: We meet Van Gogh

I’m coming home in exactly one month from today. (Stop celebrating, mom!) And I’m gonna be real sad to leave Dungarvan, and Ireland. It’s crazy to me how quickly this place became home to me. I remember getting home from Amsterdam and thinking, thank God, I’m home. It seems crazy to me that this place has become what I associate with home after only two months.

But, I suppose it helps when the people are so welcoming and helpful. I have nothing bad to say about Dungarvan (probably because I love it!) because everyone is wonderful! Anyway, I’ll do a whole post ranting about my love of Ireland at a later date. you joined us today to hear about my time in Amsterdam, so let’s dive in!

So, Day Two started real early. We got dressed and headed out looking for the flower market, which is very iconically Amsterdam. We wandered in the direction that we thought was right (I was navigating. Not sure why they all thought this was a good idea!) and we got very lost!

But, before getting lost, we stopped at the most delicious pancake house for breakfast!

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I mean, where else can you get ice cream, and a crap ton of chocolate on a pancake!?!

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So, after breakfast, we set out and I got us lost…

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As luck would have it, we stumbled across the Rembrandt Monument!

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After the Rembrandt Monument, we set off again, still looking for the Flower Market. Since Amsterdam is basically all water, canals, and bikes, it was a pretty walk.

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See what I mean about the bikes! They were everywhere! And if you weren’t careful crossing the street, the bikers would take you out with no remorse!

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Since I can’t ever take a serious picture on the first try…

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Eventually, we did find the Flower Market. Unfortunately, we were a little out of season, but the places that were open and did have flowers were gorgeous!

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And they sold everything: seeds, flowers, bulbs, plant care stuff. Basically everything needed for growing a garden!

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The museum that houses “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” is in Amsterdam, but far away from the area we were trying to stay in, so I wasn’t going to be able to see her in person. So, I couldn’t resist snapping a pic when I saw her on a mug. In a way, I did see her!

Since the Flower Market was near the road where they filmed the bench scene from “The Fault in Our Stars” we decided to try and find it.

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We never did find the bench. So, we posed with a random one. We were later told that the bench had been stolen!

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After our bench failure, we set off for The Van Gogh Museum! It was a very long walk, but I got us there without getting us lost, so I call it a win!

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I call this one “Delivery Man on Bike with Red Satchel.” It’s a profound statement!

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That’s the Rijks Museum. To get to the Van Gogh Museum, you had to pass through it which lead to a huge grassy park with more sculptures and the Amsterdam sign!

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Not sure what’s happening here..

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but we got it this time!

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So, you had to wait in a huge line outside to be able to even get in the line to buy a ticket to get into the museum. And now it was freezing cold and windy so the wait was miserable! But, once we got inside, totally worth it.

The museum was set up to show the progression of his work, with the first floor being his earliest stuff and each floor after being later in his career. The top floor housed his last works and other artists who had been inspired by Van Gogh.

You weren’t supposed to take pictures, so, naturally, I took some anyway! Β  Β  : )

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My long-awaited ticket!

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And then I got this one because “Irises” are some of my favorite Van Gogh painting’s and this one was at the museum!

After the museum, we found some dinner and called it a night since we had walked a really long way and were exhausted.

We caught out very early flight back to Ireland, and that’s the end of the story. Thanks for your patience in getting here!

Amsterdam was incredible, and there was sooooo much I wanted to do that, oh darn, I’ll just have to go back one day!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about a new secret talent of mine…

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