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The Netherlands, Amsterdam – Museums. Bags and Purse, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House

A few days in Amsterdam as I wend my way further into Northern Europe. Another amazing opportunity for museums of course but what was the first one I rushed to – Rijksmuseum? Van Gogh? Nope! It was the Museum of Bags and Purses – a lovely private collection of bags and purses from all eras. I loved it of course. The last bag is the one I designed online myself based on personality traits and style questions!

Of course I did also go to the recently renovated Rijksmuseum which looks splendid situated in the very nice museum quarter which has about 6 places to visit and lots of green space to just hang out. Beware the man waving below – he is one of the “silent assassins” of Amsterdam – otherwise known as the bike riders who rule the roads here – no question. Look left, right, left, right again and again……

The Rijksmuseum has a wonderful collection of Dutch artists including Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. I also like Jan Steen – his is the picture of a family stuffing themselves and overindulging. It is called The Merry Family but the words in the painting make it clear that this is a warning that they way adults behave will influence their children. Very moralistic those Dutch – although they do look like they are having a lot of fun!

Also went to the Van Gogh museum (also newly renovated) but NO PICS ALLOWED:(. So you will have to go yourself to see it – worth it but book your ticket online.

Equally NO PICS in Anne Frank’s House (which I can understand). Last time I went there I was about 11 and had just read her diary, which I reread many times as a teen. Visiting again – despite the much larger numbers – brought back what an amazing young writer she was and how tragic it was that she was murdered before she could fulfil all her potential – nevertheless she did leave a poignant but positive message of courage and hope in desperate adversity. Again book well in advance – one month to secure your ticket — they are like gold dust.