66 Photos - Oct 8, 2012
Photo: The Royal Palace on the Dam (square).Photo: The Dam and the Nieuwe Kerk, or "new" church. Church was closed the week we were there.Photo: Bemused unicorn is bemused. (Detail from the Dam pediment.)Photo: Back street canal view.Photo: Oude Kerk (Old Church) from one side. Rather domestic. Original building dates from around 1300.Photo: Oude Kerk from the another side. Oddly, the red light district starts basically next door.Photo: Pretty house, though this one only dates from the late 1800s, so Sherry was not impressed.Photo: Stairs go up, sharply. Original oak staircase in the living quarters of the building housing Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, or the church of Our Lord in the Attic. http://www.opsolder.nlPhoto: Box bed in the living quarters. This was also the living room - beds were common in those spaces since they tended to have the fireplace or stove for warmth.Photo: Restored cabinet. Fancy.Photo: The actual church on the top floors. Eventually it would span the width of three adjacent buildings and hold ~150 people. The mauve paint job is a recreation of the original one.Photo: The organ and volunteer tourist babysitter.Photo: All the original and previous paint colours they've been able to uncover. Never realized pinks and mauves were so historically popular.Photo: Detail from the organ. Fluyt like the wind, baby! On the left is one of the two mounted candle brackets so the organist could see the sheet music when it was dark.Photo: View from the choir loft/upper floor.Photo: Confessional. Quite simple compared to the various cathedrals we visited.Photo: Artsy shot of a lamp.Photo: The kitchen in the living quarters added in the 1880s - once it became a museum a caretaker lived there, so this was added.Photo: Wall tile detail. Not the cutest of cherubs/angels. :)Photo: Spire. There were rather a lot of them in Amsterdam, and several chimed.Photo: Best we could tell, the Anne Frank house was somewhere inside that building on the end, and that line of people extended around the corner and well down the block. We decided to pass on the experience.Photo: Houses along the canal across from the Anne Frank house. It was entertaining to see the varying degrees of wobble and lean that develop over 400 or so years.Photo: Lovely side street with shuttered building.Photo: 1642 was a popular year for buildings. If you wanted to get rich in Amsterdam, own a construction company in the 1640s...Photo: For some reason the black houses always seemed to be the wonkiest.Photo: Inside the Oude Kerk.Photo: Shutters! They still use those winches to bring stuff up to the top floors.Photo: Original wooden ceiling in the Oude Kerk. Some lost patches, some restored, etc.Photo: Assorted building styles.Photo: Ceiling of the Oude Kerk.Photo: Canal with house boats.Photo: Photo: Positively Python. :)Photo: Fragments of previously destroyed stained glass. The Reformation was hard on cathedrals. In certain places, the World Wars didn't help much, either.Photo: Detail of a gravestone in the floor.Photo: Boar wood carving detail. I think it's spinning, maybe?Photo: Really creepy dual face carving.Photo: Big, big ceiling.Photo: Photo: Well worn grave in the floor. The whole place is one big crypt, essentially, and many notable and famous folks are either buried here or at the Nieuwe Kerk.Photo: Stairway to heaven? :)Photo: Reminded us of the Knox house in Edinburgh.Photo: The few actual flowers at the Bloemmarkt. Most of the stalls were just tourist trash, but then again, it's late in the season.Photo: Photo: Canal in the "early" morning. (Pre-10am.)Photo: Batman lives in Amsterdam!Photo: Canal and very fancy houses across from the Rijksmuseum.Photo: Rijksmuseum.Photo: Rijksmuseum.Photo: Detail of one of the dollhouses, which were HUGE, like more than six feet high on their stands, and incredibly detailed. They were displays of wealth more than anything, and not for children.Photo: Cabinet inlay. All done from a single piece of olive wood, cut in various shapes and on various angles.Photo: Amazingly detailed woodwork.Photo: Mother of pearl work done so delicately it looked like the petals and leaves were coming out of the cabinet.Photo: Photo: Angry swan will cut a bitch.Photo: Scale replica of a 75-gun warship.Photo: The Night Watch. Really is noticeable when you see it in person how the trimming they did on it throws off the balance and dimensions. Overall, REALLY BIG painting. The crouching girl to the right of the man in red is Rembrandt's wife, Saskia.Photo: S is for Sherry. Obligatory shot of one of us to prove we were there. The letters spell out I am Amsterdam, which is an ongoing tourism campaign.Photo: Photo: Photo: Hard to tell how completely wonky this building is. No idea how the glass even stays in the windows.Photo: View from the bridge across the Amstel.Photo: Amstel bridge.Photo: M is for Melle!Photo: The Hermitage, where the Van Gogh exhibit is currently residing while they renovate the museum where it usually lives. Alas, thanks to an asshat at the coat check where we left our bags, no photos from the Van Gogh or accompanying Impressionist exhibits, since he said no cameras. Truth was, same as everywhere else, cameras are fine, just no flash. Great exhibit, though.Photo: View of the Dam from the cafe next to the Nieuwe Kerk, where you may get excellent service, or zero service, depending on the day and time.