|Stones Cafe Amsterdam|
Visiting the Stedelijk museum is on today’s list. Although it too is a world class museum, it is not as popular with general tourists as the Van Gogh museum or the Rijksmuseum. There are no lines and we rent the audio guide which is poorly organized and far from intuitive. The highlight for us is the Amsterdam School of Art Nouveau collection. The Tuschinski Theatre that we visited yesterday is a fine example of this exuberant style of Dutch Art Nouveau.
|Amsterdam School of Art Nouveau, Clocks|
|Amsterdam School Clock|
|Amsterdam School Stained Glass Lighting|
|Claw detail, Amsterdam School|
We read that this Dutch style emerged correlative to the Art Nouveau movement but this original style with with it’s angular shapes and lines, claw and visceral fang like elements feels more like Art Deco. Many of the pieces in the collection seem ‘Alien’ and I would not be surprised if the costume designers of the 1979 Alien and subsequent Predator movies were influenced by this bold Dutch Art Nouveau style. John takes time in an interactive art room to create his version of one of the clock faces. A modern art installation is in the basement of the museum.
|Interactive art room, Stedelijk Museum|
|John drawing his clock face|
John and I still hope to make it to the Anne Frank House and we hop on a bus towards that section of town. It is late afternoon and we do not have tickets and the lines wind around several blocks but we are still hopeful that they will thin before 7:00 p.m; the closing time for the Anne Frank house. Unfortunately they do not and we aren't able to visit.
|Art, John, bridge in Amsterdam|
We have reservations for a 9:00 P.M. canal boat tour and Art returns to the hotel to rest while John and I shop for a picnic dinner to take on the boat. We buy bread and cheese and two bottles of wine. We pass time at the tulip museum, enjoy a drink together and eventually it is time for our canal boat tour.
|Canal boat tours|
|Amsterdam, near Anne Frank House|
|Dam Boat Guy drinking our wine and piloting the boat|
|Dam Boat Guy canal tour, Amsterdam|
The canals glitter with reflected light and we throughly enjoy the nearly two hour tour, a lovely end to our four days in Amsterdam.
|Amsterdam canals at night|
|Amsterdam canal at night|