I think the entire world has come to Amsterdam for the weekend and they may be tagging along with us each step of our trip.
The day began with some time at the RijksMuseum, just opened last weekend after several years of renovations. Although we arrived as it opened, and with a tour group, there was plenty of chaos and disorganization trying to get into the museum. Lots of us were shoved into revolving doors at one time, and then the door practically ran over my heel while teying to get out! crazy! The museum was very nice and our guide was knowledgable about the art we saw and we found it all to be quite interesting.
Next, we drove out of town to Keukenhof Gardens. A couple of events came into play causing massive crowds at the gardens – this week spring finally arrived and this was the first weekend many bulbs were in bloom, also today is their annual flower parade. Add to this that the gardens are only open during April and May. Yikes! 60,000 people descended upon the place like a swarm of bees. The gardens were beautiful and certainly worth the visit, it was nice to enjoy them with 60,000 of our closest friends!
Due to crowds and traffic we didn’t make it to our final planned stop which was a diamond cutting factory (I thought we were going to the Anne Frank house, that is actually tomorrow). After returning to the hotel Lance and I took a tram to Central Amsterdam and looked around. All in all, it was a full day. Tomorrow we go to The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam. In addition we will see the Anne Frank House and have supper in an old Dutch farmhouse.
Although we will, and are, enjoying every second of this trip we did have one big disappointment – one side trip we were looking forward to was to Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk offers a canal cruise to view many working windmills and we were very excited to do that. They are not offering this for our trip although all of our planning materials included it. Big bummer! I am including a picture of the windmills I’ve taken off the Internet since I can’t get one of my own.