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Amsterdam - Day two, part one

J. Harry Caufield

Amsterdam supposedly contains more specialty museums than any other city on the planet. It's a believable claim, if only because the city has a long history of global trade. It's a natural place for strange collections to accumulate and there's no shortage of room to display it all. Specialty museums in Amsterdam include:

Of these, we only visited the last. I'll get to that one later. 

Amsterdam is certainly more famous for its art museums, including the modern collection of the Stedelijk Museum and the definitively Dutch Rijksmuseum.
The Stedelijk is smooth and white, like a seafaring Apple store.
The Opera House peeks over a nearby wall. There's a supermarket under all that (the black structure, not the Opera House, at least as far as I can tell).
I don't generally take many photographs in museums as it leaves me feeling a bit silly. It's like recording the sound of someone eating soup.* This stairwell at the Stedelijk contains a neon installation by Dan Flavin.

We took a museum break to picnic in the Vondelpark. That's an artificial swan.

Picnic fixin's.
The cheese is from goats. The berry is from straw.
The lady D. enjoying the park.
The Museumplein, the Rijksmuseum, and a kid in a bike lane. Get away from there, kid!

Next time: Dutch Masters. No, really, you'll see them.