|Solli was navigating that morning and promised it would take us just 15 minutes from our B and B to get to the Vah Gogh.|
When you travel with a tall person you must run to keep up. And No, I did not lose any weight with the constant running because we kept eating Dutch apple cake.
Granted we did take
The scenic route
To the VG museum.
Admittedly ALL of Amsterdam is scenic..
Once there by 10:00 the lines were already horrendous.
We had special passes that got us in entrance #4 fortunately. Still picking up our passes was no easy thing since the Staff Entrance was completely covered with renovation never mentioned to us. Luckily some staff came along and let us in. We got our special passes and then had to go around to the front of the building (another 15 minutes) to enter.
Oh la di da
This is the main floor of the Van Gogh museum - shhh a stolen shot.
This is the 2nd floor - another stolen shot taken from the elevator.
A shot inside of the Van Gogh museum elevator! Was I being filmed?
A close-up of one of my favorite Van Gogh drawings on the elevator wall. Solli and I split up since I have visited the museum maybe 10-15 years ago and that was enough for me.
I went straight up to the bookshop on the 3rd floor.
I drooled over several books, buying a couple (in Dutch and for kids) because I liked the pictures. My fav still life again.
Have I mentioned we are both congenitally late?
The plan was this:
We would meet up in 50 minutes at 11:00 on the ground floor on one of the two big benches Solli designated.
I even arrived 5 minutes early.
At 11:15 I figured, OK, give her extra time with the Van Goghs. Be a little generous. Who knows when she will be back again?
At 11:25 I was beginning to steam.
I bent down to pick up my Kiehl's yellow polka-dotted bag on the floor and I hear my name called out,
There is Solli sitting on the other big bench. She has been there since 10:55. What to do?
One isn't even allowed to be annoyed when the other person has not in fact kept you waiting.
Very frustrating to say the least.
These things happen when you have a traveling companion. You simply have to laugh it off. Haha
Outside that VG museum Solli spotted big pots of tulips.
Our chance to get some tulip pictures!!!
Though frankly I could have cared less.
Still I knew I would have a bargaining point up my sleeve
To request we visit the Van Beek Art supplies shop, not so far from the VG museum. The folks in the bookstore gave me directions.
And a very lovely art shop it is too
With items on SALE, something you rarely see in France in any store except during the Solde. In fact they had those extra large pans of Winsor and Newton watercolor I like so much but left behind in NYC.
AND they were on SALE! Hooray.
I painted some little Van Goghish versions of the teapot still life for anyone who wishes to subscribe or renew their PARIS SKETCH LETTER SUBSCRIPTION. A little gift-with-purchase (GWP) you might say.
So that was our mostly uneventful visit to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.