Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): Amsterdam 2018: Van Gogh and Lunch in the Jordaan

Amsterdam 2018: Van Gogh and Lunch in the Jordaan
I tend not to plan a lot before I come to Amsterdam, preferring to take things as I fancy once I’ve arrived in this great city that I know quite well. I was however organised enough to buy a ticket online to visit the Van Gogh Museum this morning. I’d actually been thinking about it for a while, but after seeing Andrew Graham-Dixon’s documentary Stealing Van Gogh on BBC2 TV on Wednesday, I knew I just had to go back; I hadn’t visited the museum for about 20 years!

I always book ahead of travelling if I want to visit a major museum or gallery, especially one as popular as the Van Gogh Museum, to save queuing and be sure of getting in. I booked a 10.00am entry slot in the hope that by going early it wouldn’t be too busy. It turned out to be a good move as it was fairly quiet when I arrived but busy by the end of my visit.

I was surprised at how quiet it was in the city as I walked to the museum after breakfast, around 9.30. Amsterdam was still sleeping. Even on a Saturday morning when I expected it to be busy and crowds of tourists starting to fill the streets. It was however delightful. It always feels so special to have a city almost to yourself early in the morning; the winter light just about showing through the clouds.

Google maps estimated it would take me 23 minutes to walk there and walking is always my preference in a city. I stepped out on to Singel from my hotel and walked southwards, crossing the canal at Koningsplein. The Bloemenmarkt – the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Amsterdam 2018: Van Gogh and Lunch in the Jordaan
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Van Gogh Museum   The Bloemenmarkt   Leidsestraat   Stedelijk Museum   Cafe ‘t Smalle   Winkel  
Author: Kay Gale
Read it on author's website: https://travel-gourmet.com/2018/01/27/amsterdam-2018-van-gogh-lunch-in-the-jordaan/

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