Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): Quiet Morning Walk, Lunch With a Friend and Old Genever

Quiet Morning Walk, Lunch With a Friend and Old Genever
The weather has been mainly dull and slightly wet this trip and the forecast for today wasn’t great, so it was a pleasant surprise this morning to wake to brightness, blue skies and a hint of sun. After breakfast I set off towards the State Hermitage gallery, an Amsterdam offshoot of the famous Russian Hermitage. It had been recommended to me so I decided to visit. It was so peaceful and quiet as I walked there and just a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam.

The State Hermitage is right by one of the larger canals.

There was a strange system of having to buy separate tickets for different displays; a combined ticket very expensive. I didn’t have much time so bought a ticket for the Golden Age Gallery. Really I should just have left it and gone back when I had more time, but it’s well laid out inside and I managed to grab a quick and good coffee in the large and attractive cafe, which you can get into without gallery ticket.

After a brief return to the hotel, I headed northwards, through the Jordaan to Watertorenplein, near Westerpark, to meet my Dutch friend Rita, who returned to the city just over a year ago after living in Spain for a few years. Rita suggested meeting at Cafe-Restaurant Amsterdam, which is inside a converted old pumping station.

It was huge and wonderful inside, full of groups of friends and families having Sunday lunch. I wanted a fairly light lunch and chose Ravioli Stuffed with Artichoke and Rucola.

My ravioli was delicious ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Quiet Morning Walk, Lunch With a Friend and Old Genever
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: State Hermitage   Cafe-Restaurant Amsterdam   Cafe het Molenpad   Cafe Chris  
Author: Kay Gale
Read it on author's website: https://travel-gourmet.com/2018/01/28/amsterdam-2018-quiet-morning-walk-lunch-with-a-friend-oude-genever/

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