Given Mark’s illness, we decided to postpone our trip to Bruges. I had visions of the day ending like the final scene of Midnight Cowboy, and Mark had no intention of playing Ratso in a bad Hawaiian shirt.
Instead I left Mark to recuperate and rest. It had been a very warm night, plus a disco boat floated past on the canal at about 2am, waking the entire neighbourhood, so we hadn’t slept all that well.
I took a walk right around the Herengracht to the other side of town.
Some pretty scenes along the way.
My first museum of the day was the Hermitage Amsterdam, where I went to the “Matisse to Malevich” exhibition. I saw one of my favourite paintings, Matisse’s The Red Room, for the first time. It was a great exhibition and the Hermitage is a wonderful gallery space.
Rembrandt had a huge collection of objects and art books.
My third and final museum for the day was the Willet-Holthuysen Museum, a beautiful canal house on the Herengracht. It was left to the city of Amsterdam by its last owner Louisa Holthuysen in 1895 on the condition that it be open to the public. It gives you an idea of how these buildings were lived in before they were subdivided into offices and apartments.
On the way back I walked through the Bloemenmarkt, which mainly sold bulbs and seeds.
Mark is feeling a lot better. We had dinner at a restaurant called d’Theeboom. I had the veal.