Rhine River Cruise and Israel-Days 8 and 9

After four very busy days, I finally have a couple of hours to work on my posts!

On Sunday we awoke just before we docked in Amsterdam. It was our last day to tour with Tauck. We started the day with a boat ride on the canals and enjoyed looking at the lovely homes.

Cruising Into Amsterdam

Cruising Into Amsterdam

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Canal boat Ride

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Canal boat Ride

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Canal boat Ride

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Canal Boat Ride

After our boat ride we had a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum and saw many well-known and lovely paintings by the Dutch masters.

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Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum

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The Jewish Bride

When we left the museum we were hungry and we found a nice cafe on one of the canals called Hansel and Gretel. Clifford got the big Dutch apple pancake that he had been waiting for, but I forgot to take a picture of it.

Cafe Hans and Grietje

Cafe Hans and Grietje

After lunch Walked to the Jewish section of town and visited the Jewish museum and the Portuguese Synagogue. The synagogue dates from the 17th century and still has no heat or electricity. It is lit by the beautiful candelabras when they have services. We were very happy to find the Tauck bus at the museum at 4:00 p.m. as we were exhausted!

On Monday morning we said good-bye to our ship and we were on our own. We were taken to the Marriott hotel where we were staying for the night. We dropped our luggage and set out for the Rembrandt House, which had been recommended by shipmates. This was Rembrandt’s home and studio and has been maintained as it was in Rembrandt’s time. We watched a very informative movie and then toured the house which was very interesting.

We then walked to the Anne Frank House.  We had been before; it was still very sobering. The rooms where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis were even smaller and darker than I remembered.

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Anne Frank House

On Monday night we had dinner at typical Dutch restaurant. I don’t think Neal was crazy about his Stampott, a popular dutch meal made with mashed potatoes, vegetables and sausage!

About Susan Gutterman

I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger, living in northern California. I also enjoy reading, walking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Gabby.
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