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4 days in Amsterdam - a few questions

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My husband and I will be in Amsterdam at the very end of August. We're in our early 60s. We arrive early on Friday morning, and leave for Bruges on Tuesday. We're staying at the Sir Albert Hotel, in the Pjip district because it seemed to be pretty well located for us.

Since we get in early, I figure we'll go to the hotel to drop off our luggage (maybe, if we're very lucky, our room will be ready). The hotel is very close to the Albert Cuyp Street Market, so I thought we'd go there first, eat, look around etc. Maybe a canal ride the first day? I always have trouble that first day until my body clock regulates and I get that first night's sleep.

We'll want to visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank House. Other museums are maybes depending on what else we do and how time works out (I don't like to RUSH).

I read about a Jewish Amsterdam tour that I thought we might consider for Sunday. We like walking tours in general, so I figure we can find others.

Here are my questions:
1) I have tickets for Ann Frank house, and even though I thought I was WAY in advance, we ended up with evening tickets, on our LAST night. Which is fine, but I was quite surprised. Should I buy tickets ahead for the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum? As far as I can tell, they aren't timed, or even tied to a particular day, but save you waiting in the ticket line. Is that right? I have looked at the various passes you can get, but I'm not sure we'll see enough to make a pass worthwhile. Also, I did not see special senior prices - do they not do that in the Netherlands?
2) Weather for late August - certainly cooler than where we are in Wash DC. Will a jean jacket or short rain jacket be enough? I'm trying to pack light and can't figure out if it will be 'summery' or more fall type weather.
3) Food - I know to go to an Indonesian restaurant, but where's a good source for nice neighborhood restaurants and cafes?
4) Other specialized walking tours or canal tours - any recommendations?
5) The other museum I'm considering is the Dutch Resistance Museum, and also Our Lord in the Attic - worthwhile?

With Vondel park nearby, I think we'll be able to fill up 4 days pretty nicely. And help is greatly appreciated, as always.

Alice

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