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My boyfriend and I just spent 10 wonderful nights in Amsterdam, taking 5 day trips. Amsterdam, as always, a great city, very friendly people, easy tram system, great art and architecture, and the coffee shops, of course. Among the sites we saw were the Van Loon museum, the Bols museum, and of course the Van Gogh. The current show at the Hermitage was not so impressive, however. Nothing really wrong with it, we were just not that interested in the current theme, clothing during the tsarist age. The Rijks is still mostly closed down, but there is a beautiful Avercamp exhibit going on. A visit to the reproduction of the Amsterdam sailing ship in the harbor by NEMO was fun and interesting.
Went to Het Loo and the Kroller-Muller in Apeldoorn, well worth the two seperate trips! Could not possibly do both in one day. Logistics of the buses aside, why rush? Each is a treasure. Spent a wonderful day in the Hague viewing the Vermeers among much else at the Mauritshuis, and a few hours at the Escher museum, a few blocks away. The bell tower and museums of Utrecht took a full day. What a climb, but the views are great. The Teyler's museum in Haarlem is fascinating and the North Sea is just a 15 minute tram ride. The beach was deserted, beautiful dark forboding sky.
We stayed at the Omega Hotel in the musum district, great location, walking distance to the Rijks, great free breakfast, low rates. A few of the staff, however, were more interested in surfing the web then helping guests. The guy who checked us in seemed particularly irritated when we dragged him from the computer screen to check in, and later that night when I wanted to buy a beer at the bar in the breakfast area.
The family owned restaurant across the street however, was a great, fun experience. Everyone sits togeather at long tables, and the owner is constantly on the move making sure everything was perfect. Great pizzas and other Italian dishes, incredible desserts.
Overall, it was a fantastic trip, and we even got a dusting of snow to highlight the canals and buildings!

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