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Dam, Dam, Amsterdam April 20-22

Arriving, Boarding and Touring

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April 20, 2016-continued
7615497-Arrival_Amsterdam.jpgOur hotel-the Movenpick-the high rise part

Our hotel-the Movenpick-the high rise part


The Movenpick hotel is a big tower plus some rooms in a larger section below the tower. We waited in line a long time to check in (about a half hour) - finally got checked in by 5:00. This is very large and very busy hotel. The hotel itself is beautiful and it is in a pretty location, right down at the docks. The internet was good. We have a huge room (plenty of room for the scooter) with an anteroom
me reflected in the anteroom mirror

me reflected in the anteroom mirror


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a bathroom with a handicapped shower

a bathroom with a handicapped shower


and a small fridge

and a small fridge


But it is in the larger bottom section and it is hard to get an elevator that has room for me on the scooter. Unfortunately, the Maritime Museum where I had planned to go to this afternoon is closed for meetings. So we may not to much beside go to dinner. I was going to go to Jamie Oliver's restaurant which is quite near the hotel, but I changed my mind because about half the reviews were that the service was bad and I wasn't up for waiting. So I decided that we should try to see how far it was to where the ship was docked.
Going to look at the  docks

Going to look at the docks


Oops - I have picked the wrong hotel. Although I got the information on the dock from the on-line Amawaterways information and it is the closest to the docks, this hotel is the Viking hotel and I should be at the Softel which is where Ama hangs out. In order to get from the hotel to the boat, we have to go across a big bridge - so we have to go back far enough to get onto the bridge and then cross the bridge and then go down and back beside the bridge to the dock - twice as far as if we could just go directly. Bob does not think that we can do it with the luggage. Also he packed for the weather in Maryland and it is significantly colder here. So walking over I think he was cold - I was cold and I was wearing a lined coat. At the last minute he put in a sweater other than that, all he has is his sweatshirt and a jacket. Anyway, we walked and scootered over to the docks, crossing the bridge that separates the hotel form the docks
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and went down onto the dock area
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where I saw another Ama ship and there was a guy there in uniform.
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He said AmaViola was rafted on the other ship.
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Bob walking back to the hotel ahead of me

Bob walking back to the hotel ahead of me


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Movenpick Hotel and restaurant from the road

Movenpick Hotel and restaurant from the road


Dinner cruise canal boat

Dinner cruise canal boat


Went back to the hotel and went to the restaurant but they said they were fully booked and it would be 45 minutes before we could get a table, so we went and ate in the bar.
Lobby of the hotel going to the bar

Lobby of the hotel going to the bar


Logo of the restaurant

Logo of the restaurant

Art on the wall of the bar

Art on the wall of the bar


I got a Amsterdam burger (which was a cheeseburger) I got mustard and pickles with mine. I gave the mustard to Bob.
My Amsterdam burger and mustard

My Amsterdam burger and mustard


Bob got a US burger (which had bacon on it).
Bob's fries, burger and cole slaw

Bob's fries, burger and cole slaw


He gave his bacon to me as he thought it was raw (as in not burnt the way he likes it) His fries were very salty - mine were not so bad.
My  fries

My fries


Tea glass and sugar packets

Tea glass and sugar packets


We got a pot of tea (half a glass each) and some water. We both were having trouble actually eating - we both ate the hamburger and left the bun. I had a scoop of ice cream. Then we came back to the room and Bob got undressed and was asleep almost immediately. I lasted a short time longer, and then I also went to sleep. I waked about 1:30 Amsterdam time, and then went back to sleep.

April 21, 2016
This morning we got up about 6:30 and got dressed. I had a shower utilizing the handicapped shower where I could sit and shower.
Hotel restaurant from the bridge

Hotel restaurant from the bridge


We went to the main restaurant (the Silk) for the very expensive ($25.00 each) buffet breakfast and it was a zoo. As usual doing a buffet is very hard for me and we did not get any juice as that was in another section.
Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Bob getting me something from the buffet

Bob getting me something from the buffet

Scrambled eggs, fried potatoes and tiny pancakes

Scrambled eggs, fried potatoes and tiny pancakes

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We will check out about noon and take a taxi (the desk says about 8€) to the ship. We came back to the hotel room after breakfast and after a bit I decided to call AmaViola and see if we could come early. They said it was fine to come right away. This is their first cruise, so they don't have rooms to clean. When I looked out the bathroom window, I saw a regular size big cruise ship right outside. This turned out to be AIDA Mar which is a German ship. They were loading right from the Movenpick Hotel dock
AIDA Mar

AIDA Mar


We packed ourselves up and came down to the lobby - had to wait to check out the hotel was very busy. Got a taxi and found that they had moved AmaViola during the night and it was now right next to the dock. Bob gave the driver a ten € note, but the meter only had 7.46€ on it. So he got a much bigger tip than what I would have given him. I was able to get the scooter up the ramp (it had cleats on it - this is an example of a
Ramp with cleats (and also steps at the top)

Ramp with cleats (and also steps at the top)


and they took our luggage to our room while we registered. They took our passports for overnight.
Buses bringing passengers - from our window

Buses bringing passengers - from our window


We got into the room but the suitcases were all on the floor so there was no room for the scooter. We went to the lounge
View from the lounge of the bow

View from the lounge of the bow


where they had lunch - pea soup and finger sandwiches.
egg salad and cucumber sandwiches

egg salad and cucumber sandwiches


There were fresh tulips at all the tables
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Reflection of tulips in the glass table in the lounge


and big vases of them in the public areas. Bob had two cups of pea soup (it is one of his fav's)
split pea soup

split pea soup


and we had some sandwiches and then went back and unpacked. The cabin was excellent. There was free internet on the TV and also many TV channels. The bow camera was the best I have ever seen and at night they used Infrared technology, so we could see even in the dark. There was a set-up to open wine bottles. There were electric outlets for both Europe and US. The sliding windows were kept spotlessly clean so I could photograph the scenery through the window, or I could open the window and look out (although I didn't do that very often because it was cold outside). The bed was comfortable.
Sitting on the bed taking a photo of the cabin

Sitting on the bed taking a photo of the cabin


As we unpacked we found that while there is plenty of hanging space with plenty of hangers,
Closet for hanging clothes

Closet for hanging clothes


but there are almost no drawers, and very few shelves. Underneath my side of the bed is not accessible as there is a drawer there, but Bob put my suitcase in his suitcase and put them under his side of the bed. There is a refrigerator, and a safe that take up two of the cabinets. I have my socks and underwear in a small drawer next to the bed, and I have one shelf for tops and my bathing suit and sweaters. It is a big shelf. There is an alarm clock on my nightstand and a bottle of water. I put my pills on the shelf over the two drawers as I can take them with water on the night stand and don't have to go into the bathroom for that
Bathrobe

Bathrobe


There is plenty of storage in the bathroom (a cabinet over the sink and one under the sink).
Shelves in the bathroom

Shelves in the bathroom


There's also a stool for me to sit on in the shower.
Shower

Shower

Shower stool (and toilet on the right)

Shower stool (and toilet on the right)

sink

sink

shower gel, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner

shower gel, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner


I have gotten one of the chairs in the room taken away. I am pretty good now at coming in and turning around where that chair was and parking in front of the refrigerator for it to be charged.
Scooter in the cabin

Scooter in the cabin


And most important, I could get in and out of the room on the scooter by myself because the door would stay open. We put the little table out of the way under the desk. I was ready now to take a taxi into town, but Bob said he was ready for a nap, so I didn't go. I was hoping to look for a ring for my granddaughter, but I guess I'll have to wait until I get home. I was experimenting with the TV and accidentally got the internet on it and couldn't get out of it, so I turned the internet off and then couldn't turn the TV on. So for the second time I had to call the hotel manager and he showed us where the switch in the back was to turn it on. On the previous visit he showed me how to open the window. About 3:45, Bob waked up and asked if we were going to tea, so we got up and went to the lounge for tea. To get to the lounge or dining room, we went down the corridor and I scootered into the elevator and Bob walked down the steps. This was SOP for us.
Corridor of deck 3 AmaViola

Corridor of deck 3 AmaViola

One of the crew

One of the crew

Looking up at the roof from inside the elevator

Looking up at the roof from inside the elevator


They had sandwiches as before and a raspberry cheesecake and coffee cake. But we didn't find where to get the hot tea.
sandwiches

sandwiches


Back at the cabin, I took some photos of the cabin itself. Then just before 6 we went back to the lounge for the Captains champagne reception and safety briefing.
Lounge before the Welcome Reception

Lounge before the Welcome Reception


We had orange juice instead of champagne. We sat with some people named Dick and Liz from El Paso.
Rose from the captain

Rose from the captain


The Captain was giving a rose to each woman - he told us that there was a vase in the cabin, and there is. The Cruise Director introduced the Captain and he gave the safety briefing and introduced the staff, and then each of the heads of department gave a little speech and then the Cruise Director talked about what we are doing tomorrow. The whole thing lasted until 7:00 and then it was time for dinner. We asked to sit with other people and we got Dave from NH, and Jan and Maurine (Mo) from Indiana PA. They are sisters. Jan is a widow. They were both sailors. Dave got invited to the Captain's table so it was just the four of us trading sailing stories. We had a "amuse bouche" (spinach, tomato salsa, grilled feta)
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and then we the crab cake appetizer - a crab cake about the size of 50 cent piece but thicker, and a whole crayfish with pineapple salsa.
whole crayfish with pineapple salsa

whole crayfish with pineapple salsa


The next course was mushroom cappuccino soup which came with a big froth on top and was really hot so you had to be careful not to burn your tongue.
Mushroom cappuccino soup

Mushroom cappuccino soup


The Bob got the always available Salmon Fillet with potato wedges which came in a metal basket,
Bob's salmon and fries

Bob's salmon and fries


and I had the
Whole Roast US Beef Sirloin with red wine sauce

Whole Roast US Beef Sirloin with red wine sauce


It came with cauliflower and broccoli and potatoes. I eventually scraped the wine sauce off. Then Bob had the
Mascarpose Mouse with Caramel Chocolate Sauce

Mascarpose Mouse with Caramel Chocolate Sauce


(which he didn't care for) and I had Cherry Jubilee. I thought I was just getting ice cream.
Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee


They also gave us petit fours, but I was full and only ate one.
Petit Fours

Petit Fours


While we were eating, the boat moved around to a different location. Where before our room overlooked the street, now we are looking out over the water.
View from our window after the ship moved

View from our window after the ship moved


When we got back to our room, the bed had been turned down and there was chocolate on the pillows and the plan of the day for the next day. The cabin steward had spread my nightgown out on the bed and Bob thought it was a dress. So we are all tucked up in bed with the rose in a vase on the dresser.

April 22nd (Friday) was an arduous day. The original plan was:
Day 2 AMSTERDAM - VOLENDAM - EDAM
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the historic harbor and canals of Amsterdam....Return to the ship for lunch while you cruise the Ijsselmeer towards Volendam. Enjoy a late afternoon tour of Volendam Harbor and see the fishing fleet and fish auction building. Continue by motor coach to Edam, a picturesque town with a rich historic past. You will have a walking tour of the Old Quarter’s beautiful houses, canals, bridges and churches, including one of the largest in Holland, the Grote Kerk (Great Church). (B,L,D)

WE DID NOT DOCK IN VOLENDAM, we did not see the fishing fleet or the fish auction building and while we saw the Grote Kerk in Edam, we did not get time to go into it.

We had a canal tour of Amsterdam (one of the goals of the trip) at 9 so we got up to get down to breakfast a little before 8. They have breakfast and lunch set up for partly buffet and I just cannot do the buffet - not only do I not have a place to put the food I take, but there isn't room for the scooter. So I ordered
poached eggs on toast

poached eggs on toast


Bob did the buffet.
scrambled eggs, bacon and grapefruit

scrambled eggs, bacon and grapefruit


Now we had to get back to the docks next to the Movenpick hotel to take the canal boat. The slow walkers were to have a van to take them over. I didn't think the scooter would work that well on the canal boat, so I just took my cane.

Problem - we had moved so we were not right at the dock where we boarded last night. So I had to walk across another boat, and then down the length of the boat before I got to the main dock to walk to get the van. I almost couldn't do it. The van driver put me in the front seat (which I do like) because he said it would be easier for me (which I doubt). He tried to belt me in with the belt from the middle seat, but it wouldn't work. While he was doing something else, I found the proper belt and attached it. They let us off on the other side of the canal from where the boats were and we had to climb down some very narrow pointed steps, and then walk the full length of that dock to get to the boat.
Top of the steps and line walking to canal boat

Top of the steps and line walking to canal boat


looking under the bridge we had to cross

looking under the bridge we had to cross

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The tour was an hour. Bob got better photos than I did because he could move around better and I was away from the window.
Museo Nemo

Museo Nemo

Church of St. Nicholas

Church of St. Nicholas

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no parking sign for boats

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line at Anne Frank house

line at Anne Frank house

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Bobs photo of me

Bobs photo of me


Museum of Bags and Purses

Museum of Bags and Purses

Drawbridge

Drawbridge


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One of the interesting things we saw was this house front which I took a photo of, but I don't remember that they explained it to us.From the photo, I thought at first it was St. George slaying the dragon. I didn't know what the elephant signified. But I found out that the man was really St. Michael (St George is usually portrayed on horseback) and he was slaying a dragon representing the devil. The elephant head was the symbol of the bakers which owned the house. The bakers made 'Kolkse Koeken', which was a spicy pastry made in a bakery at the Nieuwezijds Kolk which went by the name 'De Witte Olifant' (in English, the White Elephant). Owners of the bakery were Pieter van Scorel and his son Cornelis and this was their house. The family had made an enormous fortune by trading on the stock exchange with the money they earned from the sale of hard tack or ship's biscuit to the large fleets of the Dutch East and West Indies Trading Companies. On the side they sold other breads and those lovely Kolkse Koeken. The Elephant was regarded as a particularly apt symbol for pastry bakers and their spicy wares. Elephants were associated with the exotic regions from which the fleets of those trading companies brought back spices.
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I was disappointed in the canal tour. I had hoped that Bob would be able to see more of Amsterdam.
The hop-on-hop-off canal tour that I did with my granddaughter in 2009 was better in two ways - it was out in the open so I could take photos with no reflections, and it was more extensive - plus the recorded tour was better. Didn't repeat itself so much. I wish I could have opted out of the canal boat cruise of Amsterdam and taken the hop-on-hop-off tour boat on our own.

They docked us closer to where the vans picked us up this time, and we drove back to the AmaViola (our ship), and I sat on my cane and waited for Bob to walk back to the boat and get my scooter for me. Otherwise I might still be there on the dock.
skyline leaving Amsterdam

skyline leaving Amsterdam


Cruising to Hoorn

Cruising to Hoorn

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Alighting in the Netherlands -April 20, 2016 -

Arriving

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Flying in over the Netherlands
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We landed early at Schiphol. We got the scooter, unscathed from being gate-checked

The wheelchair pushing person was quite efficient and helpful. She had two wheelchair people - us and a man and his wife. The wife pushed their wheelchair. Bob got the scooter and put the battery in it so we put the hand luggage on the wheelchair and went to baggage claim. Got the baggage, and we went through customs (nothing to declare which meant just walking through a door), and she took us to the "meeting place" (a red and white checkerboard cube) where drivers pick people up.

Meeting Point

Meeting Point

Meeting Point

Meeting Point


The driver was not there. She took the phone number at the bottom of the thing I printed out and called and the driver was on his way. He got there about 4:00, and drove us to the hotel.
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Machine to pay parking at the airport

Machine to pay parking at the airport

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I was in the back seat so I didn't get to take any pictures.

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Passing Marken - April 22

Lunch while Cruising to Hoorn

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Then the boat started for Hoorn.

sailboat from the AmaViola

sailboat from the AmaViola


We got a chance to see the boat go through a lock on the way there
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Directional lock signs

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Windsock on the opposite lock

Windsock on the opposite lock

Lock

Lock

lock house

lock house

Side of the lock

Side of the lock

and we ate lunch during the trip. I managed to do the
salad bar

salad bar


and then had
vegetable broth

vegetable broth


and
spaghetti

spaghetti

Although I was not able to actually get to Marken on my 2016 trip, I did photograph the Paard van Marken (the Marken lighthouse) twice from the IJsselmeer on our way to and from Hoorn.
Lighthouse from a distance

Lighthouse from a distance


Marken lighthouse

Marken lighthouse

Marken lighthouse

Marken lighthouse


The lighthouse is located at the eastern tip of the island of Marken, in the Markermeer about 19 miles northeast of Amsterdam. Because of its profile as seen from a distance, the lighthouse is traditionally called het Paard van Marken (the horse of Marken).
Paard van Marken

Paard van Marken

It is a good walk from the village. The lighthouse was built in 1839 by J. Valk on a site of a more primitive tower that was on this site dating from about 1700. The focal plane (height of the light) is 53 ft. The lighthouse is active and has a white light oscillating once every 8 seconds. The lighthouse consists of a round brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 2-story keeper's house. The lighthouse is painted white; lantern dome is red.
Markem lighthouse from a ship

Markem lighthouse from a ship


In the winter, northeast winds funnel ice down the IJsselmeer toward the lighthouse, sometimes endangering the buildings; the original keeper's house was destroyed by ice in 1879, the present keeper's house was heavily damaged in 1900, and in 1971 ice reached the roof of the keeper's house. The lantern was replaced in 1992, and the fog horn was deactivated in 2001. The lighthouse was declared a national monument in 1970. The lighthouse is privately owned and is occupied at the moment.
Lighthouse at dusk

Lighthouse at dusk

Sunset on the IJsselmeer

Sunset on the IJsselmeer

Markem Lighthouse at sunset

Markem Lighthouse at sunset


We were originally to dock in Volendam, but they changed the itinerary and instead we docked in Hoorn. This was a great disappointment to me because I particularly wanted to get to Volendam on the ship. We had the option go on a walk of Hoorn or take a bus to Edam and Volendam. I wanted to go to Volendam, so that was what we did. I did not realize that I could have just gotten a taxi to Volendam from Hoorn instead of taking the tour. When we got to Hoorn, we were rafted between AmaStella (outboard of us) and a Viking ship (on the dock) We could not just walk across the Viking ship because the decks did not match. So we had to walk up to the Sun Deck (the top deck), cross our Sun Deck, walk across the bridge to the top deck of the Viking ship and then walk down to the dock level. One of the ship crew, thinking he was helping took the scooter all the way to the dock. That meant I had not only to walk up the steps to the Sun Deck (would not be a problem) but walk down the deck, and across the two decks and up the other deck and down some stairs. At that point I said I knew that the Viking ship had an elevator, so I took that down to the dock.

Viking ship next to the dock

Viking ship next to the dock


Hoorn was the capitol of West Friesland and was once more powerful than Amsterdam. In May 1615, Dutch explorers Abel Tasman and Willem Schouten left from Hoorn to make the first trip around Cape Horn to the Pacific. Cape Horn is named after Hoorn, the birth place of Schouten. Another famous son of Hoorn is Jacob Coen who founded Jakarta in Indonesia, and consolidated Dutch power in the East.

All I saw of Hoorn was the walk to the bus and the drive out to Edam. As we walked (I was on the scooter) to the bus. I was trying to take photos with one hand and steer the scooter with the other, and I ran up on someone's heels (he stopped unexpectedly)
Street of Hoorn

Street of Hoorn

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The Hoofdtoren (the Main Tower) is a tower near the harbor which was built for defense in 1532. It's made of limestone and brick I took photos of it as we left the harbor
The Hoofdtoren (The Head Tower)

The Hoofdtoren (The Head Tower)

Hoofdtoren

Hoofdtoren


I understand that it is now a bar and restaurant. Next to it is a statue of the cabin boys of Bontekoe. It is a historic monument

Another of the things we saw on the way to Edam was Koepelkerk.(the Dome Church),
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built in 1882, was designed by the Hoorn architect AC Bleys. The church served two parishes - the Roman Catholic parishes of St Cyriacus and St. Francis. The main church was dedicated to St. Cyriacus. The chapel of east of St Frances was no longer in use because there were no Franciscans who could read Mass. When the Church in the Back Street burned down in 1877, they used that site to build the new church. The church fell into disrepair and funds had to be raised to rescue it from collapse. It is now a listed building and still has church services on Sunday.
Koepelkerk church

Koepelkerk church


De Posthoorn Hotel - Hoorn

De Posthoorn Hotel - Hoorn


I saw this lighthouse from the the dining room of the AmaViola after we left Hoorn and was able to get two good photos.. The Hoorn West Havendam lighthouse is located at the end of the west breakwater at Hoorn, a town on the Markermeer about 13 miles southwest of Enkhuizen. The date of construction is unknown although we do know that a station was established here in the 1600s. It shows a white light, 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off. on a wood post with quadrupod bracing, painted black. There is a red and white post nearby.
Hoorn West Havendam Lighthouse

Hoorn West Havendam Lighthouse

Hoorn West Havendam Lighthouse

Hoorn West Havendam Lighthouse

engraving of the Hoorn West Havendam Lighthouse

engraving of the Hoorn West Havendam Lighthouse

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Mis-Scheduled Visit to Volendam - 22 April

Afternoon Walking Tour of Edam

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Marina in Hoorn

Marina in Hoorn


We drove to Edam on a road by a dike,
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Road along a canal

Road signs

Road signs

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passing sheep and cows and ducklings, and
Tulip fields

Tulip fields


We got to Edam about 4. This is the a parking lot where they let us off the bus
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The first drop-off point was also the local bus stop for buses coming to Edam. There are tours from the Central Station in Amsterdam to Edam and Volendam. You take bus 514 to Edam (10 €) There are also ways that you can rent a bike. We did the
Walking tour

Walking tour


Edam is a pretty little town. The buildings reflect the wealth of the Golden Age. It was an important ship building and trade center. But when the harbor silted up in the 17th century, Edam declined, and today the biggest industry is tourism
Interesting doorway

Interesting doorway


We saw some typical Dutch bridges on our walking tour of Edam. Two of them were near where we got off the bus near Klein Westerbuten -Oosthuizerweg. The most picturesque bridge was the
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Kwakelbrug bridge on Schepenmakersdijk


Small waterways like canals with a lot of boat traffic need to have bridges which are quickly and easily lifted. These are called "Tall Bridges" A tall bridge is a stripped down version of a bascule bridge with one lever. A tall bridge can quickly and efficiently be raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This quickly allows water traffic to pass while only briefly stalling road traffic. A small bridge could rest on only one pylon, which is advantageous because it consumes less materials and energy
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Edam canal

Edam canal

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Tea Houses of Schepenmakersdijk

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Tea Houses of Schepenmakersdijk

Window detail

Window detail


One of the things that the guide would point out was how the fronts of the houses had that typical old style Dutch architecture with the stepped gables. There were several different styles - some had more "steps" than others. Unfortunately, I didn't take note when I took the pictures, what buildings I was taking photos of.
Single swoopy top

Single swoopy top

Two houses - one plain, one with 7 steps

Two houses - one plain, one with 7 steps

Five steps

Five steps

Building with stepped gable and crest

Building with stepped gable and crest

Sign translates as Dutch Water Board

Sign translates as Dutch Water Board

The Crescent Moon

The Crescent Moon

Ladies clothing store - nieuwe collectie

Ladies clothing store - nieuwe collectie


Shop - Drogisterij de Graaf (Beauty supplies)

Shop - Drogisterij de Graaf (Beauty supplies)


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Flower shop


Verse Boerderij Friet

Verse Boerderij Friet


approaching The Speeltoren

approaching The Speeltoren


The Speeltoren

The Speeltoren


We saw the Speeltoren clock tower on our visit, but either I wasn't listening to the tour guide or she didn't mention that this was a 15th century carillon tower with 19 bells. I figured it out by looking at my photo. The octagonal part of the tower is made of sandstone and dates from the 16th century. The tower was restored in 1764 and also 1922 to 1924 and in 1972. The 1972 restoration apparently de-stabilized the tower and it had to be "further consolidated", The original device that rings the bells has been replaced so the bells can now be heard. They ring every 15 minutes. But I don't remember hearing them. Probably because I had the guide's voice for our group in one ear. Apparently the tower was originally part of the 13th century Our Lady a small church which was demolished in the 19th century. It is now a one of Netherlands historic monuments. The page about the carillon says "..the first chimes of 1547 were replaced in 1569 by a carillon from the Great Church. This carillon restored in 1999 consists of 19 bells, four of which were cast by Pieter van den Gheyn (1561).
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old etching of The Speeltoren


I followed the group on my scooter up to the point where she took everyone up on a steep bridge. This apparently was formerly a lock which has been made into a bridge. I felt it was too steep for me to attempt on the scooter, so I asked Bob to go up and take photos from there. I probably could have gotten up there (with several people pushing), but coming down would have been hazardous. So I decided not to go up there.
me in the pink coat following the group

me in the pink coat following the group


Bob went up and took photos. The page which lists all the monuments (listed buildings) says: Damsluis, wide overpass at the western end of the Voorhaven, placed according to the dates of the keystones in the present form in 1795- '98. It has iron railings; on the west side it still says XVI A. The quays east of the overpass have two courses of stone from 1701. At the top of the bridge you can see the Town Hall
Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

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Damsluis and Dam Square


I just took photos from the street beside it.
Damhotel next to Dam Square

Damhotel next to Dam Square


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Then we found someone from the AmaStella blue group who had lost her group. (Each guide had a colored paddle to hold up for us to follow).
Guide of the Green group

Guide of the Green group


The cheese market is no longer the heart of the town. There is a smaller (smaller than the main one in Alkmaar) Cheese Market re-enactment in Edam on Wednesdays in the summer. We were there on Friday in April, so of course did not see it then. The original and actual market in Edam closed in 1922, and the re-enactment for tourists started in 1989. There is a statue of the cheese porters called De Kaasdragers outside of the weigh house which was placed there in 2013 at the celebration of the 25 year jubilee of the Edam cheese market society.
statue of De Kaasdragers (Cheese porters)

statue of De Kaasdragers (Cheese porters)


Old weigh house from 1778

Old weigh house from 1778


The weigh house with the brightly decorated facade dates from 1778
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I went into the Edam cheese weighing station to get out of the wind. Even if you are not there on Wednesday, the weigh house is open and has an exhibit showing how cheese is made.
Bob's photo of me heading for the Cheese weigh station

Bob's photo of me heading for the Cheese weigh station


There was a description of the process inside
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Scale

Scale


The brochure for this tour said we were to have a cheese tasting,
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but we didn't get to that and Raul, the cruise director said it was just that there were places in Edam where we could taste cheese, but it wasn't actually part of the tour. If I had known that, I would have gone in and done some cheese tasting. But I was waiting for the guide to take us to where we would taste cheese. I was anxious to reach Volendam, so I did not stop or shop in Edam. This shop is located in a listed building which dates from the 16th century. From 1947 is a cheese specialty shop located here and from 1990 it is run by Bessel van Veen, who has a huge passion for everything to do with cheese and wine
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Just before we got back to the bus (which drove around and met us on the other side of the town),
Approaching the Grote Kerk on Grote Kerkstraat

Approaching the Grote Kerk on Grote Kerkstraat


Steeple of Grote Kerk

Steeple of Grote Kerk

Sign outside the church door

Sign outside the church door


Bob and I saw a cemetery - the Algemene Begraafplaats Edam (which means something like Edam General Cemetery) and went in and took a few photos.
Gate to Algemene Begraafplaats Edam

Gate to Algemene Begraafplaats Edam

Graves with the wall of Grote Kerk behind them

Graves with the wall of Grote Kerk behind them


We didn't have time to go in the church. Then we got on the bus and went a short distance to Volendam. When we got to Volendam, one of the men refused to get off the bus. We could hear the guide pleading with him and his absolute refusal. He said his leg hurt. So he didn't get off the bus. We were walking through the town when the guide got a call - we had left two people in Edam and they were coming by taxi - where should they meet her. So she handed over to the other guide with us (Raul the cruise manager said they had sent him to help me, but the guide himself said that they had arranged for 4 buses and only needed 3).
Main street in Volendam

Main street in Volendam


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He told me to go around and meet him at the hotel (he said there was only one) as he was going to lead the group up some steps. I did meet them.
The Hotel meeting place - Volendam

The Hotel meeting place - Volendam


I had prints of the photos that Daddy took in 1950 - two from Volendam and one which the guide identified as Markem. I was disappointed in Volendam - I expected to see people still wearing native dress, but they were not. Although apparently one of the things that one must do (if one is Dutch) when one visits Volendam is to have a photo taken in costume.
National Dress

National Dress


I went into a photography shop (one where you could have your photo taken in costume) and showed the photos to one of the ladies and she brought the shop manager out. The shop manager explained the difference between the costumes that the girls in one photo were wearing (she said she would have been about 3 years old in 1950) and said she knew the man at the fish stall but couldn't remember his name.
My sister and me in 1950 - Netherlands

My sister and me in 1950 - Netherlands


She also said that the very shop that I was in was in one of the photos. So I made a collage of the two photos
Then (1950) and Now (2016) - Volendam

Then (1950) and Now (2016) - Volendam


After we were all re-united we walked back to the bus
Waterfront of Volendam

Waterfront of Volendam


There was one stairway which the scooter had to be carried down. And we drove back to Hoorn and walked back to the ship. This time, the AmaViola was right next to the pier - no need to climb across a Viking ship.
Bob on the left - walking back to the AmaViola

Bob on the left - walking back to the AmaViola


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This was Dutch night for cuisine. I had beef carpaccio
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and cheese soup. Bob ordered the chicken consume
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and when I looked at my soup it didn't look like cheese soup -- Bob had my soup and I had his. We switched. We both had chicken breast with curry sauce and rice.
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I didn't like mine and my back was hurting so I couldn't get comfortable and Bob had a problem swallowing his dinner. He ordered hot tea, but it was too late.
Dutch Apple Cake

Dutch Apple Cake


For dessert I had the Dutch apple cake but Bob's banana split sundae looked good too.

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Het Loo-Handicapped Accessible Palace - 23 April

Royal Palace of the Dutch


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Last night, I downloaded photos and then I went to sleep with the TV on, and my glasses on too. Bob got up and turned off the TV. But this morning, I couldn't find my glasses. I tore everything apart looking for them (and missed many idyllic photos as we were
Coming into Arnhem)

Coming into Arnhem)


but did not find them until Bob looked under the bed (where I had looked several times previously, but you really can't see to find your glasses if you need glasses). After Bob found my glasses, we had to get to breakfast ASAP as our tour was leaving at 9:00, and it was now almost 8. I was afraid to order something so Bob just got me a selection from the buffet.
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Our table companions were a widow from Costa Rica and a widower from Austria who were traveling together and a lady from Canada. After we ate, I put on my sweater (and Bob put on one too) and we got our safety cards (cards which you take with you when you leave the ship) and our color card for the tour (ours was yellow). We put on our communication devices set to yellow, and went out and got on the bus.
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We were about the first ones on. Our guide this time had his microphone on the whole time and did not know it so I heard a lot of stuff that I probably was not meant to hear. But a lot of it was in Dutch so I didn't understand it.
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We had two choices of tours today - one to Arnhem Bridge & Arnhem Airborne Museum and the other to Het Loo Palace. I decided on the palace, which was the residence of the Dutch Royal Family until quite recently and was said to have been restored to be 'cozy' as if the family could still live there. I was thinking something like Queluz. It was a little more like Peterhof I think. Our guide was a sort of doddery old man, but at one point he said that when the Nazi's told everyone in Arnheim to leave in 1944, he was two years old - so that made him two years younger than my sister and about five years younger than I am. The day was mostly sunny, but windy.
house in Arnhem

house in Arnhem


Road to Het Loo

Road to Het Loo


We drove past a big pink bicycle and some pink bicycles on lamp posts - that is apparently for a bike race ending in Italy which is sponsored by what the guide said was a pink newspaper - whatever that it.
Pink Bikes

Pink Bikes


We got to the palace about 10,
Welcome sign at the gate

Welcome sign at the gate


along with another bus from our boat, a couple of Viking buses, a couple from AmaStella and at least two other buses. The roads and paths around the palace were paved with brick which made the going very bumpy, but not as bad a gravel or actual cobblestones.
Path to the Palace

Path to the Palace


Diagram - we walked from the lower left to the red area

Diagram - we walked from the lower left to the red area


We got our tickets from the guide
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Ticket

From the entrance building to the courtyard

From the entrance building to the courtyard

Queen Julianna statue

Queen Julianna statue


and also a booklet explaining the palace, and he tried to explain the various monarchs - Kings and Stadhouders which were apparently place-holders for Lords or Princes. I didn't understand it until I looked it up later.

As we exited the Entrance building we entered the Stables Square (with peacocks on the lawns).

Royal Stables

Royal Stables


The stables were built between 1907 and 1909 at the orders of Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962). The stable had room for 88 horses. Most of the horses are gone but there are two retired horses still in the stables.
Royal Stables

Royal Stables

Royal Stables

Royal Stables


A section of the stables is still used by the Royal Stables in The Hague. In the middle are two large coach houses. Royal carriages and sleighs as well as liveries (uniforms of the coachmen) are on display here. We didn't visit here because by the time I got back to this area my back was too painful for me to continue
Royal Garage

Royal Garage


Opposite the Royal Stables was the Prins Hendrik Garage. In the 1920s when horses and carriages were replaced by cars, Prince Hendrik, the husband of Queen Wilhelmina had this addition built for the cars. Highlight of the collection is the Cadillac Convertible Sedan. The car was bought in 1949 and used by Princess Wilhelmina. Near the Prins Hendrik Garage there is a playground for children.
Diagram of the site - Entrance lower left

Diagram of the site - Entrance lower left


The palace has two restaurants and a Kiosk. We didn't see the Kiosk which is at the back of the gardens behind the Colonnades.
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We didn't go out into the gardens because it was cold and the pathways were gravel which might have been difficult with a scooter.
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The first restaurant we saw was the Grand Cafe of Paleis Het Loo at the Prins Hendrik Garage. It is a self-service restaurant. This restaurant is outside the gate where they take your ticket. You do not have to pay for admission to go to the stables, this restaurant or the playground.

Tickets are punched at the palace gate. First we went to a building which houses the second restaurant - Restaurant de Balzaal which is located in the west wing of the palace and overlooks the croquet court. That restaurant was not open when we were there - it is the one which is in the former palace kitchens and can be set up as a ballroom. The walls are covered with hunting tableaux painted on gold leather from the Rubens estate.
Restaurant/Ballroom

Restaurant/Ballroom


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Model of the Groene Draeck

Dinner services

Dinner services

Display case and stairway

Display case and stairway


Before and after we entered at the gate, we took some photos of the palace itself. The guide explained that when Napoleon's brother lived here, he had the palace plastered in white. When the decision was made to make the palace into a museum, it was restored to the original 17th century appearance outside (i.e. they removed the plaster) We did not go to the West Wing which has temporary exhibits.
West wing

West wing


Palace through the trees

Palace through the trees


Blue Entrance booths

Blue Entrance booths


Outside the fence of the palace

Outside the fence of the palace


Lawn area with tree before we entered the East Wing

Lawn area with tree before we entered the East Wing


The guy at the gate who punched our tickets said that the elevator was on the left.
East wing from outside the palace gates

East wing from outside the palace gates

Fountain in the middle of the palace entrance

Fountain in the middle of the palace entrance


Flag on the palace

Flag on the palace


Eventually our guide pointed us to the left and said to go in that way instead of going down the steps with the dangerous step at the bottom. We rang the intercom bell and someone came and unlocked the door and we went in - there was an elevator there to take us up to the first floor.
Disabled Access To Het Loo Palace

Disabled Access To Het Loo Palace


We did not do the tour in order - we started out at Prins Hendrik's Staircase #29 and then went to #31 the Hunting Room of Prince Henrick which had a wall covered with hunting trophies (antlers), and also a cuckoo clock. At the end of the first floor and we went up the elevator to the second floor. But for the purposes of this narrative, I am putting the photos in the order in which one would normally encounter them.

The Het Loo Palace was the former residence of the Royal Family of the Netherlands. It was open to the public after the restoration of 1984. In 1684, stadtholder Willem III (1650-1702) purchased the medieval hunting lodge ‘Het Oude Loo’ together with the surrounding buildings, woods, estates and water courses. He wanted to build a new hunting lodge on this site, one which would compete with the country estates of other European royalty. There are more than thirty rooms in the Palace which are numbered and organized more or less in chronological order.
Fireplace in the Vestibule (Room #1)

Fireplace in the Vestibule (Room #1)


The first place most visitors see is the Vestibule or Entrance Hall which is hung with tapestries.
Het Loo Palace #1

Het Loo Palace #1


Het Loo Palace #1

Het Loo Palace #1


The sign in the room tells us about the portrait of Willem III when he was King of England,
Willem III

Willem III


and also Queen Mary II his wife.
Het Loo Palace #1

Het Loo Palace #1


After you exit the Vestibule, you go into room #2, the Bentinck Room (behind the audio tour counter)

#2 Bentinck Room

#2 Bentinck Room


which is named for Hans Willem Bentinck, the Duke of Portland. He was an advisor for Willem III. The ceiling with painted clouds and a frame of imitation marble is from the 17th century. The rest of the room is of the 19th century as it was later used by Sophie (sister of King Willem III) You can look into this room from the Vestibule, but you can't go into it.

From the Vestibule, you pass through the Old Dining Room #3 . This was the dining room of Stadtholder Willem III before he became King of England. A dining room was something new in the 17th century. People just ate wherever they were - if the Stadtholder said he wanted to eat, a table would be brought to him wherever he was.
Floor boards (and the edge of the carpet) Room #3 -Old Dining Room

Floor boards (and the edge of the carpet) Room #3 -Old Dining Room

Ceiling detail in the Old Dining Room (Room #3) - Old Dining Room

Ceiling detail in the Old Dining Room (Room #3) - Old Dining Room


A characteristic of all the apartments of Willem and Mary are the wood carved door frames with oak and acanthus leaves.

Next was the New Dining Room. Because we were going around on our own (and I just took photos without stopping to read the signs), I did not appreciate the NEW Dining Room.
Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room


Willem III had Daniel Marot design this room in 1692. Daniel worked for King Louis XIV, but when Louis XIV made it a punishable offense to be Protestant, Daniel fled to Holland, and became the head decorator of Willem III. This room remained the royal dining room for many generations. Commoners were allowed to watch the King eat, and during important dinners there would be musicians. What I thought was most interesting were the dishes in the shape of birds with tail feathers - one with a peacock tail feathers, and one with pheasant feathers.
Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace- The New Dining Room


The chandelier is a copy that Queen Wilhelmina had made of a 17th century Andre-Charles Boulle gilded bronze chandelier so it would make the room reflect the era of Willem III.
Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room

Het Loo Palace - The New Dining Room


the tapestries were based on a design by Marot and symbolize the power of William and Mary
Marble topped table with flowers

Marble topped table with flowers


The Portrait Gallery (Room 5). In the booklet about the palace, this is called White Hall or Stone Room. Most of the time in the 17th century, there were no halls - the rooms just connected with each other.
Portrait Gallery in Room #5

Portrait Gallery in Room #5


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Bob's picture of me in the Portrait Gallery

Bob's picture of me in the Portrait Gallery


The walls of this area are hung with portraits of the Frisian Nassaus. They were the branch of the family of a brother of Willem of Orange. When Willem III died childless, Willem IV came from this branch of the family. I wondered about the equestrian portrait which reminded me of one I saw in the Prado.
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It turns out that it is a portrait of Prins Frederik Hendrik van Oranje Nassau (1584-1647) attributed to Jacob Fransz van der Merck, date unknown. My photo is a little skewed because it was taken from a lower point since I was on a scooter and not standing.

Room #6 is the chapel - we do not seem to have any photos of the chapel which was originally Anglican, built for King Willem III and his wife Mary. After her death in 1962, Queen Wilhelmina lay in state here.

We apparently skipped room #7 (Cabinet of Stadtholder Willem IV) and room #8 the Frisian Cabinet. After Willem III's death, it was 45 years before an Orange was named Stadtholder of the whole Republic. Eventually William IV (who was married to Anne - the daughter of the English King George II) became the new Stadtholder. After room #7 and #8, most people walked up stairs. We took the elevator up
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elevator


to Room #9 the Cabinet of Stadtholder Willem V. We are now into the 18th century, Willem V (1748-1806) was fond of luxurious furniture and loved things from the Far East.
Room #9

Room #9


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Room #9

Room #9

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Room #10, the Library is once again back in the 17th century -
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this was a room used by King Stadtholder Willem III. Incidentally, Willem III was both a King of England and a Stadtholder of the Netherlands. I wondered why the library was called a Bibliotheek which was so close to the French word for library. I guess maybe both words come from the Latin.
Bibliotheek - Room 10

Bibliotheek - Room 10


The ceiling (stucco with mirrors c 1692) was made by traveling Italian plasterers .
Mirrored ceiling of Room 10 - Library

Mirrored ceiling of Room 10 - Library

The Gallery (#11 Called Royal Showpieces) was under construction so the next thing I have photos of is Room #14 the Bedchamber of Queen Mary II (17th century).

Mary would receive guests here after she made them wait in the antechamber. She had a marvelous bed here that she could show off.
Bed of Queen Mary II

Bed of Queen Mary II


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Ceiling painting and chandelier


I also thought the ceiling was interesting. At first I thought it was copper. There was an chamber screen c 1685 which was embroidered (wool and silk) in cross stitch. You also have a good view of the garden from here (and from many of the upstairs rooms), but there was scaffolding outside the windows when we were there.
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The next room (#15 the Dressing Room, Private Closet and Bookroom of Queen Mary II), was very pretty, with a fireplace and tea table. It was hung with tapestries.
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Tea table and fireplace

Tea table and fireplace

Bob's photo of the tapestries with me on the scooter

Bob's photo of the tapestries with me on the scooter


The description said that Mary could read or drink tea from her Chinese porcelain and be undisturbed. There is a painting of her in this room (which I don't think I took a photo of) when she was 15 - the age at which she married Stadtholder Willem III, There is a Gueridon in the shape of a Moorish woman (Antwerp c 1675) by the fireplace
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Around in the back of Queen Mary II's Private Closet was a very strange room which had wallpaper depicting plates on the bottom and on the top there were actual plates hung on the wall. In the 17th century it was fashionable to decorate small rooms from top to bottom with porcelain.
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This set was made in the period of the Chinese emperor Kangxi for export. After that we went past #16 the Main Staircase.
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I only have one photo of this, but this area was designed by Daniel Marot as a square temple in the middle of nature with wall paintings of Eastern princes leaning over the balustrades. During the reign of King Louis Napoleon the 17th century wall paintings were in poor condition and he had them plastered over. In 1902, Queen Wilhemina had them restored.
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Next was the Audience Room -The floor rug is the one that Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard stood on at their wedding in the Hague. When King Willem I was at Het Loo he would hold an audience every Wednesday. Originally the Audience Room (Room #17) was the largest reception hall, so it would be held here.
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King-Stadtholder Willem III would receive guests standing before his walnut armchair in front of the fireplace. Over the fireplace, the chimney breast (c1680) features the crowned cypher of King-Stadtholder Willem III and Queen Mary II.
Room 17 - Audience Chamber

Room 17 - Audience Chamber


The original wall paintings and hanging have been preserved.
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The ceiling has been painted in such a way as to make the room seem even more imposing.

Then we went into Room #18 which was the first room in the apartments of King-Stadtholder Willem III. This room has leather wall paper which the sign says is practical because leather neutralizes unpleasant odors
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Next were the rooms (19-20) of King-Stadtholder Willem III. He worked in his bedroom because he was very busy and often was ill. He suffered with fainting spells, severe colds and shortness of breath. But even when he was in good health, he would receive counselors in the bed chamber.
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The bed, wall and chairs are covered with red damask which was the fashion of the time. I thought it looked a little like a bordello.
Red damask bed hangings

Red damask bed hangings

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After the Bedchamber of Willem III, we entered the 19th century Drawing Room of King Willem II (Room #21) He was the second Orange King of the Netherlands. He is famous due to his part in the success at the Battle of Waterloo. His state portrait hangs on the rear wall. There is a small painting next to it of his wife Queen Anna Pavlova. She was the sister of two Russian tsars. Typical Russian touches in this room are the desk items of green malachite.
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The Queen's Bathroom puts us firmly in the 20th century. Queen Wilhelmina had her bathroom (Room 24) remodeled with marble walls in 1904 - with modern touches such as heated towel racks and a shower.
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Het Loo Palace #12 - The Queens Bathroom -Room #24

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The fixtures were redone for her daughter Juliana in 1948. Even though this is a royal bathroom, it is still small so taking photos is a little more difficult
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Room 25 - the Bedroom of King Wilem III. When Stadholder Willem III became King of England, he decided to sleep in this room from then on. Since then all the Stadtholders and Kings of the House of Orange-Nassau have slept here when they were staying at Het Loo.
Side of King Willem III bedroom

Side of King Willem III bedroom

Nubian cherub lamp

Nubian cherub lamp


He was the first king to have his photograph taken. Photos of him and Queen Emma are on either side of the bed.
King Willem III bedroom

King Willem III bedroom


The furnishings date from the time of King Willem III. In 1890, he died here. Next to the toilet table is his poo chair. At the time the palace did not have running water or sewers.
Majolica vase in the king's bedroom

Majolica vase in the king's bedroom


The Prince Hendrik Staircase-Rm #29 was actually the first place we saw when we entered the palace. Prince Hendrik was the first prince married to a Queen. He was the consort of Queen Wilhelmina. In the time of the Kings Willem (I, II and III) this was the entrance to the apartment of their wives on the ground floor.
Portrait of Fredrich Wilhelm

Portrait of Fredrich Wilhelm


We did not see room #30 the Boudoir of Queen Sophie because this was down the stairs from Room 29. So the next place we went was the Hunting Room of Prince Hendrik (Room#31)
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Many antlers


We were immediately struck by the plethora of tiny little antlers on the wall. The description of this room says "Prince Hendrik, the husband of Queen Wilhelmina did much for the game population on the Veluwe. He had woods planted on the expansive Royal Estate. Like most of the inhabitants of Het Loo, he was also a hunting enthusiast. The trophies on the walls are from the Netherlands and Mecklenburg, the area of Germany from which he came
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Desk in the Hunting Room

Desk in the Hunting Room


Room 32 was Queen Emma's Drawing Room. She was the second wife of King Willem III, Het Loo Palace, 1888. This room was reconstructed in 1983 with original furniture, although it had originally been in another room of the palace. Emma took the embroidered and printed silk wall coverings to a palace in The Hague when she vacated Het Loo to make room for the next queen
Fireplace

Fireplace

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Reflected in the mirror

Fancy chandelier

Fancy chandelier

Another photo of the chandelier

Another photo of the chandelier


Right after Queen Emma's drawing room was Room 33, Prince Hendrik's Drawing room. Heinrich Vladimir was the third son of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg. When he married Queen Wilhelmina, his name was officially changed to the Dutch and was known for the rest of his life as Hendrik, Prince of the Netherlands. Prior to his marriage he made a long journey to India and his drawing room contains souvenirs of that trip including a wall lamp made from an elephant's trunk
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Bear rug on the floor

Bear rug on the floor

Between Prince Hendrik's Drawing Room and Queen Wilhelmina's Study was the music room (Room 34) The Queen's study (room 35) is where Wilhelmina painted and wrote her memoirs after she abdicated in September 1948. There is a model boat, and a brooding statue which I presume is Shakespeare.
Shakespeare and a model boat

Shakespeare and a model boat


Chandelier

Chandelier

Study desk

Study desk

Bookshelves

Bookshelves


Book Rack in the study

Book Rack in the study


Chair either in the Prince or the Queen's drawing room

Chair either in the Prince or the Queen's drawing room


Princess Juliana's Bedroom was Room 36. This has always been the room for the prince and princesses - near to their mother's rooms. When Princess Juliana reached age 18, she decorated the room with contemporary 20's furniture. When she moved to Soestdijk Palace she took a lot of the furnishings with her. After her death they were returned to Het Loo. Also here are the photos of the music room where she took her violin lessons next to the grand piano.
Princess Juliana's Bedroom

Princess Juliana's Bedroom

Piano in the music room (Room #34)

Piano in the music room (Room #34)

Chandelier (music room) and pictures

Chandelier (music room) and pictures

Pictures in the music room (Room #34)

Pictures in the music room (Room #34)

Desk in the music room

Desk in the music room


This is the final room in the Het Loo Palace

We got back to the original elevator
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and went back down to the ground floor where we had to wait for some time for the man to come and unlock the door to let us out. Givng me plenty of time to take photo of the area.
Koning Willem

Koning Willem

Tile picture of Willem III

Tile picture of Willem III

Queen

Queen


stairs to the rest of the palace

stairs to the rest of the palace


Door that has to be unlocked

Door that has to be unlocked


Then we went back to the ticket office place, used the bathrooms and got back on the bus. My back was really hurting so I went back to the back of the bus and lay down on the seats for awhile - that helped.
Lying on the back seat of the bus looking at the sky

Lying on the back seat of the bus looking at the sky


Bob was talking to some people who had moved to Belize.
Road from the bus on the way back to the boat

Road from the bus on the way back to the boat


Bicycle Car

Bicycle Car


Canal on the way back to the boat

Canal on the way back to the boat


Don't Drive Your Car into the Canal sign

Don't Drive Your Car into the Canal sign


When we got back to the docks, they were busy setting up for King's Day.
Following another bus

Following another bus

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River front restaurant

River front restaurant


Following the bus around the waterfront

Following the bus around the waterfront


AmaViola from the bus in Arnherm

AmaViola from the bus in Arnherm


We had a towel rabbit on our bed.
Towel Rabbit

Towel Rabbit


We went to lunch and I didn't bother with the buffet - had the ravioli soup, and the Fisherman's pot which had swordfish, shrimp, calamari and mussels - kind of a Dutch bouillabaisse.
Fisherman's Pot

Fisherman's Pot


Then the boat set sail for Nijmegen. This was a great afternoon - we were able to relax in our room and watch the scenery and life on the river as our boat passed.
Small boat and red marker

Small boat and red marker


Ferry

Ferry

House on the bank

House on the bank

Ducks on shore

Ducks on shore

Signs on shore

Signs on shore

Coal barge

Coal barge

Tug with bikes

Tug with bikes


Tree branch pattern against the sky

Tree branch pattern against the sky

Riprap

Riprap

Beach

Beach

Shoreline

Shoreline

Clouds

Clouds

Stern of a tug with cars

Stern of a tug with cars

Tug with a car on deck

Tug with a car on deck


Clump of trees on shore

Clump of trees on shore


cows in the water

cows in the water

Cows playing by the river

Cows playing by the river


Building on shore

Building on shore


Biker on shore keeping pace with us

Biker on shore keeping pace with us


Bike rider by the river

Bike rider by the river


Shore and hills

Shore and hills


Walkers on shore

Walkers on shore

green shore and green channel markers

green shore and green channel markers


and then when we got to Nijmegan
shore near Nijmegen

shore near Nijmegen

Strange building

Strange building

Red and white striped aid to navigation

Red and white striped aid to navigation

Boats moored

Boats moored


local barge boats

local barge boats


Nijmegen boat - blue

Nijmegen boat - blue


Pedestrian bridge

Pedestrian bridge


Pedestrian and road bridge

Pedestrian and road bridge


We went under a big bridge
bridge

bridge


Bridge end

Bridge end


Looking under the bridge

Looking under the bridge

Green channel marker

Green channel marker


Radar under the bridge

Radar under the bridge


Nijmegen Bridge

Nijmegen Bridge


Bridge with green channel marker

Bridge with green channel marker


Nijmegen Bridge

Nijmegen Bridge


Nijmegen Bridges

Nijmegen Bridges


Viking docking point - Nijmegen

Viking docking point - Nijmegen


Nijmegen waterfront

Nijmegen waterfront


Ice Cream cones - restaurant on shore

Ice Cream cones - restaurant on shore


Crewman hanging off the side of the boat to help docking

Crewman hanging off the side of the boat to help docking


tour boats

tour boats


Bow of a moored river boat

Bow of a moored river boat


Our boat reflected in another river boat

Our boat reflected in another river boat


Tauck boat moored at the Nijmegen docks

Tauck boat moored at the Nijmegen docks


Tauck boat central logo

Tauck boat central logo


Stern of a Swiss river boat

Stern of a Swiss river boat


Man and his children watching us dock

Man and his children watching us dock


When we got to Nijmegen, I did not get off the boat to walk up the hill to town
Steeple

Steeple


Chimney pots

Chimney pots


and those people that did said it was a very steep hill and very cold and windy. I just wrote up the 22nd and edited photos. Today photos were easier than yesterday because I had the time synced on the cameras and yesterday Bob's was 6 hours ahead of mine. At dinner we ate with three people from Idaho. I had a shrimp appetizer,
Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa

Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa


Poultry broth soup

Poultry broth soup


and
Beef Rib eye, baked potato and white asparagus

Beef Rib eye, baked potato and white asparagus


Bob had the same. then I had Ice Coupe for dessert.
Church in the landscape from out cabin

Church in the landscape from out cabin


We will be in Antwerp tomorrow.

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