Putting on the Rijks

I couldn’t wait to start exploring the Rijksmuseum. It may be incredibly difficult to spell correctly for someone whose fingers are as clumsy as mine as they stumble and drag their way across a keyboard, but the Rijksmuseum was one of the main things I was looking forward to on my trip to Amsterdam. As…

The Tropical TropenMuseum

The Tropenmuseum, or the Trooopeeenmuuuseeeem as the logo suggests, is one of Amsterdam’s largest museums. Something you can tell just by looking at it. The palace-like building is absolutely gigantic! Despite the sheet size of the museum, the Tropenmuseum is one that I stumbled upon mostly by accident. It is by Osterpark in Amsterdam, a…

Put That in Your Pipe!

Smoking, whether with a pipe or without is a habit that comes loaded with meaning. Sometimes anyway, although I’m sure a sociologist or anthropologist can read meaning into someone smoking a pack of Benson and Hedges from the corner shop. It might come loaded with almost as much meaning as, perhaps, smoking a peace-pipe in…

Cheesy does it!

Cheese is one of the best things ever. Hard cheese, soft cheese, smelly cheese, all delicious so when I discovered there was a museum all about cheese I simply *had* to go! Like the Flower Makers Museum and the Twinings Tea Museum, the cheese museum I visited is in the basement of a shop. It…

Tulip Mania at the Tulip Museum

When you start thinking of the Netherlands, it won’t be too long until you start thinking about Tulips. Fields and fields with row upon row upon row of the flower with the odd windmill thrown in for decoration would be the typical image that comes to mind. When I visited Amsterdam, one of the first…

Here Kitty -Amsterdam’s Cat Museum

A museum full of cats, how could I not explore this one? I’m a card carrying crazy cat person, and any chance to combine my love of cats with my love of museums is one I jump at. In the past I’ve written about my top cats in museums and made sure that this Top…