It was just starting to drizzle when we got off the tram. This is a view of the museum from the park:
Across the park is the Concert-Begouw, Amsterdam's pretty concert hall:
The area around the museum is really pretty. The streets along the park are lined with beautiful homes, and there's a long pond with blooming pots of tulips:
We walked to another tram stop, and set off for our next destination: an area of town with some interesting street art. Our plan had been to visit the museum while it was raining, and then see the street art after, when the rain was supposed to end.
As we were riding the tram, we noticed a street market set up, so we got off at the next stop and took a look. It was the Sunday Art Market, and we had a great time browsing the booths--there was art of every type--pottery, sculpture, oils, watercolors, fabric art, etc. Didn't buy anything, but it was fun to look!
About the time we left the Art Market, it was really starting to rain. We stopped in a small cafe and enjoyed a cappuccino while waiting out the rain. I love the little miniature stroopwaffle they served alongside:
The rain didn't stop, but slowed to an acceptable drizzle. (Did I have my umbrella with me? No, of course not--because I'm a dummy and I believed the weatherman, just like I did on Thursday. I'm a slow learner……….)
We walked the few blocks to the "Snake House"--a bright and beautiful sight in the gray drizzle. I knew it was slated for demolition, so I'm glad we got to see it. Kind of sad that the bottom was already covered up, though:
There's a small alley way next to the snake house that's filled with fun street art. Unfortunalely, it was fenced off, so we couldn't get the best photos:
Our table had a nice view of the street and while we were enjoying or delicious lunch we noticed lots of umbrellas popping up. It was raining harder and harder.
We give up! There was a tram stop right across the street, and our "home line" stopped there--so we decided to call it a day. We made a quick stop a the grocery store near our apartment for a bottle of wine and some crackers.
We were "home" by 4 pm, and we've spent the rest of the day relaxing, napping and reading.
Dinner tonight: A repeat of last night: Some yummy goat cheese, sausage and crackers, and of course a glass of wine.
Tomorrow in Amsterdam: A trip to the beautiful Keukenhoff Gardens. The forecast is for mostly sunny--but I'm taking my umbrella! That means it probably won't rain--right?
Good night from Amsterdam!