I (am)sterdam. Are you?

After Groningen, we stayed overnight in Amsterdam before going to Rome the next morning. It was not my first time in Amsterdam. But of course, the city has (too) many to offer one can only venture a small part of its beauty.

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We were lucky! It was around -7 degrees when we left Denmark and it was around 12 degrees in Amsterdam THAT particular day! The flamingos at Botanical Gardens agreed with the nice weather
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We stayed at Budget Hotel Hortus and near the Botanical Gardens and walked from there. I must say this budget accommodation was more than I expected (having once stayed in a 16 dorm rooms in Amsterdam). Walking distance to where the attractions are, breakfast is included and clean. This picture was taken about 5 mins walk from the hostel.  
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What is not to like from blue sky, warm weather and a nice company?
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Boat houses near the canal
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At first, we plan to visit Troppen Museum because it has a nice collection of Indonesian history. BUT, it was Monday and on Monday, many museums are closed. Argh! So we went to Rijksmuseum instead. So yes, we learned a lot about Dutch’s art and history. After all, the Netherlands and Indonesia have a looong history together.
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The Company of Roelof Bicket and lieutenant Jan Michelsz Blaeuw, a painting by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1639). The size of the painting is as long as the title.
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Having a Night Watch with Rembrandt (1642).
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The famous self-portrait
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I remember there is a collection called “The Lombok Treasure”, a small collection of gold jewelries from 1894. During that year, The Netherlands captured the royal palace in Lombok and took 230 kgs of gold and 7000 silver as booty. In 1977, it is said that the gold was returned to the government of Indonesia. A piece of history that is unknown in Indonesia yet I I learned it in other country (particularly the one in underline.)
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Ay ay, captain!
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The kind of moment when you wish you could pause the time and just enjoy.
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