Amsterdam Getaway (cont’d) Museums

You can see those keyhole views for yourself in Amsterdam’s premier temple of art, the Rijksmuseum, the must-see museum for any first-time visitor.

At the moment (and until 2008!), the Rijks (as its is affectionately known) is in the midst of a major renovation, prompted by the discovery that the contractor responsible for an earlier revamping had left most of the asbestos intact. In the interim, the museum is presenting “The Masterpieces” in the compact Philips Wing.

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Amsterdam Getaway, Part 3, Canals

There must be hundreds of canals in Amsterdam, so the visitor with just a few days can only hope to sample a few of them. I highly recommend what I’ll call the Big Three — Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, and Herrengracht, parallel canals that loop around the city center from the Amstel River (and you thought it was just a brand of beer!) to the lovely Brouwersgracht, not too far from the Central Station. “Gracht,” as you may have guessed, is Dutch for “canal.”
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