Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam ROCKS

Great collection.
Well designed space.
Well trained staff.
And – wait for it – an audio guide that just blows all the other crap into space. Finally.
I swear, if I win the lottery, I am sponsoring new audio guides for all the other great museums we saw thus summer. (That did NOT have great audio guides!)

Next up: Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam Hotel

We are staying at a real hotel. A nice hotel. With soft beds and breakfast and a balconie. Such a miracle that our room (an upgraded deluxe room) was available when we arrived 6 hours early. We were just going to leave our luggage and head out to explore. Instead we get showers, breakfast and a perfect start to our one day here. . Bliss for our last 24 hours on the Continent.

Versailles on Wheels

Last day in Paris, so we HAD to do Versailles. With my fabulous new sneakers, gel pads, supportive tape and the cane, I made it to the Palace. At that point, we rented a golf cart to tour around the gardens and the Grand Canal, as well as glimpses of Grande and Petite Trianons.
After a quick cafe lunch, we turned in our golf cart and borrowed a wheel chair. Felt silly, but it was absolutely necessary, as by the time we finished the tour and made it back to the train, my feet felt like someone was stabbing them with burning knives. Huge thank you to Jacob for pushing me around in the chair and for the amazing staff. They have the wheelchair thing down to a science! I don’t think I could have made it otherwise.
Lovely gardens, history in every foot and a fairly easy commute (except for the taxi drivers who refused to take us to the train station in Versailles as the journey was too short to make it worth their time. Is that legal?).
Now to pack and organize (and rest) before our night bus to Amsterdam.

Picasso Museum – Paris version

We saw the earlier works in the Barcelona museum, so decided to catch the French version. Some cool pieces, but honestly, neither of us is much of a Pablo fan. Have to admire how he tried pretty much EVERYTHING in his life time. This print of the Flowers hung on my walls at Yale and for years afterwards. Pretty much my favorite Picasso. (But not at this museum.)

Impressionists

Jacob and I share a passion for these paintings. We spent the afternoon at the amazing Orsay. The building was once a train station and is now an awesome museum. Loved the decorative arts and statues as well.