Thursday, October 17, 2013

Europe Part 2: Amsterdam and Nürburg

On Monday, we took a day trip from Antwerp to Amsterdam.  There, we visited the Vincent van Gogh museum, which is my favorite art museum from our trip.  We learned a lot of neat tidbits about van Gogh, including his use of perspective frames and the fact that the blue flowers in the picture below (and many others) used to be purple, but the red dye has since faded, leaving them blue.





I don't have a lot of pictures from the Anne Frank House (no pictures were allowed inside), but our visit there was pretty powerful.   


We also had a chance to walk along Amsterdam's famous canals before our delicious crepe dinner.






The next day, we started the Germany leg of our trip with the activity that Jesse was looking forward to the most: driving a race car along the Nürburgring (a/k/a the Nordschleife a/k/a the "Green Hell"), a 12-mile loop of curvy racetrack in Nürburg, Germany.  Jesse and Dave took turns at the wheel, while Tiffany, Wesley, and I prudently observed and photographed the driving from a distance.  Their four-lap trip was actually cut short at three laps because of a serious accident involving a motorcycle.  Apparently, accidents happen all the time, but Tiffany and I were pleased to note that when we saw their car coming around the bend, they appeared to be going a relatively reasonable speed!  




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After their manly driving experience, the boys got meat and potatoes on a stone at a racetrack-themed Italian restaurant in Nürburg.


And Jesse's driving was not done for the day.  He took the autoban to Cochem, where we spent the night and caught sight of their lovely castle (more on that in the next post).


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