TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME: THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMSTERDAM
Touring the boat gave me a lot of insight on the life and experience of the people who lived in it. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested. Hearing about the lives of people who traveled on this ship was so intriguing. Their lives were so uncertain and in a way, primal. Our tour guide had detailed explanations and answers to all of our questions, and I left the boat seeing and learning way more than I had expected. After touring the boat we took some time to explore the museum, and I learned much about the navigation techniques they used back then. A special exhibit reminded me of the gruesome Middle Passage and all of its horrors. There were some incredible paintings of ships and the ocean. I literally could have looked at these paintings for hours, the texture and color and techniques was incredible. I had to pull myself away.
From there, my lovely day only got lovelier! We proceeded to indulge in a delightful lunch of sandwiches, wine, and delicious chocolate cake in Ship Chanlders Warehouse, a restaurant tucked away in the heart of the city. The restaurant made me feel like I was in a different time period because it had so many unique details and artifacts. I was impressed with the authentic feeling, and excited to learn ship captains would go to this warehouse to eat when their ships would dock.
After lunch, we took a tour of the city center. I walked down streets I didn't know existed and explored the hidden graveyard in the center of the city, learning facts along the way. We even caught the man who assembles the Iamsterdam signs in action, and took a cheesy picture with the sign with no one else on it but us!