It’s Monday morning. I am seated in my room at the Best Western Apollo Museum hotel Amsterdam City Centre.
They say it is about the best hotel in Amsterdam, good for me. But it doesn’t have the kind of ostentation I saw in the United States in 2012. Here it seems it’s all about minimalism: small is bigger, or some such philosophy.
Yes, the hotel is great in many ways but mostly it’s location. It is located right next to the Rijkmuseum, or the people’s museum. The name implies every citizen of this country owns it.
And, my oh my! The hotel is in the city’s fashion shopping street, PC Hoofstraat; it’s what our own First Street was like before herbalists began selling mugondorosi next to Barbours.
Walked down it yesterday; a simple shirt costs $300. Not for me; I quite like the guys at Moja and their boot sales.
I visited the Van Gogh Museum too and saw the Rembrandt statue. The Dutch seem to have contributed a great deal to international culture.
But today I invade the farms to take a wee peek at the horticulture industry.