Just the Pictures (Netherlands) De Krijtberg Kerk in Amsterdam; the church was designed by Alfred Tepe and was opened in 1883 AD. Reflection of the De Krijtberg Kerk in the canal. Tulip bulbs for sale in the Flower Market. Munttoren (or “Coin Tower”) in Muntplein Square, which was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdam’s medieval city wall. A canal in Amsterdam. The Heineken Brewery. The Rijksmuseum. A bronze candlestick in the shape of a knight on horseback (1200-1225 AD). Unicorn horns, found in the 11th-century AD (actually tusks from narwhals). A powder tester from the 18th-century AD. A magic lantern from the 18th-century AD that essentially works the same as a modern projector. A magic lantern slide. Another magic lantern slide. ‘Iconoclasm in a Church’ by Dirck van Delen (1630 AD), a painting that depicts Dutch Protestants destroying altarpieces, statues, and sacred vessels used in Catholic Mass during August 1566 AD. ‘Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel’ by Pieter Pietersz (1560-1570 AD). ‘The Merry Fiddler’ by Gerard van Honthorst (1623 AD). ‘Fishing for Souls’ by Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne (1614 AD), which depicts the Protestant north Netherlanders on the left bank, and the Catholic southerners on the right bank, both fishing for souls in the wide river that divides them. ‘River View by Moonlight’ by Aert van der Neer (1640-1650 AD). A sheet from a Tulip book by Jacob Marrel (1640 AD). ‘Man in Oriental Dress’ by Rembrandt van Rijn (1635 AD). ‘Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul’ by Rembrandt van Rijn (1661 AD). ‘Banquet at the Crossbowmen’s Guild in Celebration of the Treaty of Münster’ by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1648 AD). ‘Girl in a Large Hat’ by Cesar Boetius van Everdingen (1645-1650 AD). ‘Interior of the Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft’ by Pieter Jansz Saenredam (1649 AD). ‘Children Teaching a Cat to Dance, Known as “The Dancing Lesson”‘ by Jan Havicksz Steen (1660-1679 AD). ‘The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede’ by Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael (1668-1670 AD). ‘Woman with a Child in a Pantry’ by Pieter de Hooch (1656-1660 AD). ‘The Milkmaid’ by Johannes Vermeer (1660 AD). ‘The Love Letter’ by Johannes Vermeer (1669-1670 AD). ‘A Militiaman Holding a Berkemeyer, Known as the “Merry Drinker”‘ by Frans Hals (1628-1630 AD). ‘The Threatened Swan’ by Jan Asselijn (1650 AD). Southwest view from the Rijksmuseum. ‘Militia Company of District II Under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as “The Nightwatch”‘ by Rembrandt van Rijn (1642 AD). ‘Militia Company of District XI Under the Command of Captain Reynier Reael, Known as the “Meagre Company”‘ by Frans Hals and Pieter Codde (1637 AD). ‘The Battle of Terheide’ by Willem van de Velde I (1657 AD). ‘The Corpses of the De Witt Brothers’ attributed to Jan de Baen (1672-1675 AD). ‘Amsterdam City View with Houses on the Herengracht and the Old Haarlemmersluis’ by Jan van der Heyden (1670 AD). ‘Town Hall on Dam Square, Amsterdam’ by Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde (1672 AD). A monkey modeled by Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (1731-1733 AD). ‘Portrait of Marie Fargues, Wife of the Artist’ by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1756-1758 AD). ‘A Writer Trimming His Pen’ by Jan Ekels (1784 AD). ‘A Windmill on a Polder Waterway, Known as “In the Month of July”‘ by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël (1889 AD). ‘The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam’ by George Hendrik Breitner (1898 AD). ‘La Corniche near Monaco’ by Claude Monet (1884 AD). ‘Self-Portrait’ by Vincent van Gogh (1887 AD). a decorative plate by Theodore Deck (1878-1885 AD). ‘Portrait of an African Man’ by Jan Jansz Mostaert (1525-1530 AD) – this is the only known portrait of a black man in early European painting. ‘Made in USA’ by Shinkichi Tajiri (1964 AD). Two temple guardians from Japan, 14th-century AD. A statue of the Buddhist deity Guanyin, savior of people in peril; made in China, 12th-century AD. Garden outside the Rijksmuseum. The southwest entrance to the Rijksmuseum. Boats docked along the edge of a canal. Another canal in Amsterdam. Yet another canal in Amsterdam. The Westertoren (“Western Tower”), the highest church tower in Amsterdam and part of Westerkerk (“Western Church”). Statue of Anne Frank, not too far from the house she and her family hid in during the war. Walking along Raadhuisstraat. The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, seen from Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal Street. The Magna Plaza, a shopping mall, but originally the main post office in Amsterdam. One of two lion sculptures on the National Monument (a World War II monument) on Dam Square. Beurs van Berlage on Damrak Street. Buildings in Amsterdam that have a noticeable lean to their façades. The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, which was originally built as a town hall during the Dutch Golden Age in 1665 AD. Relief on the Tribunal in the Royal Palace. Citizens’ Hall in the Royal Palace, with Atlas in view. A hall leading to the South Gallery inside the Royal Palace. Relief of Venus, located in the North Gallery. Chamber of Accounts. Chamber of the Extraordinary Magistrates. Orphans’ Chamber. The barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Magistrates’ Chamber. A three-arched separation wall inside the Magistrates’ Chamber. Citizens’ Hall, with the clock and entrance in view. Tour boats docked alongside a canal. Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal. Kloveniersburgwal canal. The Sint Antoniesluis Sluice Gates. Plantage Muidergracht canal. De Gooyer, the tallest windmill in the Netherlands, located between Funenkade and Zeeburgerstraat in Amsterdam. A coffee shop where you can buy marijuana or hashish and smoke it inside. A street in Amsterdam. Another view of Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal. In the De Wallen red-light district in Amsterdam. Bridge over the canal in the red-light district. Cannabis seeds for sale. Cannabis cookies for sale. De Krijtberg Kerk and Singel canal in the morning light. Another canal in the early morning. A classy shop found in Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s Concert Hall, seen from the museum promenade. The Amsterdam City Archives building. Doelensluis Bridge, over the Rokin canal. The Amstel River with the Zwanenburgwal canal in the background. Bridge at the mouth of Nieuwe Herengracht canal. Boat houses along the banks of Nieuwe Prinsengracht canal. The Amstelsluizen, which are sluices in the Amstel River that date from 1674 AD. The Magere Brug (“Skinny Bridge”) over the Amstel River. Another view of the “Skinny Bridge;” originally built in 1691 AD, its present form dates to 1934 AD. One last view of the “Skinny Bridge.” The Zuiderkerk’s (“Southern Church”) steeple, seen from a bridge over the Groenburgwal canal. Kloveniersburgwal canal in Amsterdam. The Waag (“Weigh House”), a 15th-century AD building that was originally used as a city gate, located on Nieuwmarkt Square. The kitchen inside the Rembrandt House Museum. The salon, Rembrandt’s living room and bedroom. Rembrandt’s large studio inside the house that he lived and worked in from 1639 to 1656 AD. Examples of possible objets d’art and rarities that Rembrandt may have kept in his art cabinet. ‘Self-portrait with Saskia’ by Rembrandt (1636 AD). ‘The Omval in the Amstel River’ by Rembrandt (1645 AD). ‘Christ Presented to the People’ by Rembrandt (1655 AD). The Basilica of St. Nicholas with the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal in the foreground. A box bed inside the canal house that houses the Our Lord in the Attic Church. Inside Our Lord in the Attic Church, a clandestine Catholic Church that was built on the third floor inside a canal house in the 1660s, a time when Catholics and other dissenters of the Dutch Reformed Church were persecuted. Our Lord in the Attic Church, seen from the topmost level inside the church. Various figures painted on the tiles inside the kitchen in the canal house. The kitchen inside the canal house that houses the clandestine church (or “schuilkerk”). A leaning canal house in Amsterdam. Bridge over the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal, with a boat passing underneath. The narrow Oudezijds Kolk canal in the background with the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal in the foreground. Houses along the Damrak, a partially filled in canal. The Open Havenfront with the Basilica of St. Nicholas in the background. The following photographs were taken in the Dutch Antilles: Fort Oranje (originally built in 1639 AD) in Kralendijk, Bonaire. Government office building in Kralendijk. Bottomed-out boat on the shore in Kralendijk. Closeup of the coral beach in Bonaire. Tree along the shoreline walk with many sandals hanging from its branches. A collection of license plates outside someone’s house in Kralendijk. Kralendijk and Fort Oranje seen from the cruise ship. Donkeys along the roadside in Bonaire. Limestone cliffs in Bonaire. Flamingos in Goto Meer. Closeup of a flamingo. The “mountainous” area on the north part of Bonaire. Rincon Village. Painted sign for the Kos Bon So restaurant in Rincon Village. Fence made of cacti (quite common in Bonaire). Recreation of historic huts used in Bonaire, located in Mangazina di Rei Culture Park. Melocactus (also known as the Turk’s cap cactus). Slave huts on the south end of Bonaire – used as shelters for the slaves working in the salt pans during the 19th-century AD. Inside one of the slave huts. Large mountains of salt outside the Cargill Salt Works. Closer view of the salt works. The MS Royal Princess in twilight, seen from Bonaire National Marine Park. The pier at Bonaire National Marine Park. Boarding the cruise ship late in the evening. The Royal Plaza Mall on Lloyd G. Smith Blvd, in Oranjestad, Aruba. Steps leading up to Iguana Joe’s. The Crystal Casino on the main boulevard of Oranjestad. A giant “I Heart Aruba” sign. Willem III Tower (built in 1868 AD), located at the west entrance of Fort Zoutman (built in 1798 AD). The rear-side of Fort Zoutman. 18 March Monument in Oranjestad. Boardwalk along the beach. Flowering tree in Aruba. The coral shore on Aruba’s west coast. Juvenile green iguana in a tree. Flag of Aruba. Statue of Queen Wilhelmina in Oranjestad. An adult iguana in the grass (one of many in Aruba). Statue of Anne Frank in Wilhelmina Park. Cafe near the waterfront in Oranjestad. A market in Oranjestad. One of Aruba’s crazy buses. A giant Adirondack chair outside a market in Aruba. Another crazy bus in Aruba. Oranjestad seen from the MS Royal Princess. A view of the port at Oranjestad from the cruise ship.