This year the winter started with days of heavy rain, keeping us mostly inside, with no energy to confront the wind and drops of rain. We’ve decided in the end yesterday to go out even on rain, we had tons of bread we wanted to give to the ducks on the river and somehow the sun was up in Haarlem. After a stroll around the park near to our house, we’ve headed to Amsterdam for some shopping and museums.

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I’ve written already about the museum card, but a small reminder: with this card you can enter at almost all the museums around NL and it costs 64e per year. There’s also an website where you can check the museums for each city. This time we’ve decided for the Pipe Museum, located on the Prinsengracht. Entering by the ground floor, the museum shop will capture your eyes with different types of pipes exposed in cabinets. At the back of the shop a small door will get you to a small room where you can leave your jacket in a support next to a glass case with tobacco graters. Tight stairs are going up to the first floor of the house, the only floor open for visit. The pipe collection is of the man who owned the house, he collected pipes for 45 years and he left the house as a museum, where his collection can be admired. Before visiting the museum, I never imagined that the pipes can be a work of art, but as I saw different pipes, from different countries and centuries, the idea that it is more a art than a daily use object captured my mind. There are different glass cases sheltering pipes from different cultures, one of them even from Mexico, 2000 years old. I was surprised to find out so many types of hand work, from the ordinary pipes to the ones coiled – the ones which will capture your eyes with the big lapse. The museum houses also antique furniture, some of it as old as the house – 350 years. After seeing hundreds of pieces I was thinking that the collector must have been a rich man with a richer passion. And I was truly amazed when the guide told us that the museum houses only 10% of the entire collection. A part of it can be viewed also on the museum page, below is one of my favorites:

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We were so lucky to pick this museum, the guided tour was enjoyable and I could have stayed hours analyzing the art work on each pipe. And due to the positive vibe we had when we’ve exited the museum, the rain stopped, followed by a sun prepared to set:

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And as a tip, take care where you park your bike, you can find it like this, if you don’t pay attention!

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