Floriade 2012 – World Horticultural Expo Garden Tour
Including Keukenhof
April 19th – April 27th, 2012

April 23, Day 5

Today was our day of Leisure and we make good work of it…

The Museum of Bags and Purses

The Museum of Bags and Purses houses an impressive collection of more than 4,000 bags, pouches, suitcases, purses, and accessories, making it the largest museum of bags in the world. The museum is the result of the unique collection of Hendrikje Ivo, who has collected bags for more than 35 years. Ivo’s lifelong fascination with bags started when she came across an ancient green tortoiseshell purse dating back to 1820, after which she quickly started her collection.

Museum Geelvinch Hinlopen Huis

Everything about the Geelvinck Hinlopen House was designed and built to showcase the wealth and position of the owners Albert Geelvinck and Sara Hinlopen. The Geelvinck family were active in the East India and West India trading companies, and in1687, built this house as a family home suitable for entertaining business guests. Since then the house has been a bank, and there is still a large vault in one of the souterrain rooms. Four rooms on the ground floor have now been restored, and are open to the public on Sundays. You enter the museum from the old coach house at Keizersgracht 633, and pass through a delightful garden to reach the house. Cascades of pink roses surround the pond in summer, in autumn it is glowing with colour.

Museum Van Loon

In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht stands the house of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon. In 1602 Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company. Six days a week the family opens their home and collection tot the public.

In one of the finest canal houses of the city people can get a glimpse of the life of the Amsterdam Van Loon family.

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

From Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and Dutch Merchants of the Golden Age, to gardeners today, the tulip has captivated people around the world for centuries. This fascinating flower has inspired artists and brought great wealth and even economic ruin to people who have fallen under its spell. Explore the tulip's history and discover the remarkable journey it has taken from the wilds of the Himalayan highlands to a garden like yours. http://www.amsterdamtulipmuseum.com/

Picked up cheese at Reypenaer

They are a family business with a long tradition of artisan cheese making going back more than 100 years. In making their cheeses, they constantly strive to achieve excellence in taste and texture. They have won several prestigious awards and are particularly proud of our flagship brand Reypenaer. Their cheeses are renowned for their exceptional flavour. Each cheese is naturally matured in their historic custom-built cheese warehouse in Woerden. Using age-old traditional maturing techniques, they give their cheeses as long as they need to develop their rich taste and full flavour. Each cheese matures as nature intended in its own time and in tune with natural variations in temperature. I also got a couple of their cheese guillotines which I thought were perfect!

Had Lunch at Koningshut – traditional Amsterdam Café – very busy…and they do not take cash, only credit cards! And also discovered a beautiful Roman Catholic Church which was one of the first large Gothic-Revival churches in the Netherlands. Built in 1796-1863 and first used in 1854. The organ built in 1863 and is a monument in itself.


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