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ronay55's Port Reviews of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brugge (Bruges)
Viking Danube cruise in April 2012
Member Name: ronay55
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Europe River
Member Review: ronay55's Viking Danube Review
Amsterdam
Rembrandt House Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The cruise line offered many different walking tours or coach excursions in Amsterdam. I took two, to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. I walked a lot on my own, just exploring the streets and flower markets, restaurants and architecture, including the Rembrandt House. It was a special holiday time in Holland (the Queens Celebration), and the peak of Keukenhof Gardens, so Amsterdam was packed with tourists and citizenry! I wasn't able to visit inside Anne Frank's house, as the lines were 2 and 3 blocks long. .


Windmills Driving Tour Rating: Not Rated
It was an overcast day, with dramatic clouds in the distance, which formed a perfect backdrop for the windmills. We were allowed to visit a working windmill, to see how families can live and work in these odd structures.


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Antwerp
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
My favorite place to visit in Antwerp turned out to be perhaps one of the newest examples of stunning architecture, in a city bursting with old and new. It was the MAS Art Museum!

I was in awe of the structure alone, with it's stories-tall undulating glass windows, against an austere stack of concrete(?) slabs. That is the only way I know to describe it. The art is innovative in the way it is presented, displaying Masters and Contemporary pieces, side by side. Strange, but oddly complimentary to one another.

It has to be seen to understand what I'm talking about. Take in the other sights, but don't miss this one.

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Brugge (Bruges)
Port Rating: Not Rated
A perfect medieval stroll, with a Harry Potter feel. Sounds hokey, but it's far from it. A wonderful place to sample chocolate at it's Belgian best, while checking out the canal (Dijver), and taking in a local street market, where you can find street food or vegetables. There is also a 13th century Bell Tower in the main square, which I think you can climb (I did not)to get a birds-eye view of the small city. The streets (like many of the towns and cities) are cobblestone, so make sure you are wearing really comfortable shoes. Lots of great places to eat, and if it's a pretty day, you can sit outside at one of the cafes along the canal.

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