We got a late start because it was Ken’s birthday and I went out to the bakery for breakfast treats which were fantastic!
First destination, the MOCO museum to see the Banksy/Warhol show. If you don’t know Banksy, do yourself a favor and Google him. We fell hard for him after seeing the HBO film about him and we both love his work. Ken walked around the show with a smile and a chuckle most of the time. I took it all much more seriously (that’s me) but thoroughly enjoyed the images and the audio tour. Although I am generally opposed to people taking photos in museums, (don’t get me started about the people at the Van Gogh crowding in front with their phones, snapping away but not really even looking at the paintings!) I was alone for a moment in the room with the big SWAT truck which Banksy decorated and I took this shot:
Outside you can do this: Those red letters are Banksy’s “signature.”
We had only loose plans for the rest of the day and when we saw the crafts and food market just outside of the museums we decided to check it out. There were lots of food trucks and genuine artists and crafters. I could have bought 10 wool scarves and 15 dresses/shirts/leggings for Mavis but I just don’t want to load my suitcase…yet. I did taste some oysters; one from France and one Dutch which I preferred
It was a picture perfect day weather wise, really feels like fall is in the air.
Afterwards, we walked a while through the Vondelpark, a 25 acre green space nearby. It was fun watching people play and relax. We did too.
For dinner, I snagged us a reservation at Jun, an Indonesian place about a 10 minute walk from here. The food was great but not mind blowing–to me it tasted like Thai food. I don’t think I’m sophisticated enough in Asian food to tell the difference. We loved the small (12 tables) simply decorated restaurant and the servers who were very friendly. We ate a bunch of different things on the “rice table” menu. The soup and the prawns with a greenish sauce were my favorites.
Happy Birthday Ken! We were able to FaceTime with the kids and that was a treat, too.