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I had trouble with otmar’s post, so we have these wonderful alternatives! Jerzy has submitted more, so this is part one.

Today, pictures from valued commenter Jerzy Russian.

Went on a trip to Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and The Netherlands during the summer of 2017. In this contribution I wish to share some pictures taken during visits to two of the smaller museums in Amsterdam. The first stop was Katten Kabinet, which is a small museum dedicated to art that images of cats. It occupied a few floors of a modest sized house, plus a back yard. The pictures shown are from the yard. The second stop was the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, which, as one might guess, is a museum dedicated to the bulb trade in The Netherlands. There were lots of interesting displays about the history of the tulip trade, and lots of cool photographs of bulb fields. The actual bulb fields were not in bloom during our visit, so this was the next best thing.

Taken on 2017-08-02

In addition to all of the paintings and posters with pictures of cats, they also have real cats in residence.

Here is a poster of some kind of liquor ad that features cats.

Taken on 2017-08-02

A poster for the Disney movie “A Cat From Outer Space”, but in Italian (?).

Here is the outside of the Tulip Museum, which is not far from the Anne Frank House.

Some pictures of pictures of tulips.

More tulips.

And still more tulips.


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34 replies
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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    The Borgeat poster is my favorite

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    p.a. says:

    Nice shots. The Amsterdam Tulip Museum’s main signage is in English?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Understandable for a tourist attraction, I guess.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Lovely pics! I think I still have a copy of The Cat Made Me Buy It… but I didn’t know till now about the sequel, The Cat Sold It

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    Another Scott says:

    Neat pictures. Thanks Jerzy.

    In other news, the OPM closed the federal government in DC today on account of the wind storm going through the area. The NWS is saying 30-45 mph winds with gusts to 55 mph through tonight – and gusts remaining in the 40s through Satuday. It’s a bit surprising to me that the OPM did that, but sensible (the area (especially in Maryland) used to be notorious for power outages from fallen trees, but maybe we’ll be lucky this time).

    Fingers crossed for everyone in its path.


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    tybee says:

    what’s better than roses on your piano?

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:


    Just about everybody I’ve met who was from the Netherlands speaks better English than I do.

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    Quinerly says:


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    PAM Dirac says:

    @Another Scott: Our weather station in Frederick, MD has recorded a 46 mph gust. winds are consistently over 30 mph since about 4 am. Winds in the 20s from about 11:30 last night. It was a real sharp transition: zero wind all day yesterday and then went to 20-25 mph in less than 10 minutes. Just about time to get the work laptop set up on the kitchen table and commence telecommuting.

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    p.a. says:

    @Amir Khalid: @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes:
    My thoughts also, but I would also have expected maybe a bit of a “we must protect this house” attitude about their native tongue. I don’t consider that a negative thing. And Tulpmuseum Amsterdam (Google trans) should be understandable even to Americans. (Guess I’m an optimist.)

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    I’m spending the morning listening to the wind and the rain and waiting for the heating/plumbing guy to come and replace my defunct water heater. Hoping the high end of the rain estimates don’t materialize, because that might mean (cold) water in my basement, and I can only deal with one water-related issue at a time.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Plumbing issues are up there with my least favorite things. Good luck!!


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    MomSense says:

    Cats, booze, and tulips! Excellent.

    I have planted so many tulip bulbs only to have the deer eat them.

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    rikyrah says:

    Morning to Poco and the tribe 😄😄😽

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    rikyrah says:

    Love the pictures

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Your comment reminded me of the time that every single water-based appliance of mine went out at the same time. Not fun! It turned out that there had been some sort of electrical surge related to the hot water lines – it was decades ago so I can’t recall the specifics, but it was something like that – so my insurance covered everything but the deductible.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MomSense: I recall the first year I planted tulips, it must have been over 30 years ago. I came home one evening after dark and in the headlights I could see the bunny sheer off the top of a tulip. Thus began my chant “death to bunnies” every time I pulled into the driveway that year.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @WaterGirl: Well, I’m not that “lucky.” My water heater just gave up the ghost after a bit over two decades of faithful service. It’s an “indirect-fired” unit (it gets its heat from my furnace), so long life is expected. Rumor had it that these units have a lifetime warranty, but for that to be valid you need the serial number, but they put the serial number on the control panel, and I had my control panel replaced about 6-7 years ago. The replacement control panels don’t carry a serial number, and I don’t have a record of the number from the original install. The original installer/maintainer was a sole-proprietor type of contractor, who has died, and his family destroyed his business records. Long story short, I’m buying a new unit at full price. But hey, they’re manufactured in-state, so at least I’m keeping my money local.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Gin & Tonic: That calamity of errors would almost be funny if it wasn’t such a crappy thing for you. Two decades of faithful service, you’ve got to respect that. I’m guessing that they don’t make them like they used to, but I am hoping you are happy with the new one. If it ever gets here!

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    frosty says:

    @rikyrah: Morning Quinerly! We’re northbound today out of SC wrapping up our 4th Annual Snowbird Road Trip. I worked out a deal with mgmt last year to take February off without pay. It’s been great! So glad I married a Road Tripper!

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    Carolina Dave says:

    First flight to NJ this am. Some horizontal sleet.

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    MomSense says:


    Death to bunnies is the kind of thing you don’t want the neighborhood kids to hear!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @WaterGirl: They are working on it as I type this.

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    Jerzy Russian says:


    The Amsterdam Tulip Museum’s main signage is in English?

    Yes, as I recall. Most people speak English pretty well, and a lot of places have signs in English.

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    Jerzy Russian says:


    The Amsterdam Tulip Museum’s main signage is in English?

    Still early in the morning for me. Yes, the outside sign is in English, but in the above comment I was referring to the signs inside, which were both English and Dutch.

    I am told that part of the reason people there speak English so well is that the imported TV shows from Britain and the U.S. are not dubbed, they just have subtitles. Thus you can hear the actors speaking normally. If you go to Germany, most of the shows are dubbed. I once saw a commercial there for Star Wars, and Yoda spoke German, which was pretty weird.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Anne Laurie: Thanks for the link to those books. Will order one for my daughter since she is the one who suggested the visit to Katten Kabinet.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Very cool!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MomSense: I could never do it, of course! But it was a fun outlet for my frustrations. I could have forgiven the bunnies if they could have just razored them off further down the stem instead of an inch below the flower. Bastards.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @PAM Dirac: y’all are making me laugh. Our wind gusts (listening to them now!) routinely get up past the 50 -60 mph range and jump up into the 70s and 80s and not infrequently break 100 mph.

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    J R in WV says:

    Well, we’re sitting at the gate in LAX, waiting for the flight to Baja, after a short night at the hotel. It’s 55 and raining here… go figure, our first time in LA ANF it’s raining!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    On my Eurotrash cable channel MHz they run a German series based on Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti novels. Pretty well done—good production values, exteriors shot in Venice—but everyone is speaking German. “Italians” speaking German. That is weird.

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    otmar says:

    Nice Pictures.

    Alain, so you want me to resubmit my last batch?

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