|Tram by Beurs Van Berlage|
|More bikes than I've seen in my life|
On Wednesday they let us loose in the afternoon. I went to the Amsterdam Museum and a bit of a wander down the streets.
|No two buildings the same, and bohemian smoker at window|
|Hopscotch or something else?|
|Be thankful for sea walls (just like in Lincolnshire), dotted line is sea level|
|Catholic statue of Virgin Mary defaced (literally) by Protestant rebels|
|"Women Only": lacework, made by reformed fallen women, being inspected by governesses|
|Intricately carved elephant tusk presented to dutch Governer by the Chinese|
|Dr F.M. Wiebaut, Dutch Socialist|
|Painting of famous Dutch people (central figure represents the Netherlands)|
The most interesting part of the museum was an exhibition of Mondrian paintings, covering his life and works in the Netherlands.
|Evolution (one of three pictures, but I couldn't use a wide angle lens in the gloom)|
|Riverscape with row of trees|
|Girl with flowers, the eyes were striking in real life|
|The Call by Peter Alma, communists crying out against authority|
|Jordaan by Henri Braakensiek|
|Conversation over billiard table, nobody knows what it was about|
|Children Asking Questions by Karel Appel|
|Lights and Mirrors, corridor to the exhibition|
|Man with Beard with Man with Beard|
|These two again|
|Recovered street art|
Then a little look around the river area by the hotel at the end of the day.
|Tall ship by Nemo museum|
|Long ship on the IJ river|
|Amsterdam Centraal Station (designed by the British)|
|Torture for sale|
Some pictures from within Beurs van Berlage where the conference took place.
|Effectenbeurszaal in Beurs van Berlage|
|Glass cube in one of the halls|
|Lunchtime in the Grote Zaal (great hall)|
|Spot the Steve competition|
|Amsterdam in evening light|
|Mural for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands|
On the last day we finished early so I had an hour or so to wander round while getting souvenirs. There wasn't a queue at the fries bar so I got a medium cone. Very nice but roasting hot and I couldn't finish them all.
|Chips with mayonnaise (I was feeling like Vincent Vega here), they were fantastic|
A fun fair was set up just down the street from the conference. Very noisy and tourists everywhere.
|Crowds, trams and chaos at the fun fair|
|The nicest Grim Reaper you'll ever meet|
|Tourists stream into Amsterdam from the station (this never seems to end)|
|Try not to get run over by the trams|
|Waiting at Schipol|
I made sure I had my camera ready on the way back but 30s after takeoff we went above cloud and never saw land again until just over Liverpool.
|Back to Blighty, flying over Liverpool... (I can see my office from here!)|