Sunday, 20 July 2008

three wet monkeys

The weather was fine, so after breakfast I went for my morning walk. I had no idea where to to go to, so I just started walking towards the Oosterpark. Once I got there, I walked on towards Sarphatistraat. I had to cross the bridge over the Mauritskade/Singelgracht.


mauritskade/singelgracht

I walked through Sarphatistraat and turned right on Roeterstraat. The corner building is an office of the University of Amsterdam. It has coloured lights around its doors. I think it would look good at night.


pillars of light

Once I got past the main UvA buildings the sky started to look grey. I was also in need of coffee since I hadn't had my cuppa yet. Artis seemed to be a good bet for coffee at this time of day. All the cafes I had seen so far were closed.


clouds over UvA

Coming to the corner of Nieuwe Kerkstraat the skies were really darkening. I like the little tower room on top of the corner building and I wonder what you could use it for.


tower room

The little Japanese restaurant on Plantage Kerklaan had a bunch of maneki neko, good luck cats, in the window. The first drops had started to fall and I hurried on to Artis.


招き猫

Just when I walked in, the rain started. The camels didn't like it one bit. They fled into their stables immediately. Sensible; only crazy visitors such as I stayed out in the rain.


i walked two miles for a wet camel

Animals of all sorts were looking for shelter. The monkeys were hiding and shivering under the overhang of the monkey rock.


wrong pose for 三匹の猿

I wanted to wait for the worst of the rain to pass in the reptilian's house, but it was so warm and damp there that I only walked through and came out on the other side, by which time the rain had stopped mostly. I went on to the Two Cheetas restaurant and had my caffeine fix. The birds on the African Savannah could use some caffeine too; they were all still asleep.


reflections of sleep

I left Artis via the side exit by the aquarium and walked home via Mauritskade, where I saw the biggest house number I've ever seen.


€0.55

Through Oosterpark and Beukenplein (where the Maxwell was still closed) and back home.

2 comments:

Vincent said...

"Monkeys" maybe? (see title)

Kees said...

oops, changed.