Starting with our flight, and ending with our third day in Amsterdam. I've grouped various things I saw there: the Flower Market, Food, Transportation, House Boats, a great boat trip on the wooden boat pictured above, the Restaurant de Kas, a Night Walk, and Flower photos from all around.
Our trip over was selfie-challenged, but the clouds and sunset were great!
Amsterdam - the Flower Market
We couldn't check in at 9 a.m. so we went for a very long walk, starting at the flower market. Looking on the bright side, it is probably a good thing that we can't bring bulbs back into the U.S. or we'd have bought a ton of them!
Amsterdam - Food!
I even said, "If I take a photo of a chocolate croissant, then I don't have to eat one! But we nibbled all types of Gouda cheese in the store with the cheese balls in the window! I loved the cookies shaped like canal houses.
Amsterdam - Transportation
Canals, bicycles, tiny cars, a Tesla plugged in, paddleboats and a bicycle built for 3 tickled us. Dodging bicycles was scary!
Amsterdam - Houseboats
The interior shots are of the "Hendrika-Maria", built in 1914 as a logging boat, and went through several phases, including being temporarily scuttled during WWII, and being an artist's studio. Now it is the Woonbootmuseum, or the House Boat Museum. Some exterior shots are of the Museum, and others are just other houseboats. Extremely varied in size, condition, and use!
Davies and Carol arranged for a boat trip on the Prix d'Eau Wednesday which started at the Amstel Hotel and took us all over the city with a knowledgeable guide and a yummy lunch on board. Gettng to see the city from the canals and getting to go out close to the harbor was a great treat! This batch starts with the multi-story bike parking garage at the train station, and goes past the NEMO science museum (large oddly shaped green building) and then the horticulture gardens. and lots of other stuff too!
Our last meal in Amsterdam was in a greenhouse called "De Kas" and was a fixed menu of "the most organic food you'll ever find". Reminder to call ahead to determine if Pigeon (or Squab) is on the chef's mind...good accompaniments, fun atmosphere, and like they always say, "tastes like chicken!"
Night Walk on the 17th Century Canal Ring
We walked back from Carol and Davies' hotel to ours and got some good night shots.
Have to end the Amsterdam page with flowers, which were all over and beautiful!