Houseboats

This post features many of the interesting houseboats we saw in Amsterdam.  I don’t know how often they move them; in fact, many of them probably stay docked, but it is an interesting way to live.  One of the houseboats is a museum, so we got to take a peek inside it.

 

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Zandvoort

One of the things we wanted to do in The Netherlands is go to a beach, and we easily found our way to Zandvoort by bus.  It was a great experience.  We found a great restaurant and a lot of interesting activities on the beach, as you will see below.

Flemish Art

Most of my favorite artists in the world are from The Netherlands–David Teniers, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Gerard van Honthorst, Peter Paul Rubens, Hendrick Avercamp, Vincent van Gogh and Johannes Vermeer, not to mention all the beautiful Delft pottery.

Here are some of the beautiful works we saw in various places including the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt and Van Gogh Museums and the Mauritshuis.  We were thrilled to see all of these in person!

 

Canal Cruise

Both times that I was in Amsterdam we took one of the canal cruises.  It’s really a great way to see the city.  Everything takes on a different perspective from a boat.  Take a look at these interesting photos.

Sarah saw a party boat going under one of these bridges; they tossed a guy up on the bridge and he ran across it and jumped back on the boat just in time.  Well, I guess that’s one way to have adventure.  The sunset is really pretty from one of these cruises.

 

 

 

 

Dutch Buildings

I think the architecture of Amsterdam is beautiful.  It’s really unique from anything else I’ve seen in Europe.  Take a look.

Here is the Anne Frank house, and the nearby church, which I’ll tell about later.

This is the large station, inside and out.

Finally, this is our favorite frozen yogurt shop; it’s amazing!

Dutch Food

The food in Amsterdam is outstanding.  We saw so many different types of pastries, but the savory food is great too with meats, fish, soups, stews and pastas.  Here’s a sampling of some of the foods we came across:

Now you see another reason why we love Amsterdam so much!

 

 

 

 

Bikes

This is my second post on our trip to Amsterdam in 2015.  The reason I love visiting this city is because you can bike everywhere.  Bikes are easy to rent and you can take them on trains and just continue riding when you get there.  They’re wonderful, although you’ll notice they’re typically a European style of bike, not the typical mountain bikes we’re used to.  Bikes of all sizes and types.

We saw a lot of couples and families riding together, and a lot of people texting as they rode (please, don’t text and ride!).  Not a good idea.

Some people park their bikes in odd ways.

Near the central train station is a gigantic multi-story building for parking, not cars, but bikes!

Better remember where you parked your bike.  Of course, all the rental bikes come with great locks so you don’t need to worry about theft.