Amsterdam Canal & Bridge
I have been delayed in updating the blog due to technically difficulties. Internet access in Amsterdam
is a little pricey, but nevertheless it was such a treat to visit Amsterdam for a whole week. This city never disappoints us. We flew into Amsterdam from Ednburgh. We flew on Easy Jet Airlines which was like a Southwest. You can actually pay to board first so you can snag the exit row. I know that I am vertically challenged. but hey a little extra room never hurt anyone!
We arrived in Amsterdam on Friday and stayed until the following Friday (October 12-19). We walked all over the city, did a little shopping and took a day trip to Delft
Our favorite part of the city was an area called the Jordaan. This part of the city has all of the beauty plus it is a real neighborhood with cool shops and cafes that the locals hang out. As we were walking we came upon a outdoor market, one of the vendors was selling different nuts, olives marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil, peppers and too many other amazing foods to choose. So instead of hitting a restaurant for lunch we purchased some almonds and olives, we went to the neighborhood store and picked up some bread, ham, chocolate and fruit and proceeded to have a picnic on the edge of one of the canals. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it was warm as we sat there enjoying our lunch with a view of the canals and the homes on the banks. Incredible.
Bree street in Delft
A few days later we took a day trip to Delft which is only 30 miles outside of Amsterdam. The woman at the shoe store I bought some great boots from told me that Delft is a very old city and was not damaged in the war. The city is like a little Amsterdam so of course we loved it. We had a waffle with some type of carmel lovelines in the middle warm from the griddle. Delicious! Delft is were Vermeer lived and painted many of his works of art so we had to visit and we were not disappointed.
We did do a few tourist activties during our stay. We went to the Van Gough Museum (cool), revisited the Rjikes Museum (even better, but not as cool as the first time we went) and the best by far was the evening canal cruise. To see the city at night from the canals was truly an experience, one I will never forget.
Yes, we did go to the Red Light district (gross) too many drunk and stupid tourist and a really scary senior citzen prostitute (yikes!). What is so strange is that this area is in the old part of the city and a beautiful old church sits in the middle of this part of town. No, we did not go into a "Coffee" shop, we look, but didn't buy. I think we are too old to hang out with the 18 year olds getting stoned in the middle of the day, plus there are better things to do in Amsterdam, but if you are looking for a place to indulge in all of your vices Amsterdam is the place to go. Gambling, hooker, drugs and booze, but come to thing of it is is kind of like Vegas without all the neon. hum??
Needless to say we had a great week in Amsterdam. Is was also nice to unpack for a week and just chill out. We left on a night train to Prague on the 19th...