|The payoff for the long day of travel was the view from our bed on the houseboat we rented |
on one of the Amsterdam canals. Simply awesome!
Here's a link if you are interested:
|This was the view to the right (or west) from our small deck on the houseboat. |
Since it doesn't get dark until 10 PM or so local time,
we still had plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere.
|This was our view to the left (or east) from our houseboat deck showing a couple |
of the beautifulsmall bridges that connect the streets over the numerous canals.
Wednesday, May 22, 2012: On our first full day in The Netherlands we took a day tour of Amsterdam to see some of the rest of this small, but beautiful country which is only the size of the state of Maine.
|There used to be 10,000 of them in The Netherlands, now there are only|
about 1,000 left. Their purpose to pump water replaced by machinery.
|Our first stop was the amazing FloraHolland, the largest fresh flower auction house|
in the world. This was actually a "slow time" for them since the tulip season
had just ended, but there are auctions every day on flowers from around the world.
|Too bad this picture doesn't have a scratch and sniff option.|
|The drive through the Dutch countryside was similar to the scenes in Amsterdam, only bigger|
houses, bigger canals and bigger boats.
|We made a brief stop in Rotterdam, the country's biggest port which is filled with interesting|
architecture including this extremely cool bridge over the bay.
|Our next stop was The Royal Delft Pottery factory. These guys are still hand-painting |
all theirproducts just like they did when they started back in 1653. Beautiful stuff.
|The kids love this place and Ashlee was no exception although she did have a lot of envy|
as a Christmas Village addict herself.
|Did we mention we really loved the houseboat we stayed on in Amsterdam?|
Here's a shot of it from across the canal. We were staying in the far left side.
|Did we mentioned we really love the canals? Especially the more quiet ones away|
from the city centerand the touristy melee of the Red Light District.
|The canals after dark are magical. THIS is Amsterdam.|