Our day started with a three hour bike ride through and around the city of Amsterdam - so beautiful!
We were so nervous about getting on bikes. Bikers in Amsterdam are very brave - no helmets and very sure of themselves...they rule the roads. If you are newbies like us, the trek was intimidating. We braved the roads and it was totally worth it. Our guide, Shawn was great and he took us to some very interesting parts of the city. We toured with one other young couple from California. Interesting, they toppled from their bikes but Cas and I managed to rock it out. Shawn took us to many districts - did you know that there are many besides the RED LIGHT district? We passed through the city, the museum district, the market district, de pijp, the industrial district, passed the zoo and had a beverage on the beach! After our bike tour, we wobbled off to grab some sandwiches and sat in the famous Vondel Park while planning the rest of our day. Another highlight of the day was to visit the Van Gogh Museum. We spent about 1.5 hours there and closed the place down. What a great experience. For supper, we visited the Pancake Bakery near our hotel. OMG! Just check out the pictures...need I say more. In an effort to walk off the calories, we headed to the Red Light District to check out the scene. Very interesting! Sorry - no pictures allowed so you will just have to check it out yourselves one day. It was quite the experience... Cas nabbed a few pictures on way home as we strolled by the beautifully lit canals and outdoor cafes.
(pictures are a little out of order)
Monday, September 15, 2014
Yesterday we traveled from Paris to Amsterdam on the Thalys Train system. We didn't get much sleep on the train so we were pretty tired when we arrived. So...we just spent the time getting familiar with our new surroundings. The weather was amazing so we sat outside and enjoyed the day. A nice cold beer and a delicious lamb lasagna dinner!