First day in Amsterdam – Sunday, September 21, 2014


Here’s our place – the Hotel De L’Europe – owned by Heineken and recommended by our friend, Guus Lubsen.  He lives in The Hague – one hour away – and used to be a top guy at the international brewing giant.  He will come over tomorrow to help us know the country.

We arrived early AM, got our room at noontime and slept – our way of beating the jet lag.  An afternoon stroll around the city proved to be a lively Sunday with brilliant fall-like, sunny weather.

Drinks at a table on the Amstel River at the hotel gave us a chance to see all kinds of watercraft, people and river denizens.  And, some beer and wine…part of our Netherlands indoctrination – of course, we do that everywhere, don’t we?

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These folks are all out for a Sunday “stroll” on the canals/river.  We wave to them; they take our photo as we sip at the bar.

Our earlier walk was about a mile and an hour…we saw great architecture, lots of canals, people from all over the world, flower markets – bulbs are big here – and, of course, a neighborhood McDonald’s.

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Stay tuned.  Nancy’s sleeping; time to get on the right time schedule….six hours difference from the east coast.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.


  • Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities, and Blair’s too. We’re jealous. Love the canals, love the boats, love the architecture, love the people. Enjoy…


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