Tuesday in Amsterdam 9/23/14

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There are more bikes than there are people in Holland…and they are piled up everywhere, waiting for their owners to come and to ride them.   See the lady with the kids in the front?  That’s a really expensive model and there are lots of them around.  How about that wooden one…Mike Roach could make them at Dovetail Designs, I bet.

We got right to work with the sunrise view from our window today.

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Then, the breakfast…looking at those same boats, but from the lobby this time.IMG_1078

DSC_4715Down behind the original Heineken Brewery is a multi-flavored market…blocks long and including food, clothing and etc. in profusion.  Here is just a selection of some booths.DSC_4716DSC_4719DSC_4722DSC_4725

Do you see the waffle with the M&M’s?

We met Andre later…he’s a former landscape design guy, turned guide to gardens and architecture.  Perfect for Amsterdam, because the styles of the houses are unique and each Century from 17th-20th has its own epoch and the gardens are all hiding behind the houses…invisible.  Many of the best addresses are along the canals.

DSC_4735There go Nancy and Andre into our first stop a museum of a 17th C. house with garden.DSC_4746The garden is expansive.  When the garages/stables burned down, they just made the garden bigger.

DSC_4754On our way to the next stop, we passed an intersection of canals, making his  an especially desirable location.  And here’s a place famous for big parties…the sheriff’s sale notice means that “the good times sometime end.DSC_4751

One of the buildings is normal in the front and then, the back is single rooms, rented to women students, supported by the rent from the apartments in front.  Original an “alms house” where the women in back lived rent free if they behaved.DSC_4770The front; then the back.DSC_4771

Nearby, a former Orphanage became part of a complex including the French Consulate and here’s their garden.DSC_4769

Going back to the hotel, we passed the subway construction that is causing problems in a place where the water table is right below the surface….they are way behind, over budget and keep messing up house foundations as they move along.DSC_47672014-09-23 08.13.56This entire house is wobbling.

We saw a small electric boat when we sat at the waterside dock on Sunday…remember?  The concierge set us up with the guided tour by Willem, the boat’s owner, who met us at the door from the bar to a tiny dock.2014-09-23 13.45.44 Here’s Willem and here’s the Hotel de L’Europe dock.2014-09-23 13.46.33

This is an up-close and personal tour from a totally new perspective.  He first offers champagne and unwraps a tray full of munchies – it’s cocktail time now.

2014-09-23 13.48.21We cruise by the flower market that stretches an entire city block, floating on barges.

2014-09-23 14.06.58We pass houseboats, sailboats and beautiful bridges that are much better appreciated from this vantage point.

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Final docking at home-hotel-bar after an hour of boat touring has us ready for dinner and early bedtime for a flight to Budapest tomorrow.

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Dag.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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