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.
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.
On 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.
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.The front; then the back.
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.This 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. Here’s Willem and here’s the Hotel de L’Europe dock.
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.
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.