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Netherlands

May 22 – 25, 2015

We have lots of plans when we leave Germany and they all change when we get out the map. We’re close to the Netherlands so Brian suggests we go there in search of tulips. When Dave sees how close Amsterdam is, the decision is made – we’ll head there.

Brian and Dave at the Central Station

 

 

And it’s a great decision. Amsterdam is the most amazing, vibrant city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike parking Amsterdam style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rembrandt Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing the city from the canals is a great start to our visit.  The houses, the bridges, the canal boats – utterly charming.

Amsterdam from the canals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the historic skinny bridges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spring colours - wonderful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering the streets of the red light area we see the girls plying their trade with many of them appearing so bored – filing their nails or sending messages on their phones. It’s a no photo area so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

A cool beer at New Market Square

 

 

 

Amsterdam is a great place to sit and watch the world go by and we do just that.

 

 

 

 

 

Zaans Schans

 

 

 

We’ve missed the tulip season by about three weeks but we don’t miss the windmills. The town of Zaanse Schans is a mix between tourist attraction and working mill town – windmill town. It is a beautiful day – the sun is glistening on the water and the breeze is turning the windmills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volendam

 

 

 

We’ve been told the seaside town of Volendam is a traditional fishing village. It’s also packed with tourists but when the sun is shining and you’re by the water it’s hard to complain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We turn our backs on the Netherlands and head to Denmark where it’s the bike’s turn for some TLC.

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