|Amsterdam train station- google images.|
Loved this guy and their little dog!
Cute couples seemed to be everywhere.
Most people had these generic black bikes and a milk crate wired to it. There are no fancy bikes anywhere and no helmets ever! People are amazing bikers here. They are fast and so used to it that couples even hold hands and bike side by side.
Don’t you love both the men’s bright pants here? People dressed beautifully in Amsterdam. It’s a very stylish city.
Families share bikes like this mother and her daughters going into the tunnels that run under the Rijksmuseum.
This was a grandmother with her daughter and granddaughter .
Amsterdam has 800,000 people and 880,000 bikes. It is estimated that 70% of all trips or errands are done on bicycle. It wasn’t always this way. In the 1970s the country began to invest in biking. There was a really interesting article about how biking became so popular in the Netherlands here on BBC news magazine. The Dutch also believe there is safety in numbers, which I am sure is true.
If they aren’t on wheels than they are pushing them. I loved this stylish little gal and her dolly.
On every gate or fence or space a bike is chained to it. I’m not kidding about that.
As a bike rider myself, I would be quite intimidated to ride here as a tourist! Dutch biker speed is fast! You should see the corners they take, with kids as well! I saw quite a few near misses and you have to be careful not to walk on the bike paths.
Flowers are grown where you least expect it.
Flower boxes are on most of the bridges!
So much to do here, but we only had two full days. We wandered the city and checked out the flower market, shops and restaurants.
The front of the Rijkmuseum. This and the Van Gogh Museum are about a block apart.
The Amsterdam flower market was interesting and was huge. Fun shopping here. Grif was intrigued by the solar butterflies. They have Delftware for sale in the stands and nearby on the main shopping street, Kalverstraat, which is for pedestrians only.
They sell tiny pygmy orange trees in canisters here. Orange is the official color of the Netherlands and it makes a good little souvenir. You can bring it home and plant it. (Okay, mine’s still in the can.)
This hammock store was pretty cool.
The cheese shops also line the flower market. Don’t skip stopping here and sampling! We brought home a wonderful wheel of gouda.
One of the best meals we had on this trip was here at Cafe Loetje. It’s near the museum district and is a favorite of the locals. Salads were huge and food was very good. Wonderful outdoor dining and fun bar. People were so nice!
The foods you could bring home or eat there were amazing. They had soup stations, bread stations, an Asian wok station, and I could go on and on!
Focaccia by the foot!
Grab and go juices made in house.
We all picked something delicious and sat upstairs where it feels like you are in someone’s home.
The lunch area has beautiful marble tables and furniture.
Bridal shower boat?
Many of the boats are houseboats and have their own gardens! Love the boxwood and black paint here.
Boxwood is popular all over the city.
I also adored the lacquered doors that are everywhere.
Another boxwood adorned and more modern canal home below.
Unique to Amsterdam is the very narrow canal houses. A long time ago, homeowners were taxed according to the width of their homes, so home were built as narrow and tall as possible.
It sits in my kitchen window now and it makes me think of our trip.