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Jordaan

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  • Day4

    Amsterdam day

    April 28 in the Netherlands

    1928 Olympic Stadium, riding the Tram through Amsterdam, Anne Frank house, walking along the canals, going to the Rijks museum. Those little feet can only go so far. I feel so fortunate to have Caroline and Aunt Anneke to spend time with, reconnect, and help us navigate the Netherlands. So fun and lots of laughs :) Trev

  • Day67

    Don is a Trooper!

    July 12 in the Netherlands

    Our friend Don arrived yesterday morning and we had a plan to address his jet lag as quickly as possible. We fed him a high protein breakfast then took a good, long 12 kilometer hike around Amsterdam giving him a good sense of the city. We then watched an engaging Wimbledon tennis match in which Roger Federer was out-dueled by kevin Anderson in extra sets followed by a World Cup soccer match in which Croatia beat France. Don stayed awake til the end of regulation then hit the sack to end his first day.

    Today we lit out on a 36 kilometer bike ride through the villages and farmlands to the north of the city. We stopped quite a bit for coffee, tea, apple tarts and ice cream. In Monnickendam we stopped in a waterside café run by Philadelphia, a company that supports people with developmental disabilities. Sort of a vocational venture. Very pleasant. The tea and apple tarts were delicious. They also run a glass art studio and shop.

    Here's a link to a short video showing part of the ride: https://photos.app.goo.gl/evyy34ihrriemYbc7
    (It wasn't nearly as windy as the camera makes it sound; honest ;)

    Tomorrow we'll hit some museums and borrow a boat to explore the canals.
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  • Day68

    Canal Boat Hire or Gracht Boot Huur

    July 13 in the Netherlands

    Nancy and I have clocked several hundred miles walking around the canals of Amsterdam over the past month. At least that's what Google Timeline tells us. A week ago I decided to take a look at the city from the water. I found a company called Barqo which lists private boat owners who are willing to let their boats. There are all kinds of boats listed, launches, rowboats, motor motor boats, sailboats, and yachts. Insurance is provided through the site. Not too many kayaks listed though. I found a small motorboat for about 100 euro for 4 hours.

    We spent the morning relaxing before walking to nearby Westerkerk for a noon organ recital. I've included a photo of that glorious instrument. The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting a new exhibit of at the Stadsarchief city archive. It features the street photography of a photographer, Dolf Toussaint, working in Amsterdam for several decades from the 50s through the 70s. There's a shot of his work included in the photos as well. A link to the exhibition is here: https://www.amsterdam.nl/stadsarchief/agenda/toussaint

    The late afternoon and evening was spent plying the canals of Amsterdam. Wine, beer, a cheese plate, and all-you-can-eat liverwurst were included.

    A link to more photos from the evening can be found here:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/mDSpKvdTCbSf6t78A
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  • Day7

    Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade

    August 5, 2017 in the Netherlands

    The big event finally arrived. The city was completely plastered with pride flags (including the Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam). The atmosphere was buzzing with people all trying to position themselves along the parade route. There was a sea of people for as far as you could see. Those lucky enough to get a spot of one of the many boats on the canals were fortunate to get an up-close view of the glitter, leather and sequins. Us mere peasants were contented with a position on the bridge along the Prinsengracht (and Berenstraat).

    The boats began in the East at the Oosterdok then they floated down into the Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel, Prinsengracht and finished at the Prinsengracht/Westerdok. All in all the parade took 3 1/2 hours to weave through the canals of Amsterdam.

    The parade included 80 floats, all with a specific theme (well mostly, some just seemed to be party boats). The crowd was so diverse from children to grandparents, all celebrating diversity and love in whatever shape and form that it might come in. It's not just tolerance, it's acceptance! And that's what I love about Amsterdam and the Netherlands in general.
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  • Day6

    Drag Queen Olympics

    August 4, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Pride opened with the Drag Queen Olympics, which consisted of: stiletto heel 👠 racing, handbag 👜 throwing, hula hoop and riding a hobby horse 🐴. The two drag queen MCs kept the crowd entertained with their sharp-witted, and often sharp-tongued, sense of humour. Our favourite was the Italian drag queen, Lola. She had big hair and looked ready to do the Jane Fonda workout video.

    The winner was a Jamaican drag queen, who demonstrated that she was the better hobby horse rider.

    Afterwards, street parties popped up all over Amsterdam, with music and other entertainment. Though it was going to be hard to top the Drag Queen Olympics. We positioned ourselves in Dam Square, the main square of Amsterdam, in front of the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk.

    The music was entertaining but we couldn't help but think that music stopped in 1999. All of the songs were samples from pre-1999. But we were taken even further back in time when the next act appeared on stage: Boney M. It was a strange act to have between two DJs. Somehow the disco tunes of the Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring 💍 and Daddy Cool didn't quite suit the occasion. But it did provide for an entertaining evening!
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  • Day33

    Netherlands, Amsterdm

    July 10, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Arrived here after an 8 hour drive. It's easy leaving a big city early on a Sunday morning, especially one like Berlin that doesn't seem particularly busy anyway. It was only supposed to be a six drive but we encountered plenty of roadworks that go for miles. We got caught up in the very recent aftermath of an horrific road accident. I guess this is one of the downsides of unrestricted speed on the autobahn. Most drivers seemed pretty sensible, there were a few though that took full advantage of it. On our last night in Berlin we went to a roof top restaurant. It turned out o be really good - it was right next to the zoo, and the views in all directions were pretty good. It doesn't get fully dark in Berlin until about 11pm, and light again at about 4 am. The reverse in winter according to a local - only about 4 or 5 hours of daylight in the middle of the day. The food was fantastic share plates of middle eastern style food....yum.

    Arriving in Amsterdam was not so easy. Th ubiquitous roads were everywhere. All the streets are extremely narrow paved roads, some one way and of course we couldn't get to our hotel because of them....finding an alternative route was a little challenging but we got there. Our hotel is quite close to the old town and is opposite a canal. There are little cafes and bars everywhere it seems like a pretty vibrant place. We went on a mini exploring walk to a restaurant for dinner...I think we'll enjoy it here. We have a walking tour booked for this afternoon and the hotel has boat and we'll be going on that tonight.
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  • Day35

    Netherlands, Amsterdam

    July 12, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Our last day in Amsterdam. We're off early tomorrow morning to northern France and our fellow travels fly home. We've had pretty good weather so far but our umbrellas got a work out today. It started raining early and pretty much didn't stop until late afternoon. We spent the day doing indoor things......two museums and brewery. The first museum, "Moco" had a Banksy and Dali exhibitions on. The Banksy, really interesting and comprehensive, all of the favourites and a few of the lesser known. Dali doesn't really appeal to me, never has so I didn't pay too much attention. Roge enjoyed it though. Through the pouring rain to the Stedelijk Museum for two floors of modern Dutch art. Loved it. Of course who can visit Amsterdam without having a Heineken experience? Not us apparently. A brewery tour, which started out well to keep us out of the rain. The first part of the tour which show cased the history of the brewery and the brewing process was quite interesting but then it just descended into a commercially interactive experience complete with ride and an opportunity to participate in Dutch karaoke. Who would have thought. The Heineken experience finished in a roof top bar....Been a long time since I've been in a venue where my shoes stuck to the floor. An afternoon spent wandering, with a little bit of souvenir shopping. Looking forward to France.Read more

  • Day35

    Amsterdam

    July 12, 2017 in the Netherlands

    I think I'm warming to it......the heady fragrance of a long forgotten smell is everywhere. Today we went to the Museum quarter, a place a about a 20 minute walk from our hotel where most of the major museums are located. We had pre-booked tickets to the Rijks Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. It is very crowded here, we think the European summer holidays must have started as there're lots of kids everywhere. The queues to get in to these places are miles long so it's a good thing we prepurchased. The Rijks Museum is housed in a very beautiful building built in the 1800's and funded by wealthy Dutch for the specific purpose of a Museum. The museum is pretty much a comprehensive mix of Dutch art and history. It is was quite interesting, my favourite a display and story about Dutch sailors in the 1500's who went via the Arctic circle to find an alternative route to China. The got stuck in the ice for 9 months and surprisingly most of them survived in a "safe house" they built. Imagine, no down jackets, no decent shoes.....needless to say it wasn't a good short cut to China. The Van Gogh museum was 3 floors of the history and art of this prolific painter. It was excellent. A walk back to the hotel for coffee, cake and Roger's daily fix of the Le Tour on the telly.Read more

  • Day34

    Netherlands, Amsterdam.

    July 11, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Amsterdam. I'm not sure. I had pictured pretty little cobbled streets, flowers, quaint cafes, bikes, canals with boats and little bridges crossing them. It is all of that but with frenetic busyness that I wasn't expecting. It's also pretty grubby with lots piles of garbage and litter everywhere. I don't want to be too harsh, that was first impressions on our first day....we wandered around a bit ourselves this morning and visited the main Dam Square with its palace. We had a 3 hour walking tour this arvo. The tour was quite good, an Amsterdam local lead us around to the main sights and explained some of the history to us. She stopped us for a sandwich at a little out of the way local cafe without tourists (we are everywhere and make up a huge proportion of the crowds in Amsterdam). The food was great and we spent a bit of time talking to her about Australia. Of course you can't visit here without wandering through the red light district. Have seen it now, no big deal, a little cheap and tacky. Last night we went on a boat cruise through the canals, that was really good and we got to see a lot of the city that we probably won't get to it the couple of days that we have. We have bought a selection of museum tickets so plan on doing that today.Read more

  • Day33

    Anne Frank House

    July 21, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Queued 3 hrs to see the house then an hour looking through. The saddest and yet one of the most inspiring stories from WWII. No pics allowed inside.

    This is actual house she and her family hid in for 2 yrs. Chilling to see the bookshelf hiding the door to their annex. And the pictures she had pasted on the wall in her wee room. And the blackout curtains on all windows...

    Wrenching that after all that, Nazis still rounded them up thanks to someone betraying their hiding place. Only her father Otto survived the whole ordeal...

    Little did young Anne know her diary writings would be so widely read around the world. She was just 13 when they went into hiding and 15 when she died of typhus after 6 months at Auchwitz, just a few days after her dad was liberated from the camp by Russian troops.

    No more meglamaniacs in power, ok?
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