March was a long month and started off with a 4 day trip to Amsterdam. Cam was invited to tour a facility there and he in turn invited us to tag along. So what could have been an overnight trip for Cam turned into a long weekend away for all of us. (I'll just say up front, it was very weird to be seeing and doing without Johanna sharing our adventures - but she was having her own adventures in Canada.)
|The palace on Dam Square. (Nicole in particular got a kick out of saying "Let's go to the "Dam Square".)|
|The sign says Dam Good Coffee - but Nicole was excited to see giant jars of Nutella!|
Our first stop after Dam Square was the Rijksmuseum. I read somewhere that
Amsterdam has more museums than any other European city. We only went to one.
|I was a teenager when I first saw a photo of this painting "Night Watch" by Rembrandt. |
I was very excited to see it in person.
|These are communion cups! Super size me!|
|This is a paint box - with our painter in the back ground!|
|Nicole found Mr. van Gogh's brush strokes needed closer inspection.|
|I learned that Napoleon helped standardize weights and measures across Europe.|
|Back at Dam Square we watched a performance of break dancing.|
|We enjoyed a tour of the canals by boat. I was surprised by the number of house boats moored along the canals.|
|We should have rented the hotel's bicycles and saved our poor feet!|
|Saw a few of these decorative signs on old buildings.|
|Lots of unique restaurants! This one is vegan Japanese and Caribbean.|
|Handmade shoe making demo - for the tourists.|
|I tried some on - but they hurt my feet!|
|Sam tried some on too!|
|We walked along the canal.|
|We got to go inside a windmill, which I thought was really cool.|
The one we were in was grinding peanuts and producing peanut oil!
|Nicole watching the blades turn.|
Next Rolf took us to Volendam (fishing village) where we had lunch.
|We also ate raw herring while we waited for the kibblings.|
|Then we went to Marken by boat.|
|The harbour at Marken.|
|Marken was a delightful fishing village with canals and drawbridges.|
|People live and work here. There is access by car and by boat.|
There wasn't much open, but we walked around for a bit before Rolf took us back to the city.
Back in Amsterdam Central:
(in no particular order)
|Flower market ... too early for blooms but just right for bulbs!|
|Iconic Amsterdam, cheese, bikes and slippers shaped like wooden shoes!|
|Sam outside the Maritime Museum|
It looks kind of dull on the outside, but they had fascinating displays.
|Below deck, Sam is testing his strength by moving some crates.|
|This replica of a Dutch trader was great fun to explore!|
|Walking the plank ... into the ship!|
|The Captain's cabin - guess who is sleeping in his bed?|
|Ready, aim, FIRE!|
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum:
|This one is for Johanna! At Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum|
|Oprah getting ready to interview Nicole.|
|Cam and Dame Edna|
|Sam and Spiderman|