After a delightful stay in Bruges, it was time to pack up and head down the highway to Amsterdam, our next stop on our tour through Northern Europe.
The almost 3 hour trip was pretty uneventful until we got to Amsterdam, where, once again, we struggled to find our way to our b and b. It is a very good thing that we were able to call the owners and that they spoke such good english. They were able to guide us right in Sloterkade 65. We’ll talk about this fabulous place to stay later on.
Fabulous food, this is no fast food kind place, example: Stew of deer in Guinness with Yorkshire pudding, pear and parsnip chips, of course, if you really want a burger, they are available. Did I say great beer? No? Well they have great beer, too, and a wonderful vibe. We had no desire to go any place else.
So, good food, good beer, right on a canal, very near to Vondelpark. I can not think of a better place right off the top of my head. This just added to the special nature of the place we were staying.
As I alluded to earlier, the b n b we found is in a great location, right across a very narrow seldom used, except for cyclists, street. I can not recommend this place highly enough. No, it’s not right in the heart of the city, but what it lacks in convenience, it more than makes up for in ambiance.
We booked the suite, because it offered a king size bed. Always preferred if you are 6’8″ tall. The suite has beautiful canal views out the front, and french doors leading to a balcony at the back overlooking the inner gardens. I so enjoyed looking out the front and seeing the boats go by in the canal, and the throngs of cyclists on the way to work and back.
Update(2014): We understand that the Suite is fully air-conditioned and has WiFi now. You can find out more on Bed and Breakfast Amsterdam.
Things To Do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is such a popular place to visit for a reason. There is so much to do here. No matter you interest you will find something to satisfy.
Museums abound from art to Anne Frank to….. But, for us Amsterdam is more about the city and the people. Visitors are drawn here for the atmosphere and the accepting attitude.
Naturally, tourists are drawn to the Red Light District out of curiosity. Taking a tour of the Red Light District is a great option, and highly recommended,
because you learn so much more by having a guide along than just by wandering the lanes on your own.
For others, a visit to the coffee shop is a strong draw. For the uninitiated, coffee shops here, are actually where you can legally by, and smoke, marijuana. Conservative Americans will need to get on their knees and pray for all kinds of forgiveness if they visit here.
But, for us, wandering the streets, renting bikes to ride, being on the water, eating good food, and drinking good beer. Ah, life is sweet, And, in Amsterdam, maybe a bit sweeter.