I think it bears repeating that Amsterdam is amazing.
There is a vibe there that is indescribable.. A super liberal melting pot of interesting people, cultures and communities. I posted a pic in an early blog of all the bikes, but it is truly impressive how many people get around this way. Literally everyone owns a bike there.. And all the roads in the whole town are accommodating, with dedicated bike lanes (attn: Philly).. It really is a beautiful thing.
We didn’t have strict plans for the day, except for one thing: to visit the Heineken Brewery for a tour. After stopping into a coffee shop early in the afternoon and learning that space shakes had been banned (gasp!), we ventured to our first destination spot only to find this:
A double whammy. The rest of the day proved to be gorgeous though, and so we checked out the sights..
One of the “grachts”.. not sure which
The National Monument in Dam Square
In front of The Royal Palace
At one point in our wandering, we came across a corner hotel / cafe that I immediately recognized.. I had stayed here, at the Hotel International, 7 years ago, the first time I visited Amsterdam with some friends..
What a blast from the past.. And, to complete the weirdness, the same woman was behind the bar at the cafe.
I thought this was hilarious..
Dam Square at night
A beautiful town with an intoxicating atmosphere..
Saw a couple of things during the day that made me laugh, including this sign:
This word is eight thousand points in Scrabble.
And this one, from my hotel bathroom, is just pure comedy:
I guess they must have had a serious problem with that kind of thing at some point..