Over Easter, my husband and I travelled to Germany to visit my daughter and her soldier husband. Previous blogs recap days one through three of our trip.
Day one we visited Nuremberg. Day two we went to Beyreuth. Day three was our misadventures in Pilsen Czech and our wonderful mountain hike. Then after the hike, we drove onto post and boarded a bus to Holland. It was a long, uncomfortable bus ride, but there were some interesting sites along the way.
Like this windmill at a rest area on the autobaun.
Our first stop in Holland was the tulip festival in Keukenhof.
We toured the festival with my daughter, her husband and some wonderful firiends of theirs. (Military people are incredibly friendly!)
And there was a beautiful mosaic of flowers.
From Keukenhof, the bus carried us to Amsterdam where we all piled onto a canal boat and toured the city by water.
Amsterdam is a city of canals, rivers, bridges, dikes, and levees...
The river Amstel terminates in the city center and connects to hundreds of canals. Amsterdam is connected to the North Sea through the long North Sea Canal and is a popular cruise ship destination.
Beauitful buildings and architecture dating back to the 12th century surround the city. And because land is at a premium in Amsterdam, homes are built upward, with gabled roofs and pullies used to hoist furniture in and out of the buildings.
After we rested, a group of us took a series of city trams across town where we ate at an Argentinan Steak House.
I loved Amsterdam. My favorite part of the trip was Amsterdam at night. It was a warm evening with a gentle breeze blowing over the canal. The streets were crowded and the city came alive.
There was music and food, and so very much to see.
Amsterdam at night is truly amazing.
I didn't want the night to end. Walking with my husband along those streets was romantic. And spending time with my daughter, her husband, and their friends made me feel young and carefree.
Life is good.
And Sunday morning, was Easter.
After a scrumptious buffett breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and boarded the bus again for a tour of a shoe factory and cheese farm. There was a cheese and wine tasting at the farm, and honestly, Holland has the best cheese I've ever eaten.
After the tours, we drove back to the city and spent the afternoon in Amsterdam. We had lunch in a New York style outdoor cafe.
And we spent the afternoon walking through the city.
There was even a street fair outside the Royal Palace.
Amsterdam is a unique and wonderful city.
I loved it.