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7. Amsterdam Frankly

Bicycles Rule

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Again, we sleep until late. That is most unusual for us. We set out for breakfast and stop at Kofi and T. I have toast while B4 enjoys eggs; we both down thick black coffee. Our table is on the sidewalk and I am intrigued by a scene playing out across the street. Two young ladies are on hands and knees on the sidewalk whisking up trash which has overflowed a trash barrel. Then, they are hanging lanterns in a tree and placing mason jar candles on a wall—all in preparation for the opening of the restaurant where they work: Volt. I am heartened by their happy work. I want to eat there tonight but we have reservations elsewhere.

Upon finishing breakfast, we walk to the Ann Frank house where we have reservations for an eleven o'clock tour. You know the story; everyone does. The place brings it alive. When in Amsterdam, visit here but buy your tickets online in advance. The reality of the Ann Frank House is that it is too cramped to accommodate many visitors so the line for those who did not plan ahead is long and, for most, futile.

After, we somberly head for still another sidewalk café alongside still another canal where we enjoy sparkling water, coffee and a treat of apple pie a la mode. large_5c40e4a0-2f4f-11ea-9991-d165fed63495.jpglarge_5c448e20-2f4f-11ea-9b76-e75e0c33840c.jpgMore walking follows, this time passing by the massive bike parking lot outside Amsterdam’s Central Railway Station. There are certainly a lot of bicycles here; more than you can imagine. The lot is full as is an overflow lot over there and another over there and another over there. I have never seen, at least since the last time I was here, bicycles so numerous. And, these are all parked and locked up. An equal or larger number swoosh by us wherever we are. One must be very careful here or get run over. The difference is that the conveyance to watch out for is not the car or truck, it is the bicycle.

large_5c394380-2f4f-11ea-8d78-914e2081f16f.jpgThe Van Gogh Museum wraps up a very long day and we decide to cancel our reservations at the fancy place we had chosen (a long drive from our hotel) to, instead, eat at Volt where my cheeseburger and B4’s steak were just about perfect. After that, it was time to head back to the Okura and pack. We continue our journey tomorrow.

Posted by paulej4 16:05 Archived in Netherlands

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