|This is the street where our Dutch publisher lived. We met him at his house and then
went around the corner to a coffee shop to talk.
|Amsterdam’s Museumplein — a giant lawn surrounded by terrific museums|
|We started with the Van Gogh museum.
We had to wait in line for about an hour before we could get in.
|The Rijksmuseum is next to the Van Gogh.
Here is were all the really great traditional Dutch art lives: Rembrandt, still life, etc.
|The Concertgebouw, where the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays.
Sadly, they didn’t perform on the one night I was in town.
|Next best thing to a concert? Why, lunch in the concert hall’s restaurant.
I had a quiche.
|One of the many canals lined with adorable, narrow canal houses.|
|Frites! Because wandering through a foreign city is hard work.
(It’s been so long since I had good Belgian frites —
I’d forgotten just how good they are!)
|Panoramic street view. From here I accidentally walked into the red light district… It was awkward.|
|Amsterdam is easily the most bike-friendly city I’ve seen in Europe or North America.
They have dedicated bike lanes, where the traffic is heavier than in the car lanes.
And the bicycle parking lots are massive.
|Hidden garden glimpsed through an ivy-covered iron gate.
I love that they take this much care to make a beautiful garden.
After what felt like miles of walking, I needed a break but didn’t want to go back to the hotel yet. My first instinct was to find a performance, but none of the orchestras, opera or ballet had a performance that night. So next best thing: Movies! I found a cinema downtown that was showing Pitch Perfect 2. I bought a ticket and had a great time watching that silly show with a bunch of chuckling Dutch fans.
Next morning it was time to come home. One quick flight from Amsterdam to Seattle, nonstop. We left at 10am and after 10 hours of flight landed at 10:50am. I love time travel like that!