Our plan had been to meet up the gang that afternoon for a canal boat ride, so we caught a tram then walked to meet up with them. The boat tour had a bar, which was why that one was chosen. We were so ready!! Fortunately, the weather held out for us. A most enjoyable cruise through history and the many twists and turns meandering through the city!
After a stroll through the streets being very careful to not get hit or cause a bicycle accident (they have the right of way BEFORE all others including cars), we (Mike, me, Cindy & Bert) took a tram to Rembrandt Plaza and had dinner on the square. The rain caught up with us at that point and didn't quit, except for a few short respites, the whole time we were in Amsterdam.
After dinner, Bert & Cindy headed home, but we strolled the streets some more and I bought some heavenly licorice and wine and Mike got his beer and water. This, too, became a routine this first evening in each city. Priorities! Jumped on a tram to head back to our hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. Our room was very small but functioned fine, sort of. Nothing we couldn't live with and work around for 4 days.
Mike decided he wanted to go back to the museum to explore more, so I went with Cindy & Christie. As the rain decided to come down in earnest with thunder & lightening, we ducked into a café for an afternoon libation. That's done quite a bit there because it's rainy season. A nice way to wait out the rain!
After a short stroll with them, I decided to head back to the hotel to put my feet up. Having now worn closed toed shoes for a full week, my feet were screaming at me big time!
Since the rain continued on Day 3, we were off across the street to the Van Gogh museum, Mike’s favorite artist. It was truly spectacular and I had not been before. We spent over 3 hours wandering the halls. As you can tell, no pictures were allowed here either so this is all you get. LOL
|They LOVE their bacon. This is a BLT!! It was delicious & there are tomatoes under there. Ha!|
|Amsterdam's Mexican restaurant.|
We were fortunate that the rain gave way and we could go have dinner in the Red Light District and do a walk about. Again, no pictures of the girls are allowed. Mike tried but didn't get away with it.
If you're still hungry for more pictures, here's the link to all of them: