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My Belgium & Amsterdam Adventure: Day 6

By Sunday, July 28, 2013 , , ,

We started our day with a hot cup of Espresso looking out over the garden of our Airbnb rental. I seemed like a great start to the day, until I couldn't find my wedding ring.

We looked everywhere for it, and since the flat had some really clever storage solutions, (like lofting the floor of the bedroom about a meter) I was afraid it had fallen in the storage areas and never seen again. Fortunately after a few hours of searching, we decided we should make the best of it, go out into the city and look for it again later and the next day.

Then my husband found it in his shoe.

Amsterdam was different from other cities I've visited because of the sheer number of bikes everywhere. Hamburg is a pretty bike friendly city, like many cities in Europe there are dedicated bike lanes usually on the side walk but sometimes on the road. But here the bicycles had their own little roads. So in order to cross the street you had to check for cyclists, cars, then cyclists again before reaching the other sidewalk. 

The other thing that stood out to me were the number of gardens everywhere. Anywhere there was a small patch of land or space for a window box there were flowers.




Many of the boats along the canals looked like they were pretty perminant, some had plants growing on them.



Our contact from Airbnb (who met us with the key since our hosts were on holiday) suggested we take a ferry across the Amstel from behind central station.
He told us it was an up and coming neighbor hood and former dockyard with some cute cafes and the iconic EYE Film Institute.

When the ferry came in to dock, it lowered the whole back wall into a ramp, and scooters, motorcycle, bicycles and pedestrians poured out. 

Instead of dropping us off in a hip young neighborhood, we found ourselves in a current dock yard with no apartment buildings or shops. Just warehouses an yes, a few cafes presumably for where the workers could get something to eat. So all in all while I liked being out on the water and seeing Amsterdam from across the river, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this part of the trip.



We spent the rest of the afternoon walking through the city. Usually before we visit a city my husband and I make map of all the cool place we want to stop by, places like cathedrals, castles and restaurants. But in Amsterdam we didn't find a lot of landmarks and must see places (aside from museums), so we spent a lot of time wandering the streets.

Sundial clock






I didn't take any photos of the inside of our AirBnb flat, since it is someones' home after all, but I did take this one of the balcony.

All in all, I felt a little lost and disoriented in Amsterdam. I know it's known for it's museums, but since we only here one full day, we wanted to spend it out in the city than inside one or two museums.

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