Grebroeder Niemeijer (for the second time during our stay - it was that good) where we got to see how croissants are made. We then had a browse in a great toy shop called Mechanisch Speelgoed, which was full to the rafters of wonderful old tin toys. We also checked out the kids section of the public library, Oba, which was such a great and inviting library, not like the intimidating and unwelcoming British Library we have here. What a stay we had! So varied, such great food, scenery and company. If we one day tire of London I know where we're moving.
Can you ride a bike without holding onto the handlebars? At 38 I still can't. The hubby can though - and with a child on the back too it turns out. Nutter! In the afternoon of our third day we cycled back to Vondelpark, and then later rode through the city and made our way to Eye, the gorgeous film museum/cinema - such a wonderful building. We didn't really check it out properly though; we only went there for some mighty fine cakes and madeleines (soooooo good, you must go if you go to the 'Dam). Actually the food was pretty amazing everywhere we ate in Amsterdam. You can't really tell, as I didn't take any pictures of any of the food - I was too busy eating it. Besides, seeing people taking pictures of their food in the restaurants all the time these days (which I've been guilty of many times over the years) makes me want to hide my camera now. So I give you a tea bag instead - haha! Our last blow out meal was at Rainarai, which was just amazing. A-mazing. Man I want to go back so bad. Sigh. Have a good weekend!
Some pictures from our second day in Amsterdam, in the order they were taken. We started the day at Nemo (the Science Centre) where we had fun making huge bubbles. Then we had some lunch at Dwaze Zaken where I took the picture of the chairs (like you do). We then got on a canal boat for a tour around the canals of the city, something I thought Oomoo would enjoy (he didn't - he got bored pretty quickly) and then made the obligatory pit stop for some apple pie at Winkel (if you go to Amsterdam I implore you to go - it's so goooooood). Finally we had some amazing thai food for dinner at Kinnaree, where I snuck the picture of the woman matching the wall behind her :)
A couple of weeks ago we hopped on the train to Amsterdam for a three night stay to hang out with our dear friend Z. It was a bit nerve racking as we weren't sure if we would make it; Oomoo had come down with chicken pox just a few days before and the hubby had an almighty jet lag. Luckily Oomoo got well in time for our departure, so off we went. I've just recently got a new DSLR camera, so it was a good place to try it out. These pics are all from our first day there; we dropped our bags off in the flat we were staying in and then immediately hired bikes (a must!). Within an hour of arriving Oomoo said "Why can't we move to this country?". And I must say something kinda clicked this third time round in Amsterdam. I actually started day dreaming about living there too. It's such a beautiful city and the tempo of life is so much slower than here, no one is in a rush and everyone is pootling along nicely on their bikes. Anyway, we rode ours to Vondelpark and had a bit of a play, and then got caught in an almighty downpour and all arrived drenched at Z's flat (pics 5-8), and Oomoo got to help feed Duana the tortoise! I have a feeling that his memories from the trip will stay with him for a long time - we can't wait to go back. More pics to come and happy long weekend to yous!