Scenes from Amsterdam

Beware the cute little cars.

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They travel on the bike paths, not the roads, and are considered to be “bike-like” in that they are speed limited. Therefore, they can run you over when you are a) not on the road, or b) walking through the larger parks.

Moral of the story, don’t walk on the bike paths. They are treacherous!

Into the Woods

I have come to realise that I am now one of those people who talks about the weather incessantly. I’m sorry. However when the good days seem few and far between, you tend to celebrate when it’s good! And the weather has been just spectacular! So we did like Netherlanders and got on our bikes and headed out to the local woods.

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There we found a likely patch of grass next to a canal (of course!), and watched the passing traffic. Would you like to know more?

The continuing story …

In today’s exciting episode, we find our Heros under a mound of boxes and ex-packing material. In order to make this post a little more interesting, we will bring you instead some photos from around Amsterdam.

The first in our selection is a vivid depiction of just how they retrieve the masses of bicycles stolen every day, from the bottom of the canals. It’s a spectator sport.


In an era when property tax was based on how much street frontage you had, everyone wanted the narrowest property possible! I think I’ve found a contender for narrowest house! Yes, that door in the middle has it’s own street number, it isn’t a part of the properties on either side.


Amsterdam has some of the most wonderful street art I’ve seen, and I am hoping to fill an entire post for you. In the mean time, here’s one I spotted as I was giving a friend the grand tour of our fair city last week.


As I stated above, we have been unpacking and settling in. For us this includes the purchase of a new cat post for the fur-kids to enjoy. They have really been missing this in the past few months. We got a new one in the post last week and then spent a fun hour putting it up.


It was obvious that they’d missed having something to climb, as they were all over it and “helping” us build it, as the post was being put together!


We have had a few backyards since moving over here, but now I’d like to show you where we’ve settled. A good mix of town and country!


Being us, we are still in the process of identifying which of the local cafes has the best coffee and service. The one we were in today is a top contender! Their Croque Monsieur was delicious!


Hopefully by next post I’ll be set up enough to have gone on an adventure which I can tell you all about! See you all soon!