It’s easy to tell when it’s Summer in Amsterdam. Suddenly the populace is out in force in their boats on the canals.
It is the perfect opportunity to sit in one of the many canal-side cafes and watch the state of relaxation drifting past. Would you like to know more?
Tourist Season had a second shot this weekend. Our guests were very generous and purchased us tickets on a tour! So we stepped out of Amsterdam for just a few short but fun-filled hours!
We began our little tour by hopping on a bus at the Damrak and heading for Zaanse Schans to play in some real, old fashioned, still working, windmills.
This particular windmill was a spice windmill where they were grinding mustard.
But there were a host of other windmills in the surrounding area and the smell of cocoa being ground pervaded the air. It was delicious!
Then we were herded back on to the bus and zoomed off to our next destination! The quaint little fishing village of Volendam.
There was plenty to see here, and it was all geared towards the tourist dollar. We spotted four different shops where you could dress up in “authentic” dress to have your picture taken. Himself declined, so I took photos of the boats instead.
Time slipped away and we were shuffled off on our own boat to our next and final destination of Marken. It was here in amongst the traditional houses that we saw a brief talk on how they make cheese from cow, sheep, and goat milk. All these cheeses were delicious! We also saw a demonstation on how clogs are made!
They are made from either poplar or willow and are still worn by farmers today.
It was quite something to see! I will buy some, I just didn’t want to feel rushed into a decision today.
Then it was back on the bus and returned to Amsterdam! All up, five hours well spent. I can’t wait to go back to each destination with some more time to take a LOT more photos!
Suddenly we woke up one morning and it was Summer. We’ve had days of high twenties (Celcius), warm breezes, and the light doesn’t really go anywhere until 10pm.
In short, the perfect weather to sit in a cafe, by the side of a canal, have a beer, and watch the canal traffic try and navigate their way around each other.
Welcome to Summer in Amsterdam!
Since being forcibly stopped from my jogging regime by debilitating shin splints back in April, I have missed it more than I can say. So it has been so wonderful this last few weeks that Winter seems to have disappeared! With the days stretching themselves back out I have begun walking home from work again.
I have been able to stop an photograph the magnolias like I wanted to, though I think they really are confused and think it’s Spring! I hope there won’t be another cold snap!
And being able to have this view on the walk home is truly magical!
I love the fairy lights through the branches of the trees reflecting off the water through the boats.
We truly do live in a beautiful city!