Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shopping in Amsterdam!

On the 27th we strolled the Leidseplein and Leidsestraat.  Ate smoked paling (smoked eel) for lunch.  Spent a quiet afternoon on the Spui followed by an enjoyable bami goreng.  Today, Jun 28th went to the de Bijenkorf to buy shoes for Peter.  Tomorrow, with the family in Haarlem.   

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A day with Ted and Greta!

Jun 25 ate dinner at the Kantjil and de Tijger, Indonesian restaurant on the Spuistraat.  Great food and atmosphere.  Today, spent the day with friends from Naarden/Bussum, Ted and Greeta.  Walked the Jordaan.  Lunch at the Café Esprit.  Beers opposite the Westerkerk Toren.  Then Roak bought a pair of Amsterdamse Schoenen (geen klompen).  

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Bijerkorf, The Kalverstraat and the Spui

Warm and sunny day!  Walked along the canals and the Kalverstraat to Dam Square.  Visited the spectacular shopping centre on the Damrak called the Bijenkorf.  Then, back down the Kalverstraat where we bought the flag of the city of Amsterdam.  Then to the Spui for bitterballen where we met friends from Toronto.  

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Yesterday, spent a wonderful quiet day rambling through the city ending on the Spui watching people enjoying the sunshine and wind that marked the day.  Quiet breakfast at our favourite bakery enjoying ham/cheese croissant and espresso.  Dinner in a small Greek café near our hotel.  Today, walked to the Leidseplein for lunch and pictures.   Ate at the Hard Rock café and watched children getting face paintings while they and their parents waited for a seat.  Walked home and spent a quiet evening at the hotel.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Great day in Venlo at the Floriade 2012!

The new photos are from our trip to the Floriade in Venlo yesterday. The weather was great and we walked the 62 hectares over a 6 hour period. Great day. Great flowers!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A exciting day with family.

Visited the Leideseplein and the Apple store there to buy a charger.  Beautiful store with a spiral glass staircase -3 stories high.  Then visited with Paula and her daughter Phoebe in their beautiful condo in Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht followed by a special dinner at the Broek in Waterland.   Today walking the city.  Sunny and warm.  Tomorrow off to the Floriade in Venlo.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Had a wonderful flight (long) from Vancouver to Amsterdam via Toronto and Frankfurt but no waiting at airports.  Just breezed through to Amsterdam!  Sunny and warm.  Today is our first day walking about and our first stop will be at the Apple store in the Leideseplein.