lundi, mai 13, 2013

Amsterdam revisited

My mother and I spent our short time in Amsterdam walking around. We did take a canal tour after we checked into our hotel. After all, what better way to see Amsterdam than through the connected canals.
We had lunch at Chinatown which was just two streets from our hotel. We liked our lunch so much that we went back to the same restaurant before we took our train back to France 2 days later.
Amsterdam has lots of great museums. Yet, I decided to visit the Bags and Purses museum with my mother. It was small and quick to visit. Also, I was sure my mum would appreciate this more than the famous art musumes. We even had time for a 30mins foot massage before boarding the train home. Staying right in the center of old Amsterdam helped to make all things accessible.
Below is a chinese temple right in the old town of Amsterdam. We had lunch twice at one of the restaurants along this street.

The canal tour we took. It lasted an hour and gave insightful information about Amsterdam.

The flower market in Amsterdam. 
An interesting door sign at the tea saloon LANSKROON (Singel 385, Amsterdam). The stroopwafels here are very different from the ones we find in the supermarket. 
 The central train station.In front of it, there was a huge construction going on for a new metro line.
 The 2 stars hotel we stayed in. It was expensive for the basic room but the location more than made up for the price we paid.
 As we were there the weekend before the last Queen's day on 30 April, there were decoration of orange balloons everywhere. Queen Beatrix abdicated the Dutch throne to her son, Crown-Prince Willem-Alexanderto. Now, there would be King's day instead.

A pulley at work carrying planks up to the last floor. As Amsterdam buildings have small doors, at the top of most buildings, there would be a pulley. It was interesting looking at the different design of the roof top and the pulleys. 
 The place below is Rembrandt Square.
With only three days in Netherlands, I managed to meet up with my friend Yvonne who is married to a Dutch. We had dinner at Alkmaar and discovered this quaint city.

In my next post, I will show the photos we took from the Bags and Purses museum. Interesting museum for women who love bags.

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