Thursday, August 23, 2012
It's all about the water
"You go right and cross one canal. The tram stop is on the left."
This was how the front-desk lady at my hotel told me to catch the train downtown. Did you notice the canal reference. In Amsterdam, it's all about the water. Canals are everywhere and woven into the language.
In the photo above (click to enlarge), you see houseboats, ducks and lots of water. There are 1281 bridges in the city, 165 canals and 2500 houseboats. People live on the houseboats with electricity and all the amenities.
Today, I took a boat excursion on the canals and the harbor, then a two-hour open-air bus tour. The weather was great. I told the lady at the front desk (when I returned) that I was a tourist today. It's a hard job, but you did it well she told me. Gotta love Dutch people.
When I go places, I'm not a big fan of museums. I like, rather, to get out and do things. Tomorrow, however, it's the Rijksmuseum. Must see the Rijksmuseum and it's only three blocks from my hotel.
Did you know: There are 600,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. Everyone rides them. No wonder you don't see any fat Dutch people. I saw a young lady texting while riding her bike! I couldn't make this stuff up.
Skinny Bridge (above). The original bridge (1691) was so narrow that pedestrians had to cross in single file.
Photos taken with my P&S.