2 nights in Amsterdam 07-28-2014
If I had to pick a country to live in among the countries we visited, I think Amsterdam would be the top pick. Everyone is very mellow, happy, and the city is beautiful. Prices for food were quite cheap, even cheaper than at home I'd say. Penny kept calling Amsterdam, Hamsterland, it kinda stuck.
Cheese in HamsterLand
There are tons of cheese shops in Amsterdam, I think this is what I love most. The shops will happily give you samples.
We mostly ate Thai food in Amsterdam, we were just in the mood for it. It was good, but I think Sala Thai in Fremont is still our favoriate.
Of particural importance was 1. The best apple pie I've had from a store named Winkel (literally translated - Store).
Also 2. the orange juice machine in the grocery store, and 3. one of the tastiest burgers I've had from a place next door to our hotel room.
Our hotel was great, it is on one of the "9 streets" that are most scenic in Amsterdam in the Jordaan District. It is a 5 min walk from Anne Franks house, all the streets around the hotel look amazing. Every house is painted with glossy paint, every bridge is decorated with flowers.
The hotel (home run bed and breakfast) has just one room, and the bathroom is shared with the owner. She gave us a carton of milk for Penny, a stack of business cards of her favorite resturants in the area, and an umbrella since it was raining. Overall a great stay, at a great price, in a great neighborhood. Only downside is the shared bathroom, and no A/C. We had to sleep with the windows open, and listed to diesel delivery trucks and scooters go by all night.
There is no sign for the hotel which is very confusing, this is more like an Air BnB.
Amsterdam is like Venice without all the stairs. Every bridge is bikeable which is lovely. The streets and bridges all melt into each other and form a harmonious sculpture for people to ride bikes on. We did a Mike's bike tour, and I also liked seeing the variety of bikes in the city, they are almost all city bikes, we never saw an electric bike or full suspension mountain bike.
I think we saw every make of electic vehicle in Amsterdam. We even stopped by the Telsa store.
Canals and Bridges
Pictures speak for themselves.
More pictures around town
I am Amsterdam sign, Anne Franks house, cool cafes...