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Amsterdam….of course.

And exactly where did I leave my bike?

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Or was it here…

 

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(Must fit a plastic cover to that seat…)

 

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Living on a boat does not mean you can’t have a garden:

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Or a conservatory: 

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Or even a stained glass window:

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O00h, a book fair…

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And a man making exquisite notebooks by hand. I had a chat with him and will feature him in a future post, once he has his website set up.

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(Well, that figures if they don’t pay their taxes).

 

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(The very posh central railway station).

Whoops! Two trams approaching on the same track. There was quite a build up of trams either side before it was sorted out, but we’d all got off and walked by then: one of the great things about  the centre of Amsterdam is that you can walk it all, and stand and gaze as you do so.

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My room in the two-star Hotel Iris in the city centre.

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The back garden where I ate my breakfast each morning. Like most traditional city buildings, the house is tall and narrow…and  it has stairs…

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…and I was four floors up from reception: my fitness schedule for the week.

 

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Just around the corner…the five-star hotel I did not stay in.

 

And another book, but this is Delft ware from the Rijks Museum. I’ll take you there another time.

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Bikes, Boats, and Books – guess where?
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5 thoughts on “Bikes, Boats, and Books – guess where?

  • November 9, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    Fantastic pictures! I really enjoyed them! Did you regret not staying in the five star hotel?

    • November 9, 2014 at 7:54 am
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      Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed them. No, no regrets at all over the five star hotel. My room at the Hotel Iris was small and basic, but I was only in it to sleep (and it had an en suite shower). The important thing was that the staff were friendly and helpful, the atmosphere relaxed and accepting, and the whole place was clean and bright. I find comfort in simplicity.

  • November 9, 2014 at 8:20 am
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    Beautiful photos of Amsterdam, Trish! Like Christina James, who also did a lovely photo post of our fair city, you have captured its essence in so many ways, and what is so noticeable is that it’s largely focused on the waterways. I wouldn’t want to live there – too many tourists – but I love the vibe and the atmosphere of the city. Next time, you must come to Rotterdam, though 🙂

    • November 9, 2014 at 8:37 am
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      It’s especially pleasing when a ‘local’ enjoys my photos, Val, thank you. Yes, I saw and enjoyed Christina Jame’s post a couple of weeks ago, and I will be posting at least a couple more myself because my eyes were in overdrive. Next time, I will not pack my days with fixtures, however much fun they are, and will come to Rotterdam, too, bringing my proper camera to indulge in a ‘photo-holiday’.

  • November 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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    I was taken away! I love the photos and the story <3 I haven't been to Amsterdam but it sure is a fascinating place. Do you ride a bike there? I love the trams, must be very easy and convenient to commute there!

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