Friday, August 31, 2012

Gent to Amsterdam, Thursday, August 30, 2012





Before we left our hotel in Gent, I had to take a picture of the vending machine that sells Belgium Beer along with the coke.

On our way to Amsterdam we stopped at Kinderdijk which is a town in the Netherlands that has a 19 windmills in one small area. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

We spent a few hours there. We all toured one of the windmills (ok, I panicked and didn’t do the whole thing because the steps were steep).

We next drove to the Amsterdam airport and dropped off our rental car before taking the city transit train to central station where we walked to our apartment.


Our apartment is in the middle of everything and is in a 200 or 300 year old building. It is small and quite quirky with floors that slope in many directions.

My husband and I walked a half hour to a Mephisto Store only to find out that it had closed at 5pm. I saw the pair of shoes I wanted to in the window.

There are bikes parked EVERYWHERE. I’ve never seen so many bikes.
Amsterdam is gorgeous however the bike traffic is crazy, its like Cairo on bikes. We even see families riding bikes, people with baby seats and wind screens in front of them and baby seats behind them. It is quite common to see one person riding and one person looking quite relaxed sitting on the back. When it started raining, people would be riding with one hand, holding an umbrella with the other. Of course, there are a lot of people biking and talking on their cell phones. You can tell that people here are practically born on wheels. I think its great.

Many of the old buildings actually lean on an angle because they are so old…quirky but gorgeous buildings.

It is raining out a lot tonight and is supposed to be cool (16degrees) tomorrow.

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