Wednesday, December 02, 2009
A couple of weeks ago on a rainy day, we crossed the border to visit Amsterdam. It must have been almost twenty years since I've been there the last time, but not that much had changed: the canals were still there.
Amsterdam is a very Bart-friendly city.
The Kalverstraat - Amsterdam's main shopping street (for non-hallucinogetic items).
Wolf with his cool Siberian winter hat
Guess who had hot cocoa?
Somwhere underneath this pile of bikes lies the famous Damplein.
I first saw these elephant statues on Invader Stu's blog and I was so pleased to see them for real. Wolf loved them too. They are scatered trought the city and painted in all sorts of colours and themes. This is clearly an Indian elephant.
Mrs.B was feeling peckish and wanted a little something. Yes, it's the 'Walletjes', Amsterdam's famous red light district. Wolf liked it too, because there were a lot of shops with 'balloons'. That's when we decided to set another course.
The local cuisine is simple but delicious, if you like raw herring with bits of onions that is.
Social welfare in the 17th century: it's pretty clear who the clients were.
Canals, more canals, with boats, and more boats. And many, many more boats.
You have 'champignon de Paris' and you have 'champignon d'Amsterdam'. Do not serve the latter in a cream sauce with your steak.
Time for a snack, after such a long walk. Do they have hot cocoa here?
Ok, the VERY last picture of a canal.