Amsterdam snippets, almost over


It's hard to believe there are still more pictures and adventures I've yet to tell you about our trip. It's like the well intentioned slide projector show & tell gone on about 2 weeks too long.

I'm also nearly out of new words to use to gush about Amsterdam. The houses, the canals, the boats, the bikes. Again, the cheese. A little somethin somethin called stroopwafels gifted to us by sweet miss small sight.















The women in Amsterdam are wildly impressive on their bicycles. (Although anything related to bicycles seems impressive to me, who has been run over one too many times to ride alongside cars ever again.) I swear to you I saw I a woman riding a single bike that was carrying 3 children under the age of 4. With groceries. In the rain. It's amazing how naturally riding a bike in a city comes to the Dutch.

Gracefully weaving and balancing babies and umbrellas, it was enough to make my head spin. Such a feat would likely mean certain destruction in the States but Amsterdammers all seem to watch out for one another, a lovely concept indeed.

17 comments:

  1. I live in South Florida, so if you are on a bike you are practically dead!

    Lovely photos though, thanks for sharing!!!

    xo,
    Casey
    www.blondebargainbabe.com

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  2. It is true, too many places are not adapted ror bikes!
    Beautiful pictures by the way.

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  3. You've got some lovely photos here... Those women on their bikes sound quite impressive. Hopefully I'll make it there one day to witness all these things myself!

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  4. There's definitely a respect for bikes in Europe that is absent in North America. Over here, it seems that respect is only given to big honking SUVs. Such a shame.

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  5. That first picture is so fabulous, I want to blow it up and frame it.

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  6. "Too long"? Nonsense. More please.

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  7. Love Amsterdam, even in the freezing cold weather! I was there last January, and it was the coldest I have ever been in my life. Meanwhile - people are still scooting around on their bikes. awesome.

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  8. Still enjoying your travel pictures. I didn't know two girls could have sooooo much fun in Europe!

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  9. You captured so much of what I love about Amsterdam. And the people riding their bikes is always impressive and charming. I too recently blogged about the city, come check it out

    http://postcardsfromsomer.blogspot.com/2010/11/amsterdam.html

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  10. Ah, Amsteram. I hope to see that place soon. I really haven't been many places. I had plans with a friend to go to England over the summer, but I'm not sure that will happen now. Next summer? (Crosses fingers and prays.)

    Beautiful photographs.

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  11. Stroopwafels! I have a stockpile of those in my freezer...

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  12. I'm an American living in The Netherlands and the bike thing still amazes me. I've seen people moving giant sofas on two bikes! each one carried part of it and biked at the same speed. They get the children on the bike as soon as they can walk and it's not uncommon to see a mother with a child in front and back while holding two shopping bags in each arm and steering hands free!

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  13. Indeed, the Dutch are born with bicycles by their side :). lovely blog by the way.. and well captured pictures

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  14. Your story is very fascinating I always wondered about how people live in NY and other cities. I cleaned the windows for a guy that lives where I live but he is from NY. He owns the Lucky Strike Bowling alley in NY City, he also is a co owner of the largest pool haul there. He moved back to NY about 6 months ago He move into a small apartment somewhere there he was explaining it to me and showed me a picture of the building. I think it is pretty cool the way people live there. I am sure that he bought the place he is living in I am sure he could do that. I am used to owning a home and live in a small town so I don’t think NY is the place for me but I would like to live there some time.

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  15. you live a very beautiful and inspiring life. thank you for sharing. wish you all the best and that your heart keeps on guiding you down such an illuminated path.

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  16. WOW! How refreshing to run across someone bubbling with such creativity and passion for life! You have created a small song in my heart today. Thank you for blogging about all your micro-adventures and reminding us all what it is to truly be ALIVE!

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