Amsterdam day 4: Sunday 5th April

::Sunday::
Having been up so late the night before, we had a lie in, then Henri directed us in making a delushuz cooked breakfast.  The sun was (mostly out), so we ate on the rooftop patio in the sun.  Absolutely lovely.

Rooftop breakfast!!
Rooftop breakfast!!

 

Defnitely straight lines.  Not level though.
Defnitely straight lines. Not level though.
A canal!
A canal!
::cyclecycle::
::cyclecycle::
The top of the buildings:  the hooks for a rope, so they can lift stuff into the upper stories
The top of the buildings: the hooks for a rope, so they can lift stuff into the upper stories
Church, lined up with all the other buildings
Church, lined up with all the other buildings

Sunday afternoon we headed on the bikes, to a cheese tasting.  We were supplied with the correct wine for each cheese, and we were supplied with several varieties.  We learned to cut it thinly with a little cheese guillotine, and then how to smell and taste like a proper connoisseur.   It was all very yum.

Some are better at cutting things than others
Some are better at cutting things than others
Yay cheese!
Yay cheese!
Wafer thin
Wafer thin
We had to write stuff
We had to write stuff

As part of the cheese tasting, we also got to ride a canal boat, which was a very enjoyable meander through the canals.  The sun even came out a few times, and it was all very pleasant.  The cheese and canal tour all up was 22 euro, which I feel was a pretty good deal, considering the amount of cheese I ate, along with a glass of red and white wine, and a glass of port.

The spire of Westerkerk, a church, built between 1620-1630.  Rembrant was buried here.
The spire of Westerkerk, a church, built between 1620-1630. Rembrant was buried here.
A brdge
A brdge
Different house boats, and glasshouse boats
Different house boats, and glasshouse boats

After the cheese and wine and boats, we wandered back through town, and did Rick Steve’s Audio tour of the Red light district, and right to the start of the town.    I honestly don’t have a lot to write about the day, so here are a bunch of photos of canals, boats, and crooked houses!  It was just very enjoyable and relaxing, biking around, wandering, and the boat trip was definitely fun, a good way to see a lot of the city from a different view.

 

I loved to look out for the crooked buildings:  All straight lines, but  not necessarily level or square
I loved to look out for the crooked buildings: All straight lines, but not necessarily level or square
Bright red shutters
Bright red shutters
Many bridges
Many bridges
Cuddles
Cuddles
All of the bike Parking!
All of the bike Parking!
Obgliatory selfie on a boat in the Amsterdam canals
Obgliatory selfie on a boat in the Amsterdam canals
Centraal Station
Centraal Station
Pitcha
Pitcha

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Under the bridge
Under the bridge
Flat boat
Flat boat

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look!
look!
Science and Technology Museum
Science and Technology Museum
A replica of a 3 masted ship built in the 1700's, that lasted a year before i was destroyed in a storm
A replica of a 3 masted ship built in the 1700’s, that lasted a year before i was destroyed in a storm
Science and Technology Museum
Science and Technology Museum

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Lifty bridge
Lifty bridge

 

"Don't even worry about the gap, just pour a bit of concrete in.."
“Don’t even worry about the gap, just pour a bit of concrete in..”
Very thin buildings
Very thin buildings
Pedaling
Pedaling
Don't fall over
Don’t fall over
Red light district
Red light district
Church
Church
I wonder if the floor slopes inside
I wonder if the floor slopes inside
Very specific cafe
Very specific cafe
5th Best, at least they're honest
5th Best, at least they’re honest

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Melty cheese and potato
Melty cheese and potato

 

Henrietta made us another lovely dinner, mostly cheese and potato, but with a few colourful veges thrown in.  After dinner, we took the cameras out and biked around in the dark, which was actually very fun, if a little chilly.  Did some night photos, and the main thing I realised is that I need a tripod!

 

Night
Night

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Night tulips
Night tulips
Lifty bridge
Lifty bridge
Zoomy boat
Zoomy boat
Night canal
Night canal
Steep staircase
Steep staircase
Special easter eggs.  Acutally boiled eggs, painted pretty.
Special easter eggs. Acutally boiled eggs, painted pretty.

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