And off we went on the train to Amsterdam. With two minutes to spare we caught our train and settled in for the three hour trip.
Amsterdam in a nutshell:
In more ways than one, bicycles are bigger than cars here!
Everywhere you turned there was a canal which made for water-photo-taking-heaven and a propensity to get lost!
Sally wanted to go to the world's biggest flower auction outside of the city. Sounded cute. When we got there, there was not much cute, but there were TONS of flowers and immaculate coordination. Turns out 60% of the world's cut flowers move through this auction house:
I tried to be cheery but it kind of made me sad to see the delicate precious Flower being so commoditized. Here is one of many bidding rooms: made to hold 500 bidders, virtually all men.
I think that is a woman in the upper right hand corner.
So Sally was all hip to go on to our next attraction - a tulip show. And ole cheery Sara responded with: "I'm not sure I want to go tromping around in a muddy tulip field..." Somehow Sally won me over. The next 19 pictures are all taken from "the muddy tulip field."
A curiously modern and sleek sculpture of tulip bulbs - I like!
Here I am walking on water (photo by Sally Senior)
One of many bronze beech trees we saw there - huge and magnificent.
Just when we thought we were full to the brim with beauty we wandered into a huge hall where they were setting up a lily show! Many lilies were bigger than my hand:
As you can see it was a horrible time tromping through the muddy tulip fields!
Back in Amsterdam we found a building that was narrower than a bicycle!
More water - this time in my favorite shade of periwinkle.
Look at this! It is a permanent monument to Lesbians and Gays!
And here is a permanent information booth for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans people!
Nearby: the Anne Frank House
I was kind of shocked to see how Anne Frank's hiding spot was right in the middle of town with a church nearby. Here is a sunset in its windows.
Very moving and sad to go inside.
Here is where we stayed - right on the second floor!
Wooden clog store:
I saw thousands of bikes while I was there and NOT ONE helmet!
My attempt at a quintessential Amsterdam picture:
One last night shot before we go:
And off we go!
Home sweet Mt. Hood Home: