So the day before my husbands birthday he was in Philadelphia working. That day he received a call for the flight to Amsterdam for that evening. Thankfully I was thinking he would get a trip somewhere and decided to pack my bag. I ended up catching the 3:30 flight from Jax headed to Philly. Unfortunately the weather was pretty nasty in Jax and we were delayed for about and hour on the tarmac. Well fortunately the plane took off and I landed in Philly just as the flight was boarding. I walked up to the gate agent and said I was flying non rev to Amsterdam. She said they had no non revs signed up. I showed them my boarding pass and they told me that the system said the flight from Jax was cancelled. I said well I’m here so it wasn’t. They were able to rebook me on the flight. I was quite grateful. My husband was glad I made the flight because I had been texting him before I left Jax about the delays. The flight itself was uneventful. Now we were just in Amsterdam late last year but I do love the city and enjoy going.
When we got to the hotel we did our usual and headed out. Needless to say it was pretty chilly there and thankfully we each had our jackets and I had gloves and a scarf. This picture is near a canal near the hotel.
There are many houseboats on the canals of Amsterdam. Most European houses that
I’ve seen are pretty compact.
Some are a little larger. This one looks like it may have window on the bottom half.
Sometimes they park their bicycles out side of their house boats. Do you see the small bike on the left hand side of the photo.
Sometimes the boats don’t look very good. This one needed someone with a bucket to help it out.
We walked over to the where the I Amsterdam sign is and I thought this was pretty cool. They give you blankets so when you sit outside you can be under a blanket.
They were out ice skating. One of the way kids learn to drive in Amsterdam while sitting in a chair being pushed by someone. Do you see the dad man pushing the child on a chair.
Of course I could not get a clear shot of the I Amsterdam sign. So I settled for one with all the people on it. That man on the left hand side was in the way but since it was his birthday I let him stay in the picture.
We then sat down outside in the cold and had waffles. This one is mine. Yum.
Here I am taking a picture of my waffle
And then eating it.
It was good. While we were eating out waffles it began to snow.
I liked this shot because it looks like the car is on top of the boat. (By the way it just kept snowing)
The cow decided to come out of the window and enjoy the snow.
This is one of my favorite houses. It’s so slim and crooked.
I don’t know what this is but it was pretty weird.
Of course Amsterdam being what it is I could not resist taking this picture. We did walk by come coffee houses but did not go in. You could actually smell the marijuana as you walked by.
Amsterdam is also famous for the Red Light District. We did walk by but it was day time. There were several women in the windows and many of the girls were either talking on their cell phones or what looked like playing games on them. The Klop is what my husband calls the Dutch shoes of course they sell them everywhere.
Here is my husband eating fried mussels. He really enjoyed them. We also had some french fries with mayonnaise.
We were walking around more and then it started to snow again. I mean really now. We walked into a store to get out of the snow and this is what we walked back outside to.
We then walked over to a restaurant and had some coffee.
We then decided we were going to take the train over to my husband Aunt and Uncle’s house in Leiden to get out of the snow. We got our train tickets and hopped on. It was very easy to figure out where we were going. The trains were extremely clean and they also had wi-fi.
This was taken outside the window of the train. I couldn’t catch the windmill because I was facing the wrong way and wan’t prepared and then we never did pass one.
We had dinner at his Aunt and Uncle’s house and then went to his cousins house for coffee. Afterwards we made our way back to the hotel and had quite a walk from the train to the hotel but we got to see the neighborhoods in snow. In the morning we were ready for our flight back home. Here is what we saw outside of our hotel room window.
It was going to be a beautiful day in Amsterdam and we were leaving.
We got to the plane and had uneventful boarding. About halfway through the flight one of the flights came to me and said we were flying over Greenland. This is what it looked like outside of the airplane window.
It was an amazing view I probably took about 100 pictures of this alone. All in all it was a great birthday for my husband. (At least that’s what he told me).
Our next trip was to Barcelona. We spent two days there. I will post these soon.