Amsterdam

We began our trip in Amsterdam – the city of canals, bicycles, cheese, wooden shoes and very tall people.

Canals in AmsterdamAmsterdam has 165 canals with a combined length of more than 100 km.

canalFor some living by the canals is not enough – Amsterdam has about 2500 houseboats.

Am I a boat or am I a house?

I live in a house by on the river.

Amsterdam is extremely bicycle friendly and the best way to see the city is by bike. There are clearly marked bicycle paths everywhere – Oslo has a lot to learn from Amsterdam.

Our best friends in Amsterdam

Our best friends in Amsterdam

Amsterdam was a host city for the 1928 Summer Olympics and of course we had to visit the Olympic Stadium. The stadium is still in use and will host the 2016 European Athletics Championships and the 2014 Dutch national championships in speed skating (Allround and Sprint).

The Stadium is a popular tourist attraction and many creatures largen and small come to see it

The Stadium is a popular tourist attraction and many creatures large and small come to see it.

Amsterdam is a lovely city and Amsterdammers are friendly and relaxed, but they seem to have a bit of a problem with colors.

Has somebody been drinking too much Heineken?

Has somebody been drinking too much Heineken?

IMG_5242Finally, the sun set over the canals…

sunsetSwans…and it was time to go to sleep.

sleepGoodnight!

 

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