|Bike Parking outside Central Station - A sight to be seen|
Regardless, we made the best of our time and crammed in as much as Hannah would allow ;) *Yes, there are lots of traveling with toddlers and the art of learning to readjust your expectations stories behind that smiling face. Live and learn.
We arrived by train on Friday afternoon, bundled up and ready to experience Amsterdam and all it's glory. The city is beautiful, so much more European than Frankfurt, but then that is not hard to do. We promptly made dinner reservations for the whole weekend - since it was Easter weekend places were bound to be packed and well, Travis doesn't like it when I turn into Betty White because I am hungry!
Next we were off wandering around, in search of the infamous Dutch Pancake. We wandered along a meandering coffee shop filled shopping street taking in all the sights and yes, the pervasive aroma of Mary Jane. So very different than any place we have been. Pancakes were not hard to locate either - YAY!
We crammed in as much as we could on Saturday with the luxury of our wheeled transportation and custom sound effects, thank you Hannah. All in all it wasn't so bad, when the wind stilled. We made it to the floating flower market and cheese store. Must sees.
|Tulips and Flowers and more Tulips|
|More bulbs....creating angst for Spring!|
|Cheese - Gouda my favorite|
*Expectation adjustment #2: It is 8pm and we are sitting in the dark hotel room staring at each other as Hannah sleeps peacefully. OK, reading too and drinking the bottle of wine we picked up, but each thinking and feeling like WOW! here we are in Amsterdam, once in a life time trip, hanging out in the hotel room. Be glad she is sleeping and so peacefully in an unfamiliar place. It could be worse!
Sunday was equally as cold, less windy and significantly sunnier - YAY! We walked everywhere from the north of the city (?) near Central Station to the southern (?) area to Vondel Park, a great big park with a couple nice cafes. Then back again....for Hannah's nap. Although she can sleep in the back pack and did for an hour, a little more rest before dinner seemed ideal.
|The Cheese Museum & Shop|
|The Tulip Museum & Shop|
|Church near Vondel Park|
We really enjoyed walking around the canals and looking at the architecture. There is never a bad time for a coffee and pancake :)