Alot of Canals!
02.05.2012 - 02.05.2012 18 °C
After a great brekkie at our BnB, we met our German friends at the train station in Haarlem. A quick trip to Amsterdam, we then decided that a canal tour would be the best way to "get to quickly know the city" Well after a good hour on the tour boat we were hopelessly confused, and no wonder, Amsterdam has more than 100 K of canals. So, we move to trying to conquer the city on foot. Sue wanted to make a pilgrimage back to where she had lived for three months 40 years ago. I was somewhat surprised at how close that was to the red light district. Luckily no one seemed to recognize her. The red light district was somewhat inactive - makes sense given it was 10:30 AM. So, we stopped for a beer at the "Coco Loco", cafe on one of the many plazas. We observed two muscians attempting to get a gig going, only to be promptly chased off by 3 tough looking bouncer types. A bit odd, to us onlookers but made just a bit more sense when said "bouncers" returned with musical instruments and immediately started to serenade the crowd.
We tried to get into the Anne Frank museum but it was too busy so we decided to return to haarlem where we rented bikes and had a great time riding through all of the side streets. We stopped to tour the amazing St Bavo Church, built in the 1400's. After stopping for a great Cappuccino we returned the bikes and went back to our BnB with our German friends. Franz Josef, showed up with a 5 litre keg of delicious Kolsch beer. Of course we all had a snoot full, my glass was very small so poor Dom had to keep filling it...man that was good beer!. Was a bit hard to find the Inddonesian restaurant after that but sobriety prevailed and we had a delicious spicy dinner.
Off to bed for a well deserved rest....to be continued.