Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commute Chronicles - Amsterdam - Off the Beaten Path in Plantage and the Great GPS Hunt

I've been to Amsterdam a number of times so my heart quickens just a bit when I have the opportunity to get off the beaten path and see a new part of the city.  I was staying in Rembrandtplein for the business portion of my trip (tourist central!) but my meetings were taking place in Plantage.  Where is that?  It's to the East of Rembrandtplein across the Amstel River.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amsterdam - Stepping Out in Westerpark

I was technically in Amsterdam for a business trip (we had tacked on the weekend for a subsidized mini-vacation...).  Monday arrived and as usual, I got up a little early to make time for a bit of exploration.  Since I was staying in the western part of Amsterdam, I made my way to Westerpark.

Monday, July 21, 2014

An Afternoon Photo Safari and Turkish Dinner in Amsterdam

Back in Amsterdam, we looked into a pub and spotted this barista cat watching over the proceedings.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

North Holland - Hoorn - Westfries Museum

The Westfries Museum resides in a 16th century merchant's home.  Aside from just getting a peek inside a really cool building, it also gives you the chance to see what life was like to be a seafaring trader back in the day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

North Holland - On the Trail of the Explorers 2 - Hoorn

Our next stop was Hoorn, another charming town in the north of Holland known for launching fearless crews during the age of exploration.  We arrived at the train station and after a short walk managed to get our bearings.  Once again, we were surrounded by well-preserved examples of classic Dutch houses.

Friday, July 18, 2014

North Holland - On the Trail of the Explorers in Enkhuizen

We'd been to Amsterdam a few times so we decided to go a bit further afield this time with daytrips to the north.  We boarded a train bound for Enkhuizen, a well preserved port town that would have seen the likes of Abel Tasman (discovered of Tasmania) depart from her shores.  The train station was located right next to a breezy harbor.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amsterdam Eats - Bagels and Beans

Bagels...in Amsterdam?  Who would have thought?...  There are about 20 locations of Bagels and Beans in Amsterdam alone and there was one conveniently located a short walk from our hotel.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photo Safari through the West of Amsterdam

The train from Haarlem dropped us off in the western part of Amsterdam where we'd be staying.  The hotel prices here were much more reasonable than those in the city centre.  We walked a good 20-30 minutes from the train station to our hotel.  It was worth it though to see these amazing oystercatchers along the way.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Haarlem Eats - Lunch, Tea and Cake

Despite the rain, we took a moment to admire the canals running through the center of Haarlem.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Haarlem - Teylers Museum

Teylers Museum is an ideal rainy day destination.  Situated in Haarlem, just a short train ride outside of Amsterdam, it's the oldest museum in the Netherlands.  Teylers Museum features an eclectic mix of exhibits on natural history, history of science, art by the grand masters, and much more.  We were drawn into a series of small interconnected rooms.