Sunday, October 3, 2010

Amsterdam!

Fleurise and I are in Amsterdam. If you can find me, I'm on a bridge over a canal, waving.



Fleurise is here for 2 weeks to help celebrate her Uncle E's 50th birthday with her family. I am tagging along for the first week. We're planning on sightseeing for a few days and then heading out to Belgium to check out Bruges. We are staying with her uncle and his partner, Gert, who own a bed and breakfast along Princengracht.

Uncle E and Gert made a welcome sign for us.



The bed and breakfast is very charming, with steep staircases that take you from floor to floor. The B&B looks right out on the canals.

Fleurise and I took a quick nap and then we headed to Vondelpark - the Central Park equivalent of Amsterdam - with Uncle E, Gert, Gert's daughter Leonie, her son Tristan, and their French bulldog, Diana. On the way back, we grabbed one of Fleurise's favorite foods to eat in Amsterdam - croquettes - from these heated vending machines.



We both got veal croquettes. Very crunchy on the outside and savory inside. I was surprised by how well they turned out. Similar machines in East Village don't produce food nearly as tasty. Fleurise was very happy.



We headed back, and as it was still sunny and warm, we all sat outside drinking champagne, playing with Tristan and Diana.





Fleurise and I were excited to be able to play with a baby, espeically one as mellow as Tristan. Diana was pretty mellow, too.



I haven't gotten a good feel yet for Amsterdam, but I have to say that being surrounded by canals and flowing water feels instantly relaxing. Sitting in the sunshine sipping champagne and watching boats and bicyclists go by is a pretty good way to start a vacation.

3 comments:

shelli said...

Awesome! Love reading about your trip and checking out photos already! Looks like a blast. Miss you guys. :)

d said...

Another Diana! Hi, Mabel. Thank you for posting pics of your trip. Your friend and you look very happy. I can't wait to read/hear more about it.

And I'm glad to know that ChungFood is still alive and kickin.

Mabel said...

Hey girls, thanks for reading along! More updates to come!