August 5th to 8th , 2013.
Drove into Amsterdam yesterday. We are staying on a canal. The city is not as clean as the other cities we have visited. We have seen the “coffee shops” where they don’t sell coffee, just marijuana. Lots of customers, but mostly tourists. We walked the red-light district, again mostly tourists, and then felt a little guilty for doing so because we felt bad for the women, many of whom are forced into the trade. We enjoyed a tour of the Rijksmuseum, which opened after being closed for refurbishing for 10 years. We saw Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh paintings. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Rita searched out and found the Dutch pancakes, which were the kind she was raised on. Her mother prepared them for breakfast. Rita said the Dutch pancakes are just as good as she remembers her mother’s pancakes. Yes, Rita does like Belgian Waffles, Dutch Pancakes, and Belgian Chocolates, Italian Profiteroles and French Crepes. I think she is on an eating tour of Europe. She knows more about food and restaurants than anyone I ever met.
Below are some of the things we saw on our dinner boat cruise.