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Canals, Bikes (and pot!)

Canals of Amsterdam

Canals of Amsterdam

Keukenhof flowers

Keukenhof flowers

More canals

More canals

Left Cairo - and now understand why the tour guides escort you right through the airport. This morning we left Egypt making our own way through the airport. After experiencing an 'illegal' porter who demanded a tip and a security guy who scanned our luggage and demanded to see inside one of our carefully wrapped ornaments, only to ask for a bribe - we made our way to the plane and flew to Amsterdam unscathed. The Nederlands is the very opposite of the Middle East - clean, quiet, water everywhere and the tingle of bike bells rather than horns, and little traffic. We can see why the Nederlands is called the 'Venice of the north'. Canals and bridges but with bikes, bikes and more bikes! The first day we participated in a bike tour of the countryside which involved negotiating the many bike paths in the city as well as the outskirts. We're SOOOO envious of the bike infrastructure. Absolutely amazing - and so safe. The drivers here are so incredibly courteous. Where there is just a painted bike lane on a country road, there are two bike lines and ONE car lane - and drivers cope!

On the second day we visited Keukenhof - the tulip gardens. Well, unfortunately only a few flowers were out due to the very long winter they have experienced here. The day was saved however when M saw a bicycle hire place set up in the carpark complete with maps that you follow to take in the tulip and daffodil fields. Hired a tandem and a single bike. T wasn't too keen on the tandem, so M risked the marriage and cycled with A. Luckily A is such a strong rider, because even with headwinds, M had a really easy time!

Hotel is centrally located - but unfortunately perhaps too well located - right next to a "coffee shop" complete with pot smoke drifting in the upper levels where our room is located. We've all had some interesting dreams overnight!

Posted by adtamo 10:02 Archived in Netherlands

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