Our first day was relatively busy, we decided to slow the pace today. Left home about mid day, for a stroll along Centraal Station into the busy shopping streets. The sun was out on this crisp winter day and as usual in a beautiful city like Amsterdam, there were tourist enjoying the scenery and taking pictures and so was I. After a couple of hours walking, we randomly decided to travel the Dutch way… who can guess??!
Of course, we cycled! We located a nearby bike rental company Yellow Bikes http://www.yellowbike.nl/en/bike-rental/ and for €12 we hired a bike for the entire day- what a bargain!
As a child, growing up in my home town Port-Harcourt (Eastern Nigeria), my parents would send us on errands with our bikes and off I went not looking back- my poor siblings toddled along adjusting their bike seats trying to get the right balance and catch up- I love cycling as you may have gathered.
We asked for a map as one does in a new city and off we went on our little adventure through corner streets aiming for VondelPark. Although, I must say there were a few detours enroute. We came to a small square for chess lovers nearby on Max Euweplein Centrum, we parked our bikes and watched this unique way of playing chess.
Sadly, we couldn’t stay long as the mission was to arrive Vondelpark in time to enjoy the Park while the sun was still out in winter February.
As we walked along the Park, I couldn’t resist this beautiful lake- so tranquil.
A hideaway place to spend alone or with someone away from the busyness of life and the city.
We spent a couple of hours in the park just enjoying the scenery and taking photos to share with you of course.
Don’t know about you, but am most alive around nature and creation. I always feel recharged after a few hours by the sea or at a park…. hmm, wonder why?! (we shall explore this further in other blogs as we journey together-stay tuned).
After a few hours at the park, sadly- it was time to return the bikes as the saying goes “All good things must come to an end”.
We cycled through some of the most expensive streets in Amsterdam with elegant buildings- ah, I love this city!
By this time as you’d imagine with me, I was hungry. We hurriedly returned our bikes and headed off to a seafood restaurant.
I grew up eating seafood, but never had these selections in a platter! I was excited and intrigued at the assortment we had- all for a whooping €75, visit http://www.theseafoodbar.com/en/ Amsterdam Oud-Zuid for some when you’re in Amsterdam- not to be missed!
There is no seafood without a glass of wine- I’m sure you agree 🙂 Stay tuned for Holland ’17 – Part 3 (The Final)