Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Netherlands

We had a quick visit through the Netherlands. Our 90 day visa for the Schengen Agreement countries only had a few days before it expired. We visited Groningen and Amsterdam. We also drove along the coast and through the countryside. Netherlands maybe a small country, but there is a lot to see.

Groningen

Canal view in Groningen

Downtown pedestrian street.


The Gold Office dating from 1635. This building doesn't look its age.


Prinsenhoftuim - A Renaissance style garden laid out in 1625. The garden is surrounded by a hedge.


A view from inside the hedge.

The countryside - Everywhere you go in the Netherlands roads seem to be an after thought. Very nice paved bike paths are always alongside the roads.


Amsterdam 


We had just one day to spend in Amsterdam, so we did a Hop On Hop Off canal cruise. The only way you can see the city is on the canals. It is to crazy to see from the streets. They are packed with people and bikes. 

We camped outside the center of the city and rode the metro into town. At 8:30 in the morning the Red Light District is very quiet.


No one seems to be working the morning shift.


Canal Views



One of the parking lots at Central Station.


A canal tour boat. The canals are packed with all kinds of boats.


EYE Film Institute


View from the canal boat of the Public Library


Walking up to the roof top park on Nemo Science Museum


View from the top of Nemo.


 Rental bike in Amsterdam.
 Canal bridges

Flower market booth


Our last camping spot in the town of Maassluis. We caught a ferry for England the next day.

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