23.12.2014 - 23.12.2014 3 °C
We catch the UTram to the city then a 25min train ride to Amsterdam.
Very busy with lots of tourists and tourist shops until we walked away out of the crowds. Heading along little side streets and canals to get a feel of the living areas - opposed to the busy shopping streets. The three, four and five story houses are all unique in their own little ways, shapes of windows or exterior colours and door shapes, sizes and colours.
We found all the usual places of interest including the red light district. John wasn't interested in sampling the goods although Lynn had to restrain him sampling the bulldog seeds at one of those "special cafes"...I said "special cafes"????? What the......
The Festival of Lights is a big Xmas event so we booked a canal cruise, but unfortunately it took a packed lunch and a gallon of water, and a lot of walking to get to the boat. We now feel we know every little nook, cranny and cobble stone of the big A.
We had a lovely dinner in the upmarket area after the cruise. Lynn had rack of lamb and vegs while John enjoyes a Thai beef salad.
We see one of the biggest bike parking stations...over 3000 bikes can be parked here.
Some other things along the canals give John ideas around micro-economies for Indigenous peoples...we're on a biocultural diversity fact finding mission as well.
We catch a tram back to the Amsterdam train station late tonight...then back in Utrecht we can't find the tram to get home. But what's another couple of kilometres walking to top the day off? Finally, in the rain about 11.30pm we find our local tram. Thank Goodness...but hey it all adds to the experience (so we tell ourselves).