We had a lovely four days in Amsterdam, an effervescent city that never seems to sleep. Our nephew Toby and his beautiful French wife Julie invited us to stay and we took them up on their offer of accommodation, only minutes by tram from the city centre.
Their character-filled 19th Century building has four floors in all; the first is occupied by another couple; the second by an elderly lady, and the third and fourth by Toby and Julie who have almost completed the tasteful renovations of their apartment.
During our stay we visited the sumptuous Royal Palace, the modern National Maritime Museum and the Dutch Resistance Museum, all of which we found fascinating. We walked for kilometres on cobblestones along the canals, avoiding the thousands of bicycles within the city, and we became adept at catching trams which speed along the narrow streets.
We enjoyed a range of cuisines including Italian, English, Argentinian and of course Dutch. Jim renewed his experience with Heineken Beer and we enjoyed a nightly glass or two of French Rosé.
And we so enjoyed spending time with Toby and Julie whilst I practised my French!
One of hundreds of canals
Inside the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace
We had refreshments at one of the hundreds of café pubs
Canals at night
At the Maritime Museum - replica
Inside the Maritime Museum
One of the original world atlases
The Maritime Museum building
Walking around Amsterdam
On the tram
Toby and Julie's local 'takeaway' - delicious home cooked meals
Toby and Julie's building
Inside the Dutch Resistance Museum
Eating Italian for lunch
Toby, Julie, Penny and Jim on the couch in the living room