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Sorry for taking so long to post again. Things keep piling up at work and just last week I had an endoscopy (more on that later) and am finally getting answers for my stomach pains. But now to escape life a bit and reminisce about beautiful Amsterdam . . .

But hold on one more minute – check out our Ferry ride and our first day in Amsterdam before you keep reading. All caught up? Alright, here we go . . .

The next morning in Amsterdam we decided to walk around and just take in the city. Amsterdam is really easy to walk around and if you get lost the canals are perfect for wandering! Everything is low key and relaxed. Mostly people are sitting at cute restaurants along the canals or leisurely strolling from one place to the next. I personally could not get enough of the architecture. The buildings all sit independently next to each other – with their own character and style but still somehow fitting in perfectly. Everywhere we went in Amsterdam was just peaceful. So come take a walk with me through the city also known as the “Venice of the north” . . .

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DSCN9512By this time we ended up in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam which is supposed to be a great place to grab some coffee or something to eat. We found this great cafe on the corner with seating out into the street. And of course I ordered my favorite goat cheese sandwich!

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DSCN9509DSCN9501After lunch we continued our wanderings. We then found ourselves in the Dam – the town square in Amsterdam:

DSCN9539We then stumbled upon possibly the best beer store we have ever found – and of course Scott was more than thrilled. They even carried the Trappist Westvleteren beer which is extremely rare to get. So you only get one picture of the notable Dam Square, but you get many of the tiny and amazing Bierkoning (Amy and Nick you would love this place)! If you are any kind of beer connoisseur, then this is the place for you . . .

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DSCN9543As we continued to explore, wander, and discover we came upon many alleyways, bikes, outdoor art markets and even the famous flower market . . .

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DSCN9573Was I right or what – if you’re going to get lost anywhere you want it to be in Amsterdam! The evening brought us to a brown cafe. Brown cafes in Amsterdam and small bars/cafes that are usually lit by candlelight, don’t play music, and encourage their customers to talk and debate about all life’s issues. There is no rush to leave and you can always order another round. They are open late into the stillness of the city night. Basically, this kind of place was made for Scott and I. It may sound lame to some, but a brown cafe is our kind of night life! So here I leave you, pondering life, Amsterdam, and the wish to be at a brown cafe . . .

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