Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Hicks in Germany Part 3: But We're Actually in Amsterdam Still

I seized a double nap opportunity today to post about the rest of our time in Amsterdam.
We had originally planned on a play date this morning but as soon as our friends arrived Fiona spiked a fever and said her tummy was hurting.
She has been sleeping ever since, the poor girl.
The positive side of this is that I edited and sorted photos like nobody's business this morning.

Our third day in Amsterdam happened to be a Saturday which meant there was a great market open just a few blocks from us.
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One of the {many} things we loved about the Netherlands and Germany was the freshness of the food.
The seafood in particular was delicious.
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The baking was to die for. 
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Jeff agreed.
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And the flowers could be found in abundance.
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 This particular market really had it all.
We were even treated to a latte and some political info by the D66 party.
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 After some walking to areas of town that just need to be witnessed but shall not be named we found a little urban park for the kids to blow off some steam in.
This is in my figuring-out-how-to-actually-use-this-camera-with-a-lot-of-help-from-Jon phase.
I didn't mean to capture the motion blur but ended up liking it.
{Aside: I'm still firmly in that phase.}
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 Can I just say again how unbelievably beautiful this city is.
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 I mean, people get to live on this street.
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We got back to our own temporary home to find that we had left the spare key in the other side of the lock.
Big deal, right?
Right, it was a big deal since it prevented us from unlocking the door.
Luckily our unnaturally chill property manager sauntered over with a locksmith within an hour and our evening of eating all that fresh food and relaxing was saved.
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 I realized after going through my pictures that I took almost no photos of the house.
You'll just have to take my word for it that the stairs were death.
The worst part was that the opening at the top of the stairs was the size of the entire staircase.
So if a child were to accidentally stumble they may not just tumble down the stairs but do a straight drop to the landing.
Luckily nothing of the sort happened and it was an amazing place to stay.
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 Our last day was spent touring the canals by boat with this lovely family.
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Below is one of the few family photos we have from the trip and as hard as it is to believe, was the best of us all.
{Yes, even with Cedric's blank stare, my crow's feet and Jeff looking elsewhere.}
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 It was great to see the beautiful streets of Amsterdam from the canals.
We also saw sights that we may not have otherwise.
Like a close up of this amazing multi-story bike parkade.
Bike Parkade
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As great as it was, by the end of the ride we were happy to get off to escape both the heat and the shusher behind us.
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 This was the end of Amsterdam for us.
Next we're back in Dusseldorf.

**Update: Fiona is officially sick, stomach bug sick.  Here we go again.**


  1. Oh no Fiona, get better soon!

    Alessandra is still missing you guys and asks almost daily when her best friend Fiona is going to come back and sleep in her bed. :)

    1. The feeling is mutual! I can't wait to get those two little munchkins together again! And good news, Fiona has rebounded today as only a toddler could.

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