Monday, November 7, 2011

Amsterdam .... that's a Wrap!

Well, we arrived home from Amsterdam yesterday (Sunday) and thought we would never get through customs.  No ... not because we were bringing any "illegal" substances back with us (shame on you for thinking such a thing ~smile~)  but that there must have been over 1,000 folks in the custom's line!  (The Professor did an approximate calculation of the number of folks in each line and then the number of lines.  Did I mention he loves numbers?)

We've never encountered such a back-up in any customs like this!  Apparently, several international USAir flights came in at the same time instead of staggered arrivals, as would be normal.  But, nothing one can do but go with the flow.  And we did.

The Professor had Saturday free and we decided to bike to a different location this trip.  And speaking of bikes, I can never get enough of spotting the variety of bikes that exist in Amsterdam. 



Most are just plain like the bike above.



Some have colorful carriers on the back.



And a few are decorated to the max!
I just love photographing them.

But back to our biking story.  Usually we love to bike south of Amsterdam down the Amstel to a town called Ouderkerk.  It's a lovely 7 mile one way journey down one side of the Amstel and then returning on the opposite side.  I've included a few shots from our past spring trip below.








But on this visit, some friends had advised us that there was another beautiful bike ride north of the city that took us to an island.

Well, being a girl who LOVES islands, we had to go explore.  It was about a 15 mile bike ride ...

~ ONE WAY ~  

I was so going to enjoy that beer when we were done!



Here are a few views from our ride.













 Yep, that's me!

Well, that's it for Amsterdam.


Thank you for dropping by while we were away.  
I've missed all of you and can't wait to catch up on 
what you all have been up to.

Happy Monday!




71 comments:

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Such a charming place! I wouldn't make any progress on a bike ride....pedal twice, take a photo, pedal twice, take another photo. Very nice series:-)

Woody said...

The professor and I would get along well, I'm a numbers guy too (Electrical Engineer).

Gorgeous scenery and the bike are very cool. These shows just how close The Netherlands is to sea level.

ladyfi said...

Such gorgeous scenery! What a fabulous trip.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Wow, that was one long bike ride. Gorgeous pics.

Daryl said...

welcome home.. a 15 mile bike ride .. I think you are amazing .. fabulous photos ..

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Wish my knees would let me do that! It looks like such a wonderful country to visit. Welcome home!

TexWisGirl said...

glad you're back home again. customs alone would have worn me out! hope you can get back into the 'norm' soon!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the bikes as well, and the countryside, well what you can say?
Fabulous photos.

Gods Little People said...

Love those bikes - they're terrific. Especially love the flower bike, how uplifting a sight is that?!! Brilliant how you've enhanced the images - very fitting and atmospheric.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Barbara said...

What fun that must have been - looks like you had beautiful weather for it, too!

Ivanhoe said...

Very picturesque! Love all the editing you are applying :) Welcome back home!

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific tour/bike ride you've taken us on -- and a lot easier for me than the "real" bike ride! I would definitely have been ready for a beer, if I could've even managed to get off the bike! Your photos are superb and so colorful! They look like paintings! I'm so glad you had such a lovely visit/trip, Reena! Hope you have great week!

Sylvia

Sheila said...

Your photos are all so beautiful. I love the first few altered photos and wonder how you created them. Amsterdam is a wonderful place to visit and you must have enjoyed those flat bicycle paths so much!

Madi and Mom said...

What lovely pictures. I retired from NC State U...we had numerous graduate students from The Netherlands over the years. The first thing they always asked was where they could rent/buy a bike.
Needless to say riding a bike in NC is nothing like riding one in The Netherlands. It is just plain scary here. I took one grad student shopping for a bike. When we got back to his apt. I tried my best to discourage him from riding around Raleigh on a bike....
they do love their bikes.
Welcome home,
C

Evelyn S. said...

What a beautiful travelogue you've created on your blog! The photos are worthy of a travel magazine....and the narratives are delightful. Did I say I love your photos??

Michael Offutt said...

When people mention Amsterdam I think of hookers and weed.

Mommie Dearest Strikes Again said...

Amsterdam - one of my very favorite cities! I love your photos - very pretty! I was always amazed by the bike "garages" there. So similar to the huge parking garages we have here in the states, but for bikes. Your bike trip sounds like fun...although long!

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beth said...

i have been such a bad commenter lately, that i hadn't even noticed that you were on vacation....and here you are back home.
oh well, i try.
and wow...what a beautiful place you have been and what beautiful photos you have taken !!
xo

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Reena it's a great place to visit. I was only eight years old in 1964 when my parents took us to Holland for a holiday abroad a novelty in those days. I have done the stag weekend trips to Amsterdam since but those early memories are still quite clear in my mind due to my late Fathers slide photos... thanks for reminding me of them xx

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It looks like a splendid place to cycle in, no wonder so many do. Just how long did you have to stand in line for customs? Curious.

Kim, USA said...

Oh my your photos are splendid! Gorgeous!

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Debbie said...

welcome back....can you just stay home now?? i am really getting exhausted!! hahaha

amsterdam is beautiful....i have enjoyed living vicariously through you and your awesome photo's!!

biebkriebels said...

That is quite a distance you cycled all the way to Marken, very sporty. The weather was great at saturday, very warm for the time of the year and no rain.

My Journey With Candida said...

Bet you are a little sad to see this vacation end.... but then. There's no place like home!!

Pat said...

Your tour of Amsterdam has been wonderful! It looks like the BEST place to bicycle.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have so enjoyed your trip photos! Are you sure we've seen them all? heehee! I need to keep riding my bike to stay in shape! This would be a trip I would enjoy! ♥

latebloomerbuds said...

What a marvelous trip Reena! Thank you for sharing so many moments with us. Your photos are amazing and I just can't get over how painterly you make them look. As for the customs line...thank goodness my husband wasn't in it, LOL! That would be the end of international travel for sure! Glad you are home safe and sound. Margie

Nadege, said...

I love the painterly effects on the bikes images. What gorgeous scenery, I would have to get off my bike every minutes to take a shot.

There are so many beautiful places in this world, can't wait to see more of them.

Steve Gravano said...

Great job! I love the top three excellent!

Ellie said...

What a beautiful place to ride your bicyle. Your pictures are wonderful :)

Marcie said...

What gorgeous scenes and images. Looks/sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!!

lisa said...

Welcome home Reena, and I am so glad you had such a wonderful time (other than customs!!).

These photographs are just wonderful. I love the vibrant colors.

Thank you so much for sharing today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

NatureFootstep said...

great shots. :)

I have been to Amsterdam airport several times and seen the country from above. But I have not seen it "on the ground". Strange really. Love your shots. :)

S. Etole said...

wonderful images that take us to a different time ...

{OLIVIA} said...

I have really enjoyed all your photos !!! glad all is well!!

Country Girl said...

Love love love!!! Great photos of a beautiful country. Wonderful bike ride.

Christian said...

Looks like a magical place to go! Beautiful images!

gina said...

Thanks for taking me along on your trip, Reena. What beautiful images you captured. I love the processing!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures, I particularly like the shots of bikes.

Anvilcloud said...

You put quite an arty edge to your photos, and I like that very much.

Cycling in The Netherlands sounds great.

Thanks for the visit.

Ann said...

I just love all those pictures and I'm exhausted just reading about the bike ride :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

That looks like a perfect bike path. The scenery is gorgeous. :)

Anna said...

Thanks for taking us along on this bike ride - we got the easy seat w/ no exercise:) Love all your photos! Beautiful country and your colorful interpretation is perfect!

Kristy said...

I love how colorful your images are! Thanks for visit!

forgetmenot said...

What a great trip! Your photos are excellent- I love the one with the windmill, and the one of the biker in front of those wonderful Amsterdam houses. Customs can be a challenge sometimes--a lesson in patience. Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us. Mickie :)

Ginny said...

Awwww, no more Amsterdam posts??? These shots are just wonderful!!!! I especially love the windmill one. What a long bike ride! Why are there so many bikes?

holdingmoments said...

Enjoyed the views from your bike ride.
15 miles! Wow!

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Hvor er der dog smuk.
Jeg nød turen.
Tak for kigget.

Catherine said...

Such beautiful wonderful things you saw on your trip! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I love the photo below of kitty 'people watching' ~ so cute!

It's nice to be away but isn't it glorious coming home to your own bed??

Have a restful week Reena!

xo Catherine

EG Wow said...

I like how green it still looks there even in November!

Mary said...

Oh, it looks like such a beautiful place, and your photos are wonderful!

Kerri said...

Fun fun fun ..... Except for the customs part!

Amish Stories said...

I think Amsterdam has become one of those places that i need to start paying attention to after this series of post from you. I love the windmills and all of the images that you were able to take for your blog, well done. Richard

Merike said...

Stunning artworks! What filter you used this?

Sandra said...

welcome back to the US of A. glad you had a safe trip. i really think you should create a book of your Amsterdam photos, they are all incredible. the bikes are way cool.

CherryPie said...

That looks like such a wonderful bike ride :-)

Oliag said...

What a wonderful bike ride! Looks absolutely gorgeous! Also looks flat enough that I could give it a try:) Thanks for including us on your fabulous trip!

dona said...

Hi Reena! I do love Holland and I really enjoyed your stories and, above all, your beautiful photos! I also felt in love with the Topaz Simplify effect and now I absolutely must have it! :)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

oh my, those photos are all exceptional!
gorgeous scenes!

i love your stunning photography!!

glad you had a safe trip back home.

Anika said...

Ohhhh, how absolutely beautiful and yes, very charming. I love all your shots but those bike images make such a great collection! Tell me again what you are using to achieve your painterly effect??? Beautiful post...looks like you had a really wonderful time. I want to go!!

AJ said...

Love your photos of Amsterdam...zo mooi!

Friko said...

I am jealous all over again. I love the Netherlands and Amsterdam and I love bicycling. We do a lot of it in North West Europe.
These photos are lovely, I want to go, now!

Barb said...

Hi Reena, As you (might) remember, we are bikers and your photos have us smiling! Such charming byways (and most of them deserted).

Mental P Mama said...

I wanna be your sherpa.

Debi@7Gates said...

How wonderful you are to share your trip with us. The countryside is just beautiful there and you really captured great pictures for us. I know you all had a fantastic time. Glad you arrived home safely.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Gorgeous photos Reena!

Linda R. said...

Oh my goodness.. Your photos are fabulous.. It looks so beautiful there. I had to show them to my hubby. He liked them also. So glad you made it home safely!!

Hugs, Linda

Pieces of Sunshine said...

It all looks too beautiful to be true, delightful!

Kanelstrand said...

Your photos are wonderful! I thought Holland was the country of tulips hehe, but it is of bicycles too, isn't it! I love the rural photos you've taken, they are in great contrast to overcrowded Amsterdam.

I would love it if you consider linking up to my fresh-new-first-ever linky
Through the Looking Glass

It will be an honor to have you!

koh lanta hotels said...

Beautiful. Everything looks so fresh there in Amsterdam. I like those bikes with flowers. Riding them around the city will be fun.