Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Our travel into the Netherlands required the cruise ship to wind down a river to a berth in Amsterdam.  We were able to see a high speed pontoon boat and several farms and other interesting buildings.  We came in during the early evening and stayed overnight.  Many folks went off the ship to visit the Amsterdam night life, but Karen was tired and my ankles were sore from the walking tour of Lubeck. So we just had a very enjoyable dinner and watched an entertaining show on the ship.  I tried to talk her into visiting the famous "red-light" district of Amsterdam but she would have none of it.  Our tour the next day took us to a 17th century community faithfully restored complete with working windmills.  After the windmill tour we embarked upon a very relaxing steam train ride through the Dutch countryside.  We had a nice lunch of Turkey and potatoes and then shopped at some tourist shops before our bus ride back to the ship.

A clock tower


Red Dutch ships


Swans in our wake


Dutch folks watching our ship


A Dutch ski area


A Dutch farm house


Some modern windmills


A tug boat awaits us


Our grand welcome to the Netherlands


A close up of a modern windmill


Old style working windmills


A restored 17th century Dutch street


More of the 17th century Dutch town


Another view of the street


My bride waiting for me to stop taking her picture


Another windmill


The foot bridge we crossed


Getting closer to the windmill


A Dutch sheep


 The windmill's grinding wheels


The wooden gear teeth


More of the wooden gears


Gears everywhere


A picture of another windmill from a windmill


Nice shadow


The windmill blades were made of cloth


Dutch houses on the riverfront


A modern power plant next to an old  one


The windmill we went inside of


Another fine picture of the Mrs.


Karen makes friends everywhere she goes


Cut-away view of the steam engine


The actual steam engine used for our train ride


We are riding what?


The Dutch have extensive flower farms


A wide angle view of the flower farm


Dutch cattle


Dutch horses


The train as it makes a corner


More horses


The church at the end of our train ride


A Dutch harbor


The hotel we had lunch at


A Dutch seaside street


Tourist shops along the way


A decorated high chair


A Dutch sailing ship, not sailing


More of the harbor


Our tour guide while in the Netherlands


The Hotel we had lunch in, again


She explained the cheese making process


Was I paying attention?

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