After our Ogle(s) history tour in Northumberland, England, a few of us decided since we were so close, we wanted to hop over to Amsterdam in the Netherlands for a few days. Wally’s Arizona cousins had visited before so I wouldn’t have to worry about travel arrangements. They took care of everything and we just went along for the ride – which was REALLY nice! Here are just a few highlights…

ams-jamie in door

ams-ams warehouse, red shutters

The Anne Franks house,

ams-anne frank house

ams-boys on canal boat

ams-canal boat:horse statue

ams - flower mkt vert


Tulip bulbs abound in the famous Flower Market or “Bloemenmarkt”, along the canal in Amsterdam. However, you have to be careful that you buy the bulbs that are specifically packaged with a certificate saying they are for export to the U.S.

ams-flower mkt tulips

ams-flower mkt weed

A coffee shop next to our hotel. I loved the bamboo island decor. Being Amsterdam, they sold more than just coffee.

ams-jim on coffee bar steps

ams-coffee bar

ams-coffee:tiki bar seat

The water taxis are a great way to get around to different parts of the city and to see it too. You can buy a day pass so you can jump off and on to sightsee.

ams-guys in canal boat

ams-jamie, wally, cousins in boat

ams-hotel whole arch

To Wally’s dismay we stumbled upon a huge flea market on our walk. There were a few booths with antiques and collectibles but most was new things such as clothing, fabrics and “stuff”. It was a great place to sample a variety of cheap food at their food tents.

ams-jamie at flea mkt

ams-jamie on canal


Cousin Starr in front of our hotel, the Albus Grand Hotel. It was conveniently located near the Flower Market, shopping district, museums and more.

ams-starr in front of hotel

We sampled quite a bit of Heineken while there…ams-wally & heinekin sign, canal

  ams-wally, cousins on street

ams-wally, tower, vert

Be sure and walk some of the streets in the residential area – it’s quite pretty.

amst- vert man on bike

I discovered several antique and book shops

amst-antique shop


Bikes, bikes, everywhere…

amst-bikes on railing

amst-boat bumper

I caught Wally hanging out with this busty brunette while I was shopping…

amst-wally and pirate chick

amst-wally with gay pride flags

The Rijksmuseum (pictured below) was one of the highlights of our visit. Being able to stand within touching distance to the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer and many other masters is amazing. Besides the art, there is also decorative arts, military collectibles and more – Wally even appreciated it. This needs to be on everyone’s bucket list when they do Amsterdam.

Rijks Museum

Our Amsterdam group – Arizona Ogles cousins Starr, Shawn and Jim

Wally, Jamie & cousins, Amsterdam

ams-hotel top, arch

ams-jamie:wally on street

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