Netherlands, 2017

Every trip here seems to reveal so many more layers to a wonderful country. From the people to the architecture to the scenery to the food, there's always something new. And honestly, it's the sort of place that you wish more countries would mimic. This time we took a bunch of train rides from Amsterdam to Haarlem, Den Haag, Leiden, and Utrecht visiting an eclectic variety of museums, markets, and shops. Far too many photos to add here.

 Night moves.

Night moves.

 This building used to have a practical purpose for shipping and weighing. Now it's a cafe!

This building used to have a practical purpose for shipping and weighing. Now it's a cafe!

 I thought I'd try my hand at a bit of digital art by adding in more stars, and a nice big moon. Everything else was as shot.

I thought I'd try my hand at a bit of digital art by adding in more stars, and a nice big moon. Everything else was as shot.

 Finally a windmill! We had to go all the way (not far) to Leiden to find one. This probably would look even better in full bloom but we were a month early.

Finally a windmill! We had to go all the way (not far) to Leiden to find one. This probably would look even better in full bloom but we were a month early.

 The burial place of a beloved giant named Cajanus at the church in Haarlem.

The burial place of a beloved giant named Cajanus at the church in Haarlem.

 Streets of Amsterdam.

Streets of Amsterdam.


 Utrecht is quite a place even if we got there too late for a trip up the tower.

Utrecht is quite a place even if we got there too late for a trip up the tower.

 Burn the village? Command or art? Both.

Burn the village? Command or art? Both.

 Okay, so I have a thing for public pianos like here in The Hague.

Okay, so I have a thing for public pianos like here in The Hague.

 Dam Square at night.

Dam Square at night.

 So, I mentioned stroopwafels already but these are right up there too! Try the poffertjes! Don't load them down with toppings. Just take 'em with icing sugar and butter and enjoy.

So, I mentioned stroopwafels already but these are right up there too! Try the poffertjes! Don't load them down with toppings. Just take 'em with icing sugar and butter and enjoy.

 My sister wanted to go on one of these tours. She never made it. But it seems as though 1000s of other tourists do on a daily basis.

My sister wanted to go on one of these tours. She never made it. But it seems as though 1000s of other tourists do on a daily basis.


 Seven Bridges. I tried for this shot the first time in Amsterdam and this perhaps turned out not as good actually. Oh well, third time's a charm!

Seven Bridges. I tried for this shot the first time in Amsterdam and this perhaps turned out not as good actually. Oh well, third time's a charm!

 The Red Light District of Amsterdam Central. It's not quite as seedy as you would expect, and feels very safe for tourists... but it is BUSY.

The Red Light District of Amsterdam Central. It's not quite as seedy as you would expect, and feels very safe for tourists... but it is BUSY.

 The Cathedral of St. Bavo in Haarlem, aka Grote Kerk. It is the burial place of beloved giant Daniel Cajanus with his small friend Jan Paap. 

The Cathedral of St. Bavo in Haarlem, aka Grote Kerk. It is the burial place of beloved giant Daniel Cajanus with his small friend Jan Paap. 

 A tunnel through Rijksmuseum at night.

A tunnel through Rijksmuseum at night.

 There are many, many canals... and they are all gorgeous.

There are many, many canals... and they are all gorgeous.

 Baked goods in Haarlem.

Baked goods in Haarlem.

 Dam Square at night again, from another direction.

Dam Square at night again, from another direction.

 A rare pepe. Obviously I didn't take this photo but here I am next to perhaps my favourite sculpture in the world. He,  Zhdun as he is known in Russia, is a creation of a Dutch artist for the children's hospital . He is patiently waiting in the lobby of a Leiden hospital now.

A rare pepe. Obviously I didn't take this photo but here I am next to perhaps my favourite sculpture in the world. He, Zhdun as he is known in Russia, is a creation of a Dutch artist for the children's hospital. He is patiently waiting in the lobby of a Leiden hospital now.

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