Last weekend the weather was so darn* good here in Holland, it pretty much felt like summer. Nowhere in all of Europe it was hotter than in our lovely little country. Ha! Crazy right?! Anyway, even though I love me some “hot town, summer in the city” we decided it was time to get out and explore Amsterdam’s backyard: the wonderful Waterland. Especially with the extra days off we had plenty of time to grab our bike and get lost in nature.
“Amsterdam is a wonderful city to leave and to arrive in” – Simon Carmiggelt
From our home next to Amsterdam CS it only takes a short ferry ride and barely 5 minutes on your bike to feel so extremely far away from the city and its hustle and bustle. And even though we slept at our own home each night, we both felt like we were on a mini vacation. We fell even more in love with the cute houses in Nieuwendam, had a nice family picnic in front of the little white church in Schellingwoude, biked 35 km all the way to Durgerdam and Uitdam across the dyke, and said hello to many many cows and sheep along the way. And to top it all off, we paddled 15 km in a canoe from lovely Broek in Waterland to a delightful tea garden in Overleek for an amazing lunch, and all the way back crossing Monnickendam and tiny Zuiderwoude. Seriously people, it was the best. So to all my Dutchies (and heck*, non-Dutchies too): get out here ASAP! Check out these snapshots to see what I mean. You’re welcome.
* Yes, I watch too much Nashville and listen to too much country music #sorrynotsorry.