My blog is strictly a hobby. Nothing commercial on it as I haven’t got the time nor need to deal with advertisements or sponsors. With this post I am going to make one exception. For my husband Ron, the man who takes the best pictures of me for this blog and finds the best backgrounds. That is fair, don’t you think? A little barter deal? Holiday pictures next week.
Ron has a small business in the summer, cruising Amsterdam by boat with paying clients. He also teaches them how to manoevre the motor boat and let his clients steer. Of course only if they want to. Children are always eager to steer the boat, but he has had some keen and even quite good adult co-captains as well. You can read all the information, prices and way to reserve a tour on his website: www.amsterdamboatcompany.com
You are about to see many photos of a boat tour we went on last weekend. This time not with paying guests but with friends. It will give you an idea.
Usually Ron picks his guests up from a jetty in the centre of Amsterdam. There are several jetties he can use. Our friends came to the marina as that was on their way from home.
Below: the whole family came aboard.
First I will introduce you to the family, the star players in this story.
Below: Lisette made a head-to-toe photo of me next to the boat. The idea behind the hat was to be cooler (hot weather that day). That doesn’t work for me. It was hotter with than without the hat.
Below: Lisette’s husband Erik
Below: and their two sons.
Below: over to captain Ron who is preparing our departure from the marina.
Another reason to pick up clients from a jetty in the city (apart from convenience) is the trip from the marina to the centre of town. That takes quite a while and isn’t that interesting.
Below: the wide, boring canal we go through from the marina to town. I am still wearing the hat.
Below: what you do get just outside Amsterdam, is modern architecture. Like this bridge.
Below: we headed towards a billabong (funny word) with houses which were custom-made. Unusual for a city in The Netherlands. Most of the houses here have a pontoon, a raft, serving as a terrace and a jetty.
Below: like this one.
We left at noon, so soon it was time to lunch. I had been clever and had asked our friends to bring their own food. I know… very tight and very Dutch. Nevertheless, I was redeemed from thinking what to get, shopping, etc. I don’t only hate cooking (did you know that about me?), I also hate anything to do with catering and events.
Below: our friends brought loads of nice stuff with them. We could also have opted to moor and have lunch ashore of course, but our time and theirs was limited.
Below: thank you Lisette. Good shot.
Below: first we passed the zoo. Being on the water, outside the zoo, means you don’t get to see much, but it is free haha. Giraffes.
Below: and zebras. The boys were excited.
Below: in town but on the outskirts.
Below: we passed the warehouses, now converted into houses. Where I saw this man taking off his shirt as we passed. Men with naked upper bodies seem to be a theme these days haha. (For those who don’t understand this: see my post of last week).
My impulses got the better of me… I started cheering (very loud) and shouting: “Go on!! More, more!! Strip some more! I am taking pictures!!”
Below: Daddy didn’t mind. Daddy was actually quite amused.
Below: behind the museum, the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam. You can see the inside of the ship in my blogpost see here.
Below: across the water, opposite the East Indiaman Amsterdam, is science museum Nemo , built like a ship. A terrific museum. For kids but also for grown-ups. With many experiments to perform yourself.
Below: we were “Love Boat” for a moment (for those who remember the seventies).
Below: some of the crockery is specially made for the boat. With its name: ‘t Meindert (Meindert was the name of my father; he christened the ship).
We remained in quite open water as the boys had some wishes, like seeing a real (very old and battered) submarine. This is another side of Amsterdam, you don’t see often. If you want to see more of the canals in the centre, you have to either scroll down a bit or go to my blogpost about a boat trip with Kirk and Anne last year.
Below: this big building is the Amsterdam Toren (Amsterdam Tower). It hosts a.o. a hotel, a spectacular observation post over Amsterdam, and several cool bars and restaurants. Open 24/7. One restaurant is revolving.
They also have a breathtaking surprise… see those red stripes right at the top???
Below: those “stripes”are swings and they go OVER THE EDGE. Frightening!
Below: we were back in the IJ (the port of Amsterdam). And saw this huge cruise ship.
Below: the boyes wanted a photo with the cruise ship in the background.
Below: and so did mum.
Below: we arrived at the submarine. One which will never dive again. Totally corroded. The boys didn’t even recognise it as a submarine.
Below: a “botel”. There are even rooms in the letters. With a view of the old submarine.
Below: the boat has a wheel down below and one on deck. Look at his proud face.
Below: don’t think that there is any danger… Captain Ron is in control with the on-deck wheel.
Below: of course both boys got their chance to steer the ship.
Below: in the meantime we were at Prinseneiland (Isle of the princes), a secluded and very lovely part of Amsterdam. Especially nice to view from the water.
Below: I was wondering whether this gentleman would dive into the water. And if so, how would he get back? (I know… another half naked man. Karma!)
Below: bridges, lovely houses, boats… the works.
Below: on our way to the canals in the centre of the city, we passed this modern building. See how clever the architect was? When you close the shutters, they form a solid wall.
Below: bridge and canal in the centre.
Below: it was a very sunny Sunday and it had been beautiful weather for weeks. Which means it is crowded on the main canals. No problem for Ron as he is very experienced (and has all the diplomas). He can handle the boat as if it was a car and believe me, it is NOT, far from it.
Below: Amsterdam offers a lot of things like great scenery, entertainment, beautiful houses, bicyles (everywhere) and… terraces (also everywhere).
Below: typically Amsterdam roofs/facades.
Below: the famous Westertoren. The crown on top of the church tower is the imperial crown of Austria, donated by emporer Maximilian II to the town of Amsterdam. If you want to read more: here is a link.
Below: just in case you cannot be bothered to click the links, here are three sample photos….