Bruce the Wandering Whale’s adventures in Amsterdam

PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

Bruce the Wandering Whale in Amsterdam PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

We arrived in Amsterdam on 19 September – for the main reason for the trip: my niece getting her PhD.

PHOTO supplied -Whaleoil

Amsterdam PHOTO supplied -Whaleoil

Rather than detail each and every day of our stay (three days), the following are the highlights.




Amsterdam is very flat.

Amsterdam has many canals.

Amsterdam has many bridges.

Amsterdam has lots of bicycles – and many of the young Dutch women obviously relish the exercise they get riding their bikes because most are gorgeous and slim and blonde.

Amsterdam has lots of cheese shops.

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Amsterdam cheese shop-supplied Whaleoil

I was surprised by the number of scooters also. Blue rego plate means 50cc, can be ridden in the bike lanes and no helmet required. Yellow rego plate is larger scooters and motorcycles, helmet required.

Also saw a LOT of Teslas being used as taxis…

On the first day, we had breakfast at Winkel 43 which has the best apple pie in the world. I have to admit, it was something else!

My daughter convinced me to walk around so she could shop in the Nine Streets area. Fatal mistake. Several hours later…. The things Dads do for their kids!!!

We didn’t visit the Anne Frank House (although we passed it several times while shopping) – the queues were horrendous and you had to pre-purchase the tickets.

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Anne Frank House PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

We visited the Windmill Brewery  and tasted some nice craft beers, although NZ has equivalents that are just as good. Good food there too. The prices are no longer Eastern Europe prices, with a 300ml beer costing around 3 Euros (NZ$4.50) – still, not a bad price for craft beer….

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Windmill Brewery PHOTO-Supplied Whaleoil

We had pancakes for dinner the same night as we visited the Windmill Brewery – there were 16 of us (mostly family and hangers-on) and most people went with the savoury options, but kids will be kids…. Delicious and very filling!

Amazing bronzes in Rembrandt Square (the characters from his painting “The Night Watch”

The Nights Watch PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

The Night Watch PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

My daughter, Bruce and I planned to take a canal cruise – we booked it, then went and found another pancake place for breakfast.

Bruce thought he was in heaven!

Bruce enjoying a pancake in Amsterdam PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Bruce enjoying a pancake in Amsterdam PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

To be continued…


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