Spirits were high as we set off from Hull on the overnight ferry to The Netherlands. You might remember our trip to Bruges a year or so ago where we traveled through snow. This time it was gloomy rain. P&O do two trips to the Netherlands: one to Rotterdam and one to Amsterdam. Both arrive at Europoort which is officially the Port of Rotterdam. It's 25 miles to the centre of Rotterdam from the port and just under 70 miles to Amsterdam. It took us 1 hour and 20 minutes on the coach P&O laid on for us. By the time we arrived I was climbing the walls desperate to get exploring!
You know that I'm always on a lookout for ukuleles. Here's one I spotted in Subway of all places. And no, I really, really, really didn't want to spend any time at all in Subway... I have kids... that it all!
I did actually spot a Ukulele shop on my travels called Uke Boutique near the Leidseplein. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts to "accidentally" drop in before heading home, I simply ran out of time. Well, that's a good excuse for a return trip if ever I heard one!
A loved the architecture or Amsterdam. If I'm not mistaken, this is a snap of a lintel above a door of the Westerkerk. What's not to love about cherubs and skulls?
This is a picture from the back of a sculpture made by Bert van Loo. It sits outside the Instituut voor Taxonomische Zoölogie on Mauritskade.
Here's a wonderfully restored stone carving I found of a golden axe on Sint Luciensteeg : "D VERGULDE STEEKBYL".
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~ Vincent Van Gogh
I am still working on the final draft of The Black Pirate. The artwork is improving and I hope to have something I'm proud to publish soon. It seems that everywhere I look there are reminders of this project lingering.
Do you remember the Stray Cats? Look what's hanging on the wall outside the men's toilets in the Hard Rock cafe! Slim Jim Phantom!
I love the Hard Rock Cafe!
Here's some more Black Pirate mashup. This time I've pinched a picture I saw hanging in the P&O terminal as the basis of some cowboy fun. This is definitely how it happened!
It struck me that this street had a very Victorian look to it with the trees and tram-lines. Plantage Middenlaan runs down the western side of Amsterdam Zoo: Natura Artis Magistra.
I could go on and on, but I won't. Let's end here with plane tracks over Dutch skies. What a fantastic little adventure!