Our Suburban Traveler

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hi kids – I thought I’d share some pix from my recent travels with you. I went to Amsterdam for work – yes…Amsterdam…as in The Netherlands. I promise you the experience was far less glamorous than it sounds – but I was grateful to be able to go nonetheless.

I was shocked to discover that they force you to wear wooden shoes there,


but I quickly adjusted once I found out there were at least more size appropriate options (I know…I’m hilarious) :).


But seriously, Amsterdam is a seriously gorgeous city. Here are a few pix for your viewing pleasure. Isn’t the architecture amazing?!

Amsterdam 1


I had a free day the last day I was there, and I was able to get out to the countryside where I saw some seriously fantastic windmills. Like…seriously.




Aww, see the ducks?


And I knew only YOU would appreciate the beautiful of this bicycle. The lettering, the basket, it’s state of casual repose….Perfection.



(that’s goodbye in Dutch – although I’m not saying “goodbye” goodbye…just “until next time”)

19 Suburbanites Said:

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

How fun! And you ARE hilarious. Like...seriously ;) :) :). BTW, did you find some way to smuggle back that bicycle in your suitcase? It's gorgeous!

Centsational Girl said...

AnNicole !!!!! So nice to hear from you! I was in Amsterdam ten years ago, I found those canals to be more charming than Venice. I would ride my bicycle around for hours. Isn't their chocolate divine ? I must say, it's better than the shoes *wink*.
Can't wait to hear more from you.


Diane at Perfectly Imperfect Life said...

Such a pretty city! I'd love to live there. Think I'll, at least, have to start working on my family for a vacation there.

Lettered Cottage said...

LOVED this post!
And I can't believe you went to Amsterdam without telling us!
(kidding) :-)

My mom's side of the family is Dutch, so I hope to get there some day too!


Marianne@Songbird said...

Yep we all walk around in wooden shoes over here and live in windmills.
Oh and btw vaarwel means farewell and isn't used in normal day language. So I say 'tot ziens' to you!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Welcome home. How totally glamorous your travels sound. My job only takes me to and from the grocery store (haha! - stay at home mom ---bad joke!)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Love the bicycle! I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam and hope to do just that some day. It really does look beautiful.

~ Tracy

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

I loved your history lesson! The pics are so nice. I want your job!!!

Creamy White said...

How lovely! It sounds you had a good time there! Good for you!!
Li :-)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Good to hear from you. Love the bicycle, and what a great opportunity to visit a place you might not be able to go otherwise. Beautiful old buildings and windmills. Jackie

gracefulvintage said...

Love Amsterdam, one of my favorite places!
I was worried about you since your last post a whole month ago. I have learned so much from subscribing to your blog, you are a very talented and generous person, I'M GLAD YOUR BACK!!!

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Heidi said...

Missed you & your blogs, AnNicole! Glad to see this update and your beautiful pictures from Amsterdam. It's on my list of places I'd like to visit.

jayayceeblog said...

Well, I can add Amsterdam to my list of places to go now. Looks like a fun trip!

Rachel said...

I was just thinking this evening about your blog and wondering how you were doing cause I hadn't seen a post in awhile. And then you popped up with my 'next' button! Glad you had a good trip and it looks like fun.

Sarah said...

Amsterdam looks so beautiful. I've been there a few times on really long layovers. I've seen lots of wooden shoes but never seen the countryside. I would love to see it. And I will also agree that European chocolate is divine.

Lucky you for getting to visit for work. How fun!

Melanie said...

Glad you are back! We have missed you:) Love the photos.

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