Today I am revisiting one of my favorite European excursions ever. Three summers ago, we stayed in Amsterdam for a week. We spent most of the time visiting relatives and sightseeing. Day after day, we discussed whether or not we should take a bike trip into the countryside. My little guy was sick, my middle was ‘not in the mood’ and all my mom could see was danger (no helmets, fast cars…).
My dad and stepmom, thankfully, insisted that no Holland vacation was complete without a bike trip. To this day, we still talk about how it was the best day of our entire European vacation!
Here are some photos from our time in Amsterdam:
We stayed at Mae’s B & B on Herenstraat in the Jordaan district – a lovely place in a great location owned by two cool guys, Ken & Vlad. Here are the sisters on the hotel stoop.
On the way to rent our bikes, and taking the ferry across the canal to our starting point.
Broek in Waterland, the picturesque village where we stopped to have pancakes just north of Amsterdam.
Pannenkoekenhuis (Pancake House) with Bompa, and other vignettes from our stroll through the village.
Our scenic ride back to Amsterdam (the ride back is twice as long…but worth it!)
It took us about 5 hours from door to door. The girls, who were 7 and 10 at the time, were able to make it the whole way. And the little guy was a trooper, fever and all. The bucket in the front of our bike is called a baakfiets, and they are brilliant. I would totally get one for home, but we have hills in Connecticut. There is a reason people bike so much in flat Holland!
If you ever have the chance to visit Amsterdam and go on this bike trip, do it! You will remember it forever.