Today I’m at Heathrow airport, as we are flying back to our home in Florida. We’ve had a wonderful month, what with Mom-in-law’s 100th birthday celebrations, a week’s visit to beautiful Cornwall, and the fabulous Rhine cruise last week. On Sunday, we docked in Amsterdam, and had a couple of hours before our flight to England, so took a short walk around some of the streets of Amsterdam. I bet you can’t possibly guess what I saw there. 🙂
Whilst dodging the ‘flying’ cyclists who don’t slow down or stop for anyone, I saw even more bikes. Can you see the hundreds more stacked up across the canal?
Can you just hazard a guess as to what is the most popular mode of transport in Amsterdam?
Ah, here’s one guy who doesn’t seem to have a bike.
The owner of this one obviously likes to pretty things up a bit, judging by all the colourful flowers on the spokes.
I think this one must also belongs to a female. 😕
Many workers travel to work by train, but as you can see, they leave their bikes outside the station. I wonder how they identify their own bike out of this lot.
You want a coffee? Just ride your bike over to Starbucks.
Every canal is lined with bicycles.
Now I have to ‘get on my bike’ and head down to the boarding gate. See you all on the other side. 🙂
Hi AD, glad your enjoyed Amsterdam. My last visit there quite some time ago, they had a problem of thousands of unclaimed bikes rusting just outside the station. Seems that people would just chain their bike to a bike that was already there and when they came back they couldnt get to their bike as someone had chained their bike with another! So they just left it and went off a bought another bike. The city council finally had to remove thousands of bikes which were never claimed.
Hope you enjoy Florida.
Just got back from a great break down in Mtunzini. Saw plenty of birds while camping there.
That sounds really strange. Have they never heard of wire cutters? If someone had chained their bike to mine, I would just take both bikes. 🙂
Driving in the Netherlands was different as you had to look out for autos, bikes and pedestrians. Loved the time I spent there.
Even being a pedestrian in Amsterdam is quite scary, with all those bicycles whizzing around. 🙂
I don’t see any expensive bikes, but then, I wouldn’t leave one lying around just in case 🙂
No, they all looked pretty beaten up. 🙂
That’s another thing I like about Holland AD. The fact that mostly everyone rides around on bikes. So much better for the environment, don’t you think? And it’s healthy as well. I won’t mind at all to go and stay there. 😀
Great shots hon. Have fun and thanks for sharing. *big hugs*
Thanks, Sonel. I’m sure you would be a very considerate cyclist. 🙂 Hugs to you.
This is amazing – and very in iron,e tally sound.
I love the man without the bike. That made me laugh.
Safe trip… G
Thanks, Gemma. That man looks quite lost without a bike. 🙂
That was a lot of bicykles … I didn´t know that bikes were so popular in the Netherlands … // Maria 🙂
Yes, it does seem to be the most popular mode of transport, Maria. 🙂
I think Amsterdam has a higher proportion of bikes to people!
I’m sure every person has one as soon as they’re old enough to ride.
Holy bikes Batman!
Far too many Amster-(naughty word) cyclists, if you ask me! Mind you, imagine if every one of those was a minibus taxi … *shudder*
A very scary thought indeed, Col. 😯
Wish our streets were safer for bikes. Great way to stay in shape. We do have bike lanes along the coast highway and a lot of folks travel that way. Great way to feel the total experience of our wonderful scenics, but there are still the idiots who show no consideration for those traveling in a more sensible fashion. 😦
I think all cities should have bike lanes, Gunta. I would never ride a bike in South Africa; the roads are far too dangerous.
I’d be totally out of place in this city- I can’t ride a bike! Calamity 🙂
I’m sure you’d soon learn, Jo. 🙂
Such a fun city & great post!!!
Thanks, Cindy. 🙂
Hope you had at least one space cake between all the bikes AD!
Safe journey – see you on the other side 😉
No we didn’t, but the smell of them was wafting around us as we walked. 🙂
Wow! That is a lot of bikes!
Yes it is, Phil. Home safe. 🙂
I venture to say that they must be a rather healthy lot, biking and walking like they do.
I imagine so, LuAnn, and then there’s all that rain which is good for the skin and hair. 🙂
Your pictures brought back very recent memories 🙂
I’m sure you enjoyed your time there too. 🙂
Yes, that sums up Amsterdam and Holland for me ! Loved seeing parents with little ones in trailers or in ‘boxes’ on the front along the cycleways off to kindergarten 🙂
Bikes rule the roads we found .. BB got knocked over by one and ended up with his head breaking a plate glass window -yes really- of a Persian Carpet shop in The Hague . No long term damage Lol
Enjoy your return home AD 🙂
Oh, that doesn’t sound very pleasant at all, but if you have to do something like that, best do it in style. 😀 I’m so glad he wasn’t injured, as it would be such a shame to get blood on those expensive carpets.
*giggle too darn right …
Amsterdam was is truly a one-of-a-kind city. Such a beautiful city and its people are very kind. Seeing those bicycles on the move for the first time is an eye opener, that’s for sure, but they do add to the city’s charm. Too bad you could only spend a few hours there. I hope you can get back there one day.
Thanks so much. Yes, I hope so too. 🙂
I saw a lot of bikes when I was in Amsterdam. Did you see any? I hope you didn’t miss the abundance of bikes there.
Haha. How could one miss the bikes in Amsterdam? 😀
We loved Amsterdam …. have a safe journey!
Thanks so much, Frank. We made it back. 🙂
Hooray! … and welcome back to the US …. well, assuming I recall your itinerary.
Hello Sylvia, now that is a heap of bikes. Lol Your holiday is sounding fabulous!!
Have fun and I’m sending you a huge hug! Paula xxxx
Thanks so much, Paula. I’m back home in Florida now. It’s also very flat, so maybe I should get myself a bike. 🙂 Hugs to you too. xx
Haha! Maybe. Lol
Your holiday looked like so much fun. xxx
so inspiring to see the cyclists of Amsterdam … imagine the good for the planet if all cities were like that (flat and full of bikes, not cars!) … we loved it when we were there …. great fun post ad!
Thanks so much, Christine. It would certainly make a huge difference.
IT’S AN INVASION!!!!
I think that is very good way of short distance transportation with not much for carrying around the city. Good exercise and low cost.
Definitely so. 🙂
LOL. It’s impossible to visit Amsterdam without taking lots of pictures of bicycles, isn’t it? I’ll tell you one thing: you won’t see a tangle of bikes like that in Cincinnati! You’d be lucky to spot even one.
Yes, those bikes are just everywhere in Amsterdam. 🙂 I’ve never been to Cincinnati, but I’ll take your word for it. 🙂
I should live in this country 🙂 I love bikes…. Thank you dear AD, love, nia
I can just imagine you riding a bike, Nia. xx
Looks like pure,unauldterated Heaven to me 😀
Well, I thought you might at least throw in a little “AWESOME”, Steve. 🙂
Couldn’t resist 😛
I love that Amsterdam is safe for cyclists. While I was there I even saw an entire family riding on one bike.
Yes, it’s really healthy to be able to cycle everywhere in safety. Not many cities have the same facilities.
Amazing how different cultures are. Can you envision bicycles on Jo’burg or LA, AD? Not a chance!
This reminded me of a Top Gear Special where the guys went to Vietnam. Because of the war cars have only been introduced their a relative short time ago and the costs are astronomical, thus the most popular mode of transport is the motorbike. Small 50 -125 cc things. The country is choka! Like Holland and its bicycles but noisier and a bizillion times more polluted.
One brand of bike (Honda?) has sold more units that the top five motor car brands altogether, around 60 million.
Have a safe flight.
Thanks, Ark. Back in Florida now. No, Jo’burg is definitely not bike friendly at all. 60 million Honda bikes is quite a scary thought. 😯
And if your bike is gone from the place you last left it you just take the next one down the line. And so, obviously, does everyone else. Is that what the mean by Recycling?
Hahaha You really made me chuckle. :$
The fastest mode of transport in the city. More bikes than tulips, I think.
When I arrived in Holland in 1972 I bought two things on my first day: a bicycle and a raincoat 😉
See you on the other side.
Yes, the raincoat would be absolutely essential. 🙂
The problem with all the bicycles is that you can’t hear them coming up behind you. Friends of our from the UK just spent the weekend in Amsterdam and now after seeing all your pics I would really like to visit this fabulous city again – sigh!
I wish I’d had more time to explore and also meet up with some of my Dutch relatives.
It’ll be nice to have you back home in Florida but I’m sure you enjoyed your holiday tremendously! I enjoyed your post today and wanted to add that with all those bikes, you have to get creative and make yours stand out from the crowd so you can identify it easily. The girl with the flowered basket on the handlebars and flowered carrying pouch on the back has it down to a science! Safe travels home girl!
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