Glimpses of Amsterdam, and then home to Florida.

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. 🙂

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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?

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Can you just hazard a guess as to what is the most popular mode of transport in Amsterdam?

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Ah, here’s one guy who doesn’t seem to have a bike.

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The owner of this one obviously likes to pretty things up a bit, judging by all the colourful flowers on the spokes.

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I think this one must also belongs to a female. 😕

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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.

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You want a coffee? Just ride your bike over to Starbucks.

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Every canal is lined with bicycles.

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Now I have to ‘get on my bike’ and head down to the boarding gate. See you all on the other side. 🙂

 

Jake’s Sunday Post theme “Work” (#2)

Hi again, everyone. I couldn’t resist a second entry for Jake’s Sunday Post theme, “Work.” My first entry, earlier in the week, was a bit sombre, dealing with the plight of workers who have to travel to work in less than safe conditions. Here is are some pics of both people and animals, busy working  away, whilst I was enjoying my holiday.

Firstly we have the Chinese meat delivery in Xian. I had to ask myself how hygienic this method of transport was, considering that ours gets delivered in refrigerated trucks, and this was open to the heat of the midday sun, as well as the flies which abounded there. Much of the goods transport here was done by bicycle. Those delivery workers must have very strong calf muscles.

This second pic was taken in the Medina at Fez in Morocco. This poor donkey was certainly heavily laden, and even had his diaper in place so as not to soil the walkway for us pedestrians. Laughing He and his owner were taking these boxes of Nivea cream to be sold at the market.

Here is my taxi ride to the restaurant one evening in Marrakech. We were taken through the streets in a horse-drawn carriage to Djemaa el Fna Square, which was full of snake-charmers, palm readers and endless market stalls. I have to say that it was a bit smelly along the route, as many horses had been there before us. Surprised The traditional Moroccan dinner was wonderful though.

Here out in the Atlas Mountain town of Oureka, we saw this Moroccan equivalent of the tandem, except that these passengers are sitting side-saddle. This donkey taxi had a double fare, and looked like he wasn’t too happy to have to work so hard.

Here’s wishing you all a very pleasant and enjoyable weekend.