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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Canals, paintings, and tulips

The next day we took a canal tour!
Because when in Amsterdam, you must ride the canals.

Dave found a tour stop close to our AirBnb, and we walked over to wait for our ride...

(the orange shades were Brother's pick from the Amsterdam Zoo ;) )
We ended up having to wait awhile for our boat, and I was proud of how our little globetrotter's handled the passing time...


Dave created different challenges for them at one point...



Pretty proud of this travel buddy as well...

...he handled all of the planning of our Amsterdam days and we got to do SO MUCH because of him!
Finally boarded...




Okay, you have to look really closely at this one; do you see the roofline of the right side looks different at the very end?
That whole section is actually draping for construction!
They were remodeling the outside of that portion, and wanted it to still look presentable during the process...



This girl and her lovies...




It was such a lovely way to view Amsterdam! We really learned a lot as well. The captain would often give information regarding what we were passing by, or about houseboats, canals, and Amsterdam in general over the loudspeaker.

Love these handsome boys of mine...




Heineken!
 




After our canal ride we made our way over to the famous Iamsterdam sign...


...and for some reason, like a total rookie, I'd assumed we'd get a big shot of just the four of us in front of the sign.
I really don't know why I thought that would happen??
So I was a bit disappointed that these were about the best we could get...but, I mean, duh.






...even though we had to share the sign with other tourists, it was still pretty cool =).


Sister didn't care about the picture.
She was just happy there were dogs around.





This one is pretty great!




Next up: the Ruks Musem! 


Dave had been really looking forward to checking this out, and I was looking forward to introducing the kids to the fine art, and giving them an opportunity to watch their dad enjoy something he loves. 


They both did pretty well behaving themselves, for which I was grateful, and the art was so beautiful.
 




































My man in his element...












This boy is such a ham...






















After the museum, we grabbed some lunch and then made our way to Vondel Park!
The largest city park in Amsterdam.



We walked and walked and enjoyed the luscious trees and scenery...




SO GREEN!!!














In Vondelpark there are six different play areas and one really large playground. We made it our mission to see them all!

























Vondelpark was so very pretty...




Our beautiful girl...








Such cool play areas there!






We eventually found our way to this famous climbing tree in the middle of the park...









And, Sister found another dog...






When we finished up seeing Vondelpark, we hopped on the street car and rode to a street fair...





So many tulips...






 By the time we made it back to our place that evening, we were kicked, but extremely thankful for another great day in Amsterdam.