Another day unwinds in Amsterdam at our favorite bar, De Saloon. Made even more our favorite tonight as Prince's Purple Rain started playing shortly after we arrived.
We got up a bit on the early side today....10:30am!! We believe the city doesn't really get going until noon as the streets seem fairly empty until then. We started our day in hopes of touring the Heineken experience, but our dreams were soon crushed as it was closed until sometime in October...boo Heineken. We were directed to "The City", which ended up being just a large gift shop with all things Heineken, including a 78 euro sweatshirt Heather debated buying (ha ha). We tried our best to get our 3 free beers each we were promised on the tour, but to no avail.
We spent the afternoon exploring the outer areas of Amsterdam, and were surprised to find that there really is a normal looking city part to all this Dutch-ness.
Why do they even bother with food in America?!? We found dinner at a small Italian bistro around the corner from the hostel that promised pizza for 4 euros, and since we are on the cheap, we wandered in. How do we describe the fantastic-awesomeness of this food? We ordered a margarita pizza and a pasta with bacon, egg and cheese in a cream sauce, along with the best grape soda in the world...kinda like wine right? The pasta was perfectly cooked, with the rich cream sauce sticking to each piece. The pizza I don't think words can describe, and we aren't even in Italy yet! The cheese tasted like it the cow was hooked up to the restaurant it was so fresh. The wood oven cooked the crust to a perfect crisp texture with a nice smokey flavor from the fire. If this is what Italy is like, we may not come home, and we have a lead on the worlds greatest pizza in Naples.
After cleaning up a bit and recovering from our feast, we left again for a final night in the city on the river Amstel. We walked through the Red Light District one more time, up and down some canals and went to a bar called the Old Nickel, where we tried some more Trappist Monk beers from Holland. Can't wait to find those monks in Belgium! (More to come on that adventure)
We walked up towards the Dam Square and had a drink served by a smart ass waiter, who offered to buy our drinks if we didn't like them, and even informed us that he knew how to make change!! After dark we made one last pass through the Red Light District to see it all lit up, and got caught in a bit of a rainstorm. So a short 30 minute walk in the rain, with a brief stop to buy another cone of the greatest ice cream on the planet at the Australian ice cream shop, here we are back at De Saloon winding down another night for the 3rd time.
H & C
PS to review: TINY TINY cars in Europe, and Thousands and Thousands of bicycles everywhere.... there will be a quiz at the end of the trip so pay attention!