Monday, June 24, 2013

Visiting Amsterdam

We knew that Amsterdam would be a bit of a hot destination for friends and family than Düsseldorf. But we didn't know it would be this popular. In 7 weeks we have had 19 visitors (9 different groups) visiting from 5 different countries!! WOW!

It has been great to move to a new place and see so many friendly and familiar faces. Some, like my cousin, I had not seen in 4+ years. I also got to meet her fabulous new husband of less than 2 weeks!

Simon has also gotten reacquainted with old friends from Germany.
Tyler and Simon catching bubbles.
Rita reading to her captivated audience.
We got a visit from the Mevvinsky's. We lived in Louisville and Dallas at the same time as them. They currently live in Moscow, Russia.
Indonesian rijsttafel with the Mezvinsky's.
Farfar and Farmor came for a long weekend, and Simon ate a lot of bacon pancakes!
A visit from Farmor and Farfar!
Emilie Hitch made a quick stop in Amsterdam while cruising around port cities in Europe for a few months. Visitors offer the perfect excuse to get out and explore your city. We got to see the brilliant tulips at Keukenhof just before it closed for the season. Thanks to an exceptionally cold and late spring, they were were still stunning.

Tulips at Keukenhof with E Hitch
My faves
And last weekend was our super-mega-visitor weekend, with American friends visiting from Boston and Swedish friends visiting from Stockholm and Oslo. There were people EVERYWHERE in our flat, but it worked out brilliantly. We rented a boat on Saturday after a rainy morning and enjoyed some sunshine, pizza, and beer on the water. It really is the best way to experience this city!
Boating, eating, and drinking. This is Amsterdam!
And this doesn't include some day visitors that we had. We spent a day with Ely, his daughter and grandson checking out the Rijksmuseum and taking a canal cruise.

I even ran into my sister's mother-in-law at the Rijksmuseum. Lovely to see you, Diane!

Visitors have also given us a great excuse to get out and explore our great city. We have eaten lots of pancakes and Indonesian food, checked out a few museums, wandered countless charming streets in de Pijp or the Jordaan, rented boats, seen the tulips and countless other things that we may not have done had we had such great company to do it with.

Thinking of visiting us? Better book soon!

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