The Netherlands, The Land of Windmills – Part 2

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands and it is also known as the “Venice of the North” for its canals which divide the city into 90 small islands linked together by 1500 bridges.

Charming canals but I got lost a couple of times because of the confusing canals network and layout of the city.

Canals and bicycles are everywhere in Amsterdam. Cycling is a very popular mean of transportation in Amsterdam with the average Amsterdammer owning 1.5 bicycles! Amsterdam is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

I like this white classic vintage style bicycle with the wicker basket. So chio right?

Pretty transportation to cycle to work everyday in Amsterdam but in Singapore, this type of bicycle is orbiang. Hahah!

The Chinatown in Amsterdam.

Ang moh countries always built a few Chinese restaurants, give it a very cheena name like “Dragon City” in a small stretch of road, and they already want to name the place CHINAtown and call it an “Attraction”. You can’t really find any local chinese staying there to provide the unique identity that allowed the place to be called CHINAtown. Lol!

Dam Square, one of the shopping areas in Amsterdam.

The National Monument in Dam Square to honor all the Dutch individuals who perished in World War II.

View of Dam Square in color sketch mode.

H&M stores are found everywhere in Amsterdam and I think I passed by more than 10 H&M stores. For a moment, I really thought H&M is originated from The Netherlands and not Sweden.

@ Flower Market.

Bright and beautiful flowers.

Lovely pink tulip. If you are visiting The Netherlands in Spring (around March-May), it is a must-visit to the Keukenhof Gardens which is one of the largest tulip gardens in the world.

Photo credits to Keukenhof Holland.

Photo credits to Keukenhof Holland.

Awwwww…SO PRETTY RIGHT? I wish the next time I am back in The Netherlands is the Spring season so that I can take all the beautiful flower photos. 😀

I had lamb chops for dinner at Barbecue Castell Restaurant. I tried the pork ribs in this restaurant before too. They serve one of the BEST pork ribs and lamb chops in the world! Good ambience, good food and good beer! Two thumbs up! Having a great meal is a satisfaction. What more can I ask for? 😀 This gonna be the restaurant that I will bring into Singapore IF I have the $$$. Heehee..

Enjoyed a music performance in the streets before calling it a night…. 😉

The Netherlands, The Land of Windmills – Part 1

Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands 

Holland and windmills are inseparable and a great place to see windmills is Zaanse Schans, a countryside where you can also find clogs and cheese shops.

The way to get to Zaanse Schans is to take bus no 91 from Amsterdam Central Station, approximately an hour bus ride and costs 4 euro for the one-way ticket.

I couldn’t believe what kind of luck I had when the bus broke down at this “ulu” place which was just one stop away from my destination. It was so cold and windy and I was so inadequately dressed!!

WINDMILLS!! Finally reached Zaanse Schans after a long one hour bus ride. Isn’t the windmills so beautiful?! I shall let the pictures to do most of the talking now.

This would be my most satisfied photo! Great timing! What kind of opportunity to have three sheep standing side by side together! I was chasing after the sheep to snap this precious shot. Lovely photo!

Windmills, the icon of Holland.

Love the countryside feel!

Clogs, another Dutch icon.

Clog making process.

Cheese making process.

Freaking fat bla bla white sheep! Lol!

Smoked salmon sandwich for lunch and a nice cup of hot tea to warm myself. A pure enjoyment in such chilling weather…and oops, I was too hungry that I forgot to take picture first. Heehee..

And yes, that’s me. Irene, the little explorer! 😉 

Alright folks, please stay tuned for Part II ya! 😀