Bussum, Amsterdam, Sun Dec 16 - Day 16

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fiona's Comments:

Crepes for breakfast and more sitting around and talking. I really wanted to go for a walk in the woods and it ended up being just me, Zed and Joachim. The girls went swimming, Nik was on a phone and Mary-Anne and the kids stayed back to get ready for a big family Christmas dinner they were going to.
The plan was for two cars - Mary Anne and kids in one car going to the family dinner and us in the second car with Joachim dropping us at our Amsterdam accommodation. More tears and hugs as we all said our goodbyes to Joachim's family. We think we have convinced them to visit Australia - we hope so. It was too short a time with them and before we left, Mary-Anne gave us a bag of gifts including candles which she said we should light at any time on our travels to celebrate being together on this grand adventure.

Joachim dropped us off at our apartment which is in the Jordaan area - close to everything. He loved it and Bella came charging down after her inspection telling me it was the exactly the kind of place she would like to have when she had her own apartment. The apartment is right on a canal and the owners live in the bottom and second floor (which is their office) when people rent out their upstairs living area.

We had to walk up a very steep flight of stairs into a very roomy kitchen, living and lounge-room area. More steep stairs up to the bedrooms - 3 double bedrooms. Another set of stairs in the laundry led up to a hatch (like a skylight) which we lifted which led onto the roof garden. 
The roof garden overlooked the canal and would be a beautiful spot on a summer evening. The main bedroom at the back of the apartment had anattic style with sloping wall and windows at angles overlooking a sea of very cute Dutch roofs.

We dumped our gear and went for a walk around the area - gorgeous cafes, cobblestone streets and bicycles everywhere. We walked up to more canals, took copious photos and then went into a supermarket to stock up on supplies. Back to our gorgeous apartment, we ate, watched some Smallville and then ventured out into the night following the blue line Map App to Amsterdam's oldest cinema, the Thazinski Cinema which is not far from The Hermitage.

We walked for just over an hour and found the cinema about 10 minutes before SkyFall was due to start. So we went in and watched SkyFall. The Thazinski Theatre is the oldest cinema in Amsterdam and is a very impressive and unique art deco styled building. A real treat to visit the cinema. Taxi home because Sof was exhausted.

Zoran's Comments:

It was a pretty cool apartment and Skyfall was an OK movie as far as Bond movies go.  I enjoyed walking around Amsterdam at night.  It is truly a beautiful city.  It is sometimes called the Venice of the North and one can see why.

We learned later that Amsterdam has something like 800,000 people and over 1 million bicycles which is easy to believe.  Everyone rides bikes there and the canals, the bridges, and the tall and slim buildings abutting one another (some leaning over due to the ground shifting) all conspire to create a city you will never forget.

As I said earlier there are about 800,000 people and it seemed to me that 85% of that population are beautiful young women aged between 20 and 30 looking very serious as they navigate their bicycles over the bridges.  If you are young and single, get yourself to Amsterdam.
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Celia Ready on

Yes I agree Zed, Amsterdam is an awesome place, even more so at night. We couldn't believe the amount of bicycles. Had to be careful when not to be bowled over by the riders. They didn't seem to stop for pedestrians when we were touring. :)

joachim kaarsgaren on


What a lovely report you have written on your stay with us in Bussum.
It was great indeed! You have a lovely family and what a priviledge to have you guys at our place! and how special it is to travel togehter for such a long time! a lifetime experience! well done and all the best!! Enjoy the rest of your trip! big hugs and kisses to you guys!

Celia Ready on

Hi Joachim would love to see some photos of this gorgeous home of yours. It sounds absolutely amazing. Could you email me some photos please. I am one of Fionas friends. We go back a long way. Due to our mothers being great friends. :)

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