As promised, here is the first batch of photos from my trip. This week I'll show you some from the two days we stayed in one of the most civilized and beautiful cities that I have ever been to ....... Amsterdam.

The first thing you should be aware of when walking in and around Amsterdam is to avoid getting hit by the sea of bicycles. Riding a bike is THE way of getting around and no one wears a helmet. Business men wear their suits while riding, women ride all dressed up, elderly folks ride, holding an umbrella while riding is not a trick, it's a necessity. Yup, you can talk on the phone while riding too. I stood there gawking at what I saw and loved every minute of it. Let's not forget carpooling the kids back and forth .....

Love the baskets .... I want the black one for my bike!!!

Then I came upon Riviera Maison ...... drool.

Who knew this existed ???

The architecture is truly amazing!!! All of the buildings are built extremely tall and narrow with really, really steep steps. So steep in fact that they use hooks to move furniture in and out instead of the stairs.

A few more randoms .....

See you next week with some pics of Paris.