We visit Amsterdam and Trier, Germany.
|Our first day in Amsterdam. Walking towards Westerpark||There was an area of cute little bungalow next to the park|
|This may be the smallest car I've ever seen||A cool automatic restaurant||Houseboats||At the central railroad, there was a piano you could play.||Peter gave it a try||There was a parkour exhibit north of the city||On the ferry||At a climbing wall close to our hotel in Amsterdam||Eric had an angry rash on his neck, that he picked up in Africa. We tried to get antibiotic lotion for it in Amsterdam, but nothing is available OTC. We later learned from Melissa that it probably came from the Nairobi Fly, which is a strange insect that, when crushed on your skin, releases an acid that causes this kind of rash.||Crazy luck - just outside of our hotel in Amsterdam (Amsterdam Teleport Hotel, okay but we won't go there again) Peter found a 5 Euro bill, and Kenny found a 20 Euro bill||Playground at Vondelpark||I love the wading pools they have in Europe.||Amsterdam is VERY crowded this time of year||A few pictures from the Rijksmuseum||Nice dock next to the library, which was unfortunately closed for remodeling. They gave us apples to make up for it.||The line for the Anne Frank museum. We skipped it.||In Trier - we stayed at the Ibis Styles, which was really nice and very central||In the background is the Roman bridge, from the second century AD||The old Roman baths||They were repairnig the cobblestone pavement in the old town, and transported the stones there in these bags||At the Porta Nigra - Roman gate||Good view from the top||There are many more bookstores here than back in the US. I guess Amazon hasn't made as many inroads in the book market||The cathedral||Garden next to the cathedral||The Basilika - built in 310 as a throne hall by Constantine. Now an evangelical church.||A baroque palace right next to the basilika||At the main Roman imperial baths||There were lots of school groups there||We played hide and seek in the subterranean passages. It was nice and cool out of the sun||At the open-air museum Roscheider Hof, not far from Trier. It was huge area, with a mixed up jumble of all kinds of artifacts, almost nobody there except us||There was no attempt to only show a few of any particular item, I think they just showed everything they had. I found it more interesting that way. This was a very small part of the tin soldier display||Old bathtubs||I don't know how this worked, but it was called a Sparautomat -automatic saving machine. Kind of like an early ATM?||"Eigner Herd ist Goldes Wert". Translation - having your own hearth (i.e. home) is worth a great deal||Peter had fun nibbling some wheat from this field||In Germany, some POWs worked at farms instead of being in POW camps||Miele started out not with washing machines, but with butter churns.||At the potato themed restaurant we went to a few times||The kids played soccer in Trier. I told Peter how to say "Can I play too" in German||Unfortunately there was a muddy part of the field||We took a walk along the Roman path near Butzweiler, close to Burg Ramstein||Happy hikers||I couldn't figure out what this was. Maybe some kind of insect trap?||At the old Roman copper mine, which became a quarry||Burg Ramstein||Peter made friends with this goat at the Waldstation||This old hotel that Kelly mentioned is now out of business. There's a sign that says it's being renovated, but it just looks abandoned. Good views, though||There was a political fair just outside our hotel||Karl Marx was born in Trier. It looks like Marx is still a common name in the area||Views from the riverboat tour||At the pizza restaurant, Peter watched the pizza makers so long that that they ended up giving him a chunk of dough that he could make a pizza base with||We took a day trip to Luxembourg. The parking garage had parking places specifically for women.||My favorite part of Luxembourg was walking around the old city walls|