After living here for almost 3 years, we finally made it to Amsterdam. It is one of the closer cities to us, but we’ve just put it off for whatever reason. I wish we would have gone sooner. It is such a progressive, unique city and definitely a nice change of pace for our travels.
Narrow little buildings stacked together leaning this way and that, more bikes than cars, a wonderland of canals lined with trees and townhouses, cozy cafes on every corner, a rich and stately history – the city is bursting with a live and let live spirit.
Perhaps the only things I didn’t love about the city were the crowds (maybe because of spring break?) and that yes, the city really does smell like weed. If you aren’t aware, the city is the world capital of alternative lifestyles, meaning that prostitution is allowed, “smartshops” sell psychedelic drugs and marijuana is openly sold and smoked. Basically this city has a policy of anything goes so long as no one gets hurt. Hold your breath, and take it all in.
It was a gorgeous day and we couldn’t resist a sweet treat. Owen takes ice cream very seriously.
Den Haag has a great tram system around the city. The stroller parking had a great window view which Owen loved.
We found a little cafe and enjoyed our lunch in the sunshine. I had arguably the best BLT ever.
We wandered around the city center, it’s a really picturesque place. There isn’t really much there other than restaurants and shops but I just loved the feel of the city, especially with spring in the air.
The Hague has been the seat of the Dutch government since 1588. We found the Binnenhof Parliament Complex, which is the center of Dutch political power. The Prime Minister works here, the two-house parliament meets here along with several other powerful politicians. It was a Sunday, so it was very quiet.
The day was beginning to slip away so we loaded up the car and headed for home. We really enjoyed Amsterdam and The Hague. If there weren’t so many other amazing places in our backyard, we’d absolutely consider going back. But our time left in Germany is ticking so we must press on. Traveling is so addicting. 🙂