Amsterdam Canal Cruise (EuroTrip Day 2)

One of the major things to do while in Amsterdam is to go on a canal cruise. And you won’t be short a variety of options on how to experience the canals via boat. You can take a private smaller boat cruise or the more popular larger canal boat cruise. The smaller boats have the ability to go down smaller canals obviously. You can also take a cruise during the daytime or nighttime, though we could only find larger boats doing nighttime cruises (unless you want to fork over a bunch of money for a dinner cruise). In addition to just a plain canal cruise, you can add on extras like cheese & wine on board, pizza cruise, ice cream cruise, drinks cruise, and the options are endless.

A benefit of a evening/nighttime cruise is they are a bit longer and can go through a small portion of the Red Light District. We decided to go with a cruise that started about 1 hour before sunset which would allow us to get decent pictures before it got too dark, but would also provide the opportunity to experience the canals by streetlights. It was a perfect combination for us and I highly recommend it. We weighed the options of the different “extra” canal cruise possibilities, but in the end we opted for just the regular canal cruise. We booked ahead of time, but in reality there’s no need to do that unless you want one of those extra cruises.

I won’t have a lot of written commentary on this post because we opted to just sit outside and the running audio on what we were passing was only available inside. But we enjoyed the back of the boat and it allowed us a 360 degree unobstructed view of the canals. Lots of other people came and went from inside, but most didn’t linger too long surprisingly.

Amsterdam Canals

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Photo of the (yester)day: Goodbye Jordan

Spent our final day in Jordan visiting the religious sites and Jerash. But I want to thank the country of Jordan for its hospitality for the week we were there. It was my 32nd country and my first in the Middle East region but it certainly won’t be my last trip there. The people are incredibly welcoming and have done nothing to deserve the 80-90% drop in tourism in the last two years. I can only hope people overcome the misconceptions on the area and return to traveling there. 

Photo of the Day(s)

Have been bad about posting these daily… Spent Wednesday morning in Petra hiking to the Treasury viewpoint then headed off to Aqaba and the Red Sea where we watched a nice sunset. Spent Thursday snorkeling in the Red Sea before relaxing on the beach at our hotel. Friday we heard off to the Dead Sea 

Photo of the Day+ yesterday 

Last night visited Petra by Night and today returned all day for lots of hiking. That first view of the treasury both at night and by day is breathtaking. 

Photo of the (yester)day: Wadi Rum

Didn’t have wifi last night or any cell service at all as we spent the night under the stars at Wadi Rum. Our first 24 hours in Jordan brought us to a new country, a new culture, some delicious food, and amazing people. Can’t wait for the rest of the week. 

Jordan: Planning

When we were trying to decide where to head in the fall of 2016, we originally looked into Morocco. I’ve had Morocco at the top of my bucket list since high school, while it is far from the top of Brian’s. He had always said we could go to Morocco only after visiting a more traditional African country for a safari. He didn’t want Morocco to be his fist country visited in Africa. I compromised and we went on safari to Tanzania and Kenya in 2015. Morocco was looking more and more likely, until all of a sudden it wasn’t. One of the biggest things I want to see are the Fez tanneries. Yes, I know they are going to stink, but it was pictures of Fez (and the mention in Gilmore Girls) that had me wanting to go there to begin with. When starting our initial research, we learned that the Fez tanneries were undergoing a massive renovation and while they were supposed to be finished in summer 2016, I just wasn’t willing to risk it.

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Albert Cuyp Market (EuroTrip Day 2)

The Albert Cuyp Market is located in the De Pijp district of Amsterdam. We made the short walk to the famous street market for lunch after spending the morning visiting the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk museum. The Albert Cuyp Market has been around since 1905, but has expanded to included over 200 stalls with multiple restaurants lining the street and surrounding area making it the largest street market in Europe. You can find everything from spices, bread, and local Dutch snacks to clothes, shoes, and souvenirs.

We first walked the length of Albert Cuypstreet then made our way back stopping at the stalls that caught our eye (and armed with the knowledge of which were can’t miss stalls). Our first food stop was at Chris Kip where we tried some chicken kebabs of sorts with satay (peanut sauce). They were warm and delicious on a windy afternoon. The place was pretty busy but we were able to snag one of the stand up tables to enjoy our chicken.

Albert Cuyp Market

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