Saturday, 19 April 2014


Warm days in late March,
Three days in Amsterdam.

Staying on the waterfront that leading to a massive expanse of water called Houthavens.

From my hotel room, a glass box like some cabin on top of vertiginous crane, I look down on barges and long low freighters in constant convoy.

Each day I walk along the Westerdok I am fearful of into the path of some cyclist going home.

A beer after work, in a cafĂ©–restaurant called De Gouden Reael,

Off the street it is cool inside and warmed by quiet conversations.
I enjoy lovely dark ale De Koninck (and it is the king of beers)
The proprietoress delicately places a small dish of nuts next to my beer.

And soon the wonderful Dutch train system whisks me back to Schiphol airport and home for the weekend.  an excellent place to drink or eat!