Saturday, July 09, 2005


The leaning Canal Houses. Houses were taxed based on the amount of canal frontage, so many homes were narrow in front, and then expanded in the back.
Troy & Sophia at the hotel's boat dock.
Sophia in a big girl's chair on a calm corner (normally there are giant people on bicycles flying by!)
Love the swings, the hotel received extra stars from us just for these.

Troy had another speaking engagement, so we all hopped the train to Amsterdam for the week. We love attaching some family travel to his business travel, the hotels are usually fantastic & this was no exception. We stayed at the Pulitzer Hotel ~ HIGHLY recommended ~ which is right on one of the canals. It is made up of at least 20 canal houses turned into various hotel rooms, and has a garden in the center, complete with SWINGS!!! Sophia was in heaven.

The weather wasn't great, we just missed the really hot days, but we had a great time wandering thru the streets, doing some shopping, and being mistaken for being Dutch (tall, blonde, with a stroller made me a local). People were really sweet to us & Sophia, and we managed to avoid some of the craziness. However, there aren't any safety railings on the canals, so Sophia had to spend most of her time in the stroller. Very frustrating for a new walker!

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