Pics from our side trip to Amsterdam (09/06/05)

We had a very auspicious beginning... we took the wrong train out of the airport and wound up in Amersfoort. The countryside is beautiful though!
After the 45-minute trip back from Amersfoort, we arrived at Centraal Station in Amsterdam
Exterior of Centraal Station
More of Centraal Station
The first thing we noticed is that there really are TONS of bicycles! Here's a 'bike park' filled with hundreds of them.
One of the many canals which wrap around city centre
Another pretty canal
Is it me, or is everything leaning a bit?
Street off of Leidse Plein (Leidse Straat)
Another typical street off of Leidse Plein
View of Leidse Plein, one of four or five large pleins (squares) around city centre.
Another view of Leidse Plein. We caught jugglers, comedians and break-dancers (dancing to 80's music even!) over the course of our visit.
Garden (filled with Lizards!) across from Vondel Park
The Scheepvaart Nautical Museum
Old School ship outside the Scheepvaart
NEMO, the Science Centre
View from the top of Nemo
Another view from Nemo
Happy as clams in Amsterdam
The new site of the Stedelijk Museum (obviously not finished, as it's being moved from Museumplein)
Footbridge from Nemo to the Scheepvaart Museum
The Museumplein (the Van Gogh in the foreground, the Rijksmuseum in the background)
Playground across the street from our hotel
Rookies, a "Coffeeshop" not too far from our hotel