After having made many bold statements that I would get up early to get all the ingredients required for eggs royale, I crawled out of bed, my pride getting the better of my laziness.
We did very well, if I don't say so myself. Eggs royale with a beautifully poached egg and lactose free hollandaise sauce for our dairy intolerant hosts - surprisingly easy!
Cor, look at that yolk!
We decided that although Amsterdam has a lot of very good museums to its name, we had visited most of them at one point and the best part of Amsterdam is the crisscross of streets and canals aka. Grachten.
Vondelpark came first, my immaturity kicked in for a change, a fondle in Vondel....
Yes I know, I shouldn't be let out into public
I love weeping willows, this one above was especially sad and beautiful
the road less travelled...
and this limber dude
Pfff, too much exercise. (Or watching it...) Coffee now please.
Rearing to go, thank you caffeine!!
aaaaand selfie time (too embarrassed to ask someone to take a picture of us...)
And can you believe what we found?!
I mean who doesn't look at a little car and think, "I know, I'll make it into a strawberry!" Even the gear shift was a strawberry!
I want. No, I need.
We had a wander through the market and, even though we weren't really hungry yet we tried some 'Poffertjes' (fluffy dutch mini pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour). A batch of 10 between the 3 of us, so the perfect amount for a little sugar kick to keep us going.
We were informed the most 'proper' way to eat these was with a blob of butter and a snowfall of icing sugar
Our hard-working Gea had to head off for her shift so Liz and I were left to explore and on a mission to find an exciting bar and a chance to eat Holland's famous Bitterballen.
We became more and more disheartened the further away from the centre of town our directions sent us, but then we saw what must surely be what we were looking for!
Hannekes Boom - half their clientelle arrived by boat as we were cosily seated inside
Jackpot - well done Liz for this find!
Half the reason we came here - Bitterballen (little deep fried balls battered in a crunchy breadcrumb coating and filled with a gooey mixture of chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices) found in almost every cafe or bar. And of course a chalice of wine.
They don't look all that appetising here and I blame the light. They were yummy, but my favourite were the cheese sticks - crunchy pastry and warm soft gouda.
Seriously, this would be the best place to hang out in the hight of summer, here are some pictures I pulled off the internet to give you a better idea:
The voyage continued to dinner.
We thought we were being really clever by going on the iamsterdam.com website and time out and then choosing the restautrant that appeared on both lists. Sounds fool proof, but it wasn't a total success. Happ-Hmm serves "traditional Grandma-style Dutch food", but I think this review-writer's grandmother just didn't cook very well, so the bar wasn't set as high as I would like it to be.
You win some, you lose some.
After, Gea met us and took us along a beautiful route through Amsterdam via some old bars
AND past the 3D life-size Night Watch!
The classic love-lockets over most European rivers. Couples attach a lock to the railings and throw the key into the river as a symbol of their everlasting love.
And then we ended up at this lovely 'speak easy' bar
My favourite were the antlers...