I didn’t think Antwerp could get any better, after the architecture and printing museum.
Alas, it did!
This unlabeled (maybe labeled but I can’t read it), relatively bland building, held a secret:
We rode a wooden escalator down underneath the city:
To a tunnel that led underneath the river:
To the other side:
Where we found views of the city and a falafel lot of good food:
On our last day in Antwerp, we discovered a cool old church with an unusual amount of carved rock detail (it’s on the right of this simply gorgeous brick building):
Then we were back on the train again, heading out to Amsterdam.
Love of my life. Everything we saw there was perfect.
We stayed on a little boat at the end of this dock:
And rented bikes:
And with the sun partly shining above us, we headed out to the countryside for a day-long bike ride (it had been cold and overcast most every day of our trip, did I already mention?):
Our destination was the town of Marken in the intriguingly named “Waterland” region north of Amsterdam:
We found a great little dog outside this shop, living my dog’s dream life:
Back in the city, my cat-obsessed sister put Amsterdam’s Kattenkabinet as priority #1:
It’s a museum devoted to cats and cat art:
Here are a few more random photos of beautiful Amsterdam:
Our last stop was Berlin – and my photo library for Berlin looks a lot like this map:
I did not take very many photos. 😦
But here is an installation featuring the Berlin wall:
And here is the “Northwest” buffalo exhibit at the Berlin Zoo:
We spent a very special father’s day driving around Germany – our dad was on a business trip and met up with us. He had a rental car and we drove the German countryside – I am very used to traveling Europe by train, so the car was a refreshing change!
I could look at this old house all day. This is just pure fairy-tale magic:
We weren’t far from the Bastei Bridge so we made sure to stop:
We also weren’t too far from the Polish border – and none of us had been before – so we hopped over the border and stopped at a McDonalds to try the “local” food.
(Thank you for a wonderful trip Dad & Madi!)