Tourist Tuesday

by Chris on July 16, 2013

Let’s see. How does one possibly wrap up a 15-day whirlwind trip of Europe and sift through 2,376 (yes, that many) pictures in one post? One doesn’t. Forgive me, but I’m gonna turn my trip into a little series for ya. It’ll help me think more clearly about what you do or do not want to see, and it’ll hopefully keep you from wanting to gouge my eyes out with a fork.  That means it’ll be a little offbeat–but that’s JaG for ya! Ya know what I’m gonna call this?

 Tuesday Traveler

Ok, so the title’s not quite offbeat. I’ll be tackling this series by stop, and our very first one is The Netherlands. Here we go!

1. BIKES in Amsterdam. 1.2 million of them. Never feared a bicyclist before? You will after your visit there. I found it humorous to see a woman in a tight skirt and three-inch heels just wheeling along to work.  I kept asking, “But what about when it rains? Do they actually bicycle in the snow?” We’re pampered.


2. I’m not a fan of houseboats. That is…until I saw this one. So pretty, right? Ya done good, houseboat owner.


3. I came closer to royalty than I’ll ever get. See the people behind them? I was going to stand there, and then I thought, “They won’t go over there.” I’m dumb. ‘Cause they did, and I missed my moment to introduce myself as an American and comment on her gorgeous dress/hat combination. Yes, that was going to be the depth of my conversation. “I’m an American! Your hat and dress are beautiful!” The end.

Netherlands royalty

4. Cheese and tulips abound. What you would expect, right? I ate more cheese in two days than I’ve eaten in my whole life. Some were amazing; some not so much. I did not, however, eat any tulips.

Cheese and tulips

5. Amsterdam is a liberal city, and it was interesting to see/experience it.  Seeing women (who weren’t women) walk the streets without ridicule, seeing women…..errr “ladies of the night” in the middle of the day (Hello, Red Light District!), and going to a coffee shop that served a LOT more than coffee was quite an experience.


After all these wonderful things, would you believe this stop didn’t make my list of favorites? Gasp! Awesome place, but the trip just got better and better! I’ll be back next week with our next stop.




Jen @ July 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

We started our two week European trip last year in Amsterdam too. It wasn’t our favorite either. Can’t wait to see where else you went!

Liz VanKirk July 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

Oh your killing me… I want to see more photos of the area! So glad you got to experience that wonderful trip. I would so love to do that!


Melinda July 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Looks like an “interesting” place. :)
Love the baskets in the last picture.


Stephanie July 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Love it! Can’t wait to see more!!

the cape on the corner July 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I loooove Holland! we were lucky enough to be there for 2 weeks, and I would move there in a heartbeat. it’s where I discovered my love of goat cheese-did you eat any goat cheese croquettes? what about bitterballen? yum! great pictures, and can’t wait to hear and see the rest of your travels. we just got back from 2 weeks in Alaska and I have almost as many pictures to go through!

Lindsay July 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I love this! I’m a big traveler and can’t wait to read more about your trip! It might kill me to wait a week in between each post though…

Chris August 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Ha! Believe me–others are probably thinking a week is too soon. :) Thank you though!

kelly arent (copper roof interiors) July 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Wow….looks like you had an amazing time. Yes Europe is a totally different kind of living…that’s for sure. We lived in Italy for 2 years as my hubs was transfer there for work….took me awhile to get the hang of things and the pace!@!! Yep the bikers are on a mission and must not get in their way! Thanks for sharing your trip! I am new to your site and love it.

Chris August 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Very interesting, Kelly! Traveling and living there are two different things, I’m sure. :) Thank you for stopping by!

Tina @ how to find a man July 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’ve never been to Europe. But I’ll definitely go one day.
This trip looks amazing. It’s definitely different than life in north america.

I’m prettty darn sure you’d be able to see women who arn’t women in las vegas!

I can’t wait to see more pictures!


Amy July 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

This was a great snapshot of Amsterdam. I loved that city — it ranks as one of my faves. I do have pictures of the same houseboat, and maybe even the same cheese – LOL ! I had to laugh about what you said about the bicyclists — I was more afraid of them than NY City cabbies! Can’t wait to see posts about the rest of your trip.

Amy July 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Ooh I can’t wait to hear more about the rest of your trip!

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