Amsterdam was not a new city for me, since i came over for a short trip in April to see the tulips blooming at Keukenhof. It was better this time round since i have more time to explore Rijkmuseum, Anne Frank House and Zaanse Schans.
The main highlight was the leisurely bike ride on a sunny Sat afternoon along Amstel River towards Ouderkerk, about 9km south of Amsterdam centre. It was a welcome change from the busy city and hordes of tourists. We managed to see more of the “real” country – green flat farmlands, beautiful house and locals enjoying a wonderful warm day on foot, bikes, rowing or boating along the calm river.
Along the way, we chanced upon an art exposition where sculptures were exhibited all around a serene garden space besides a villa. It was here that i set eyes on my first spectacular autumn scenery – trees decked with golden colours leaning towards a small canal.
Accommodation – Shelter Jordan http://www.shelter.nl (central & quiet hostel – great for those who want some decent sleep)