Our first market was a Local Goods Market--where local artists and food producers sell there wares. It's set up in an old tram station, call De Hallen. There weren't too many vendors this morning, but we still enjoyed looking at the goods. There were also a few permanent store fronts, as well as a theater and denim manufacturing shop in the space. It's a pretty nifty use of space!
We decided we would tram back to our apartment, drop off our packages, and spend the rest of the day exploring the streets to the north and west of our apartment. We haven't crossed the canal to the waterfront yet, and today was a good day to go exploring. We wandered a three to four block area--it was mostly residential, with just a few high end restaurants. We walked down to the waterfront, which is an interesting mix of commercial boats, sail boats of all sizes (some really BIG ones!) and even a few houseboats.
We strolled back past our apartment and up to the pretty square about 3 blocks away. We thought we'd explore a couple of different streets in the shopping area--but didn't find much of interest. We did find a nice sidewalk cafe, and enjoyed a glass of delicious red wine and some great people watching. That's one of our favorite things to do in Europe!
We decided we'd eat dinner "in" tonight. We had a cheese & sausage platter with some crackers--just right! We are loving the delicious goat cheese we've found here.
While we were eating dinner, we watched a pretty swan right in front of our balcony. She was chasing a pair of mallards around--being pretty aggressive and putting on quite the show!
We've also noticed there are tourist canal cruises that pass this way. I get a kick out of waving to them from our dining room window, using my best "pageant wave", and they always wave back! (I'm trying to pretend that I LIVE here, you know!)
It was a lovely day in Amsterdam!
Tomorrow: Another museum day---Dutch Masters!