As there is not many room in Amsterdam the houses are attached and usually have 4 floors, which means a lot of steps !
Here is the street and below left his house. Most of the houses have benches outside to sit and chat or watch the children. There are not many cars, only bikes and parking in the street is very expensive. Each house owner has a place in a common garage and you are allowed to only keep one car, otherwise you have to pay the parking fee of 2.50 Euros/hour !!
There are all kinds of big toys on the sidewalk and hundreds of bikes. The cats also have their space !
These pictures show the back of the houses. Each house has a big terrace and the residents try to make the best out of it so that it looks like a little garden. The one of my son is below left. Of course for me coming from Belgium where we have even in Brussels a lot of space except in the very poor areas, this seems strange to me. But these houses are very expensive and have a big success, because there are close to Amsterdam and very modern. There is everything you need, schools, shops, playgrounds and sports clubs.
Toby my grandson and I walked along the canals to the nearby harbor where we had a delicious ice cream.
These people had their lunch just besides their boat ! Nice place to live when you have a boat just at the back door !
In 10 min walk you are also at a little beach, where we went and father and son did a little swim, because it was quite hot !
Our T-shirts didn't really fit the reality I had a cat and he a dog !
In the evening we had a barbecue which was delicious.
Toby and I are on holidays, the parents have to work ....
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