In Amsterdam we stayed on a permanently moored houseboat called The Lucky Piper.
It was lovely. We were in a regular suburb, not the main tourist districts, but we were still only 10 minutes walk from public transport and only 30 minutes or so from the centre of Amsterdam.
This is the front of the boat. The houses behind it were across the canal. To the right of the picture was a nest with a pair of coots. Gorgeous Girl had a great time staring out the window at them and counting how many eggs they had laid when the parents changed shifts.
There was a little breakfast nook for Gorgeous Girl.
Note the new footsie pyjamas 🙂
The boat had an open plan living area and kitchen, and two bedrooms.
It was very relaxing and worked out cheaper than a hotel. Having a kitchen meant that we could cook our own breakfast and dinner which was a godsend since we didn’t really want to drag a tired 2 year old out to a restaurant for dinner after a full day’s sight seeing. It also meant that we could shop in Dutch supermarkets and have a more ‘authentic’ Dutch experience. Living in an Afrikaans speaking area of South Africa really helped with the shopping, as Afrikaans is derived from the Dutch, well it helped me. Gorgeous Man doesn’t speak any Afrikaans 🙂
Another advantage was that Gorgeous Girl got her own room, so we could stay up a bit later without worrying about waking her up.
It was quite cold and wet for most of our visit, and there were a few spectacular hail storms like this.
This is looking out the front door of the boat. On the right of the top picture is the shed that is on land.
It was wonderful being so snug inside while the hail beat down on the boat and the water. We could not have asked for a better place to stay. The only disadvantages were that the wifi did not work so we had to go to local cafes to hook into the internet, and the lighting was very ambient and not conducive to reading a chart and working on cables. Other than that I would recommend this place to anyone contemplating a trip to Amsterdam.
Only 2 more posts about my trip and then I will return to regular crafting blogging.