Wednesday, September 26, 2012
We arrived here on Monday with enough time to visit the Rijks Museum and some of the best Dutch Masters on display. We've mostly been walking up and down the streets, getting to know this beautiful city. Population 780,000; bicycles 600,000; canals 165; bridges 1281; houseboats 2,500; diamond factories 24. Yet we managed to avoid the lure of the sparkle and just kept walking. And walking. Why didn't I bring a pedometer? It would probably would have spun itself crazy, numbers dropping on the street as we go. The bicycles would have run right over them because they are everywhere and have the right of way over everybody else, apparently including red lights. It makes my eyeballs spin, looking every direction before daring to take a step. Ouch!