Amsterdam August 2014

Lunch at Beter en Leuk

Lunch at Beter en Leuk

For Els’s birthday this year, we celebrated in Amsterdam. We started out at our favorite café in Amsterdam – Beter en Leuk – for a delicious and healthy lunch. Beter en Leuk just so happens to be owned by Koen’s cousin Hanneke, and you can find organic vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc dishes and drinks for breakfast, brunch and lunch, as well as great cookbooks, clothing, jewelry, and other treasures! If you are in Amsterdam, Beter en Leuk is a definite must-visit!

After our feast, we took Els on her first metro ride to the center of the city to Dam Square. We visited the History & Royalty: Journey In Time exhibit at De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) where I learned a lot about the history of De Nieuwe Kerk and its relationship with the Dutch Royal Family. After the exhibit we walked a bit more through Amsterdam before heading home.  What a fun day!

Enjoying good food and sunshine

Enjoying good food and sunshine

 

Mackerel wraps

Mackerel wraps

 

Millet salad with beets

Millet salad with beets

 

My plate - millet salad and a pita filled with curry egg salad with asparagus, apple, and radishes

My plate – millet salad and a pita filled with curry egg salad with asparagus, apple, and radishes

 

Enjoying lunch

Enjoying lunch

 

Birthday girl

Birthday girl

 

Key lime pie and my iced-tea

Key lime pie and my iced-tea

 

Family photo

Family photo

 

Dook and Els with Hanneke

Dook and Els with Hanneke

 

Els's first metro ride!

Els’s first metro ride!

 

Walking along the canals

Walking along the canals

 

Another canal

Another canal

 

Dam Square

Dam Square

 

De Nieuwe Kerk

De Nieuwe Kerk

 

Inside the exhibit

Inside the exhibit

 

Els with Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander

Els with Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander

 

The King and Queen of the Netherlands!

The King and Queen of the Netherlands!

 

Walking back to the car - can you tell it's gay pride week in Amsterdam?

Walking back to the car – can you tell it’s gay pride week in Amsterdam?

 

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