The weather was fine today, so after lunch I set out for a walk. I hadn't been in the van Woustraat area for a long time, so I wanted to see what had changed. I started off by walking to Berlagebrug, where I had a good view of 'Manhattan on the Amstel'.
Crossing the bridge you have an equally good view of Amsterdam's original skyscraper, the aptly named 'Wolkenkrabber', which was built in 1932.
From Victorieplein I walked into Rijnstraat, continuing into van Woustraat.
I crossed Ceintuurbaan and kept walking towards the city centre.
This Moroccan coffeeshop supports the Dutch soccer team.
I walk along the Reguliersgracht and the weather was steadily improving. It was getting warmer and warmer.
On Amstelveld I noticed the strange way the church bell was attached to the building.
I walked passed Rembrandtplein and crossed the bridge over the Amstel.
Into Staalstraat; there was a massive crowd in Puccini's chocolate shop.
Onto Waterlooplein. Crowd and merchandise as usual.
I decided that it was time for a cup of coffee, and that the best place for it would be the Zoo.
It was very crowed in Artis; today is world blood donor day and all blood donors in the Netherlands had a free pass to the zoo. The blood donor organization Sanquin was handing out orange caps and bandana's to people who signed up as donors on the spot. I wonder how many soccer fans will actually give blood other than in hooligan riots.
The pelicans near the 'Two Cheetahs' restaurant were preening. I got a cup of coffee and sat down for 15 minutes, the first moment of rest in the afternoon.
I walked to the sea lions, where there had been a birth two days ago. Young animals always appeal to the crowd, so it was hard to get near. Mother and daughter were at the far end, as far away from the crowd as possible, so they were hard to see.
I walked back through Oosterpark and sat down for a Coke at Maxwell's. I had walked over 8 km this afternoon and I started to feel my feet. Slowly I'm sneaking more and more kilometers into my walks. As long as I keep walking the pain is bearable; the problem is when I rest and have to start again. BTW, I didn't take any ibuprofen today, so your shares might fall…