We found a terrific deal on a Rhine River excursion with Viking Cruises over Thanksgiving break. So we pulled the kids out of school a day early and flew to Amsterdam with a change of planes in London to begin an untraditional holiday vacation.
We left Dallas three hours later than planned due to mechanical issues.
So our actual time in Amsterdam was pretty limited. After dinner on
the ship, Zak and I headed out in a freezing rain just to spend some
time in the city.
Basilica of St. Nicholas.
Zuiderkerk, or "southern church."
Beurs van Berlage, former home of the city's stock exchange and currently a conference center.
We only lasted a little more than an hour on our brief walking tour, which included a fascinating conversation with a drunken Dutch pirate and a comfort stop at a shawarma restaurant. But at least I feel like I can legitimately say I've visited Amsterdam!