Saturday, May 19, 2012

Port of Call: Amsterdam

IMG_4164eAfter our stop in Ponta Delgada we had three more sea days before our stop in Amsterdam.  I was in Amsterdam years ago and I know that I toured around and visited numerous sites including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum but what I remember most was how much I just loved walking around the city.  This time too, I just loved walking around and seeing the city. 

IMG_4171e Maisie wasn’t feeling 100% so we knew that she wouldn’t be up for a full day touring museums, especially art museums so we planned our day accordingly. 

IMG_4151e The one site that I really wanted all of us to visit was the Anne Frank House.  Maisie was less than thrilled and cooperative with my picture taking in front of the house and as pictures weren’t allowed inside, this was all I got.

IMG_4131e As Maisie wasn’t feeling great, after our time in the Anne Frank House we sat down for a little lunch and then Eammon went off to visit a few museums and I had Maisie in the stroller.  While she dozed in and out, I walked and walked and walked and took in the sights.  Other than strolling in and out of a few stores, we didn’t go into any buildings and I just stopped and took pictures when something caught my eye so lots of pictures without descriptions in this post.

IMG_4138eIMG_4132eIMG_4140eIMG_4141eIMG_4142eIMG_4144eIMG_4149eIMG_4156eIMG_4162eIMG_4168e IMG_4173e IMG_4163e Once in a while Maisie would get out of her stroller and allow me a picture or two but for the most part she was happy to be pushed through the streets of Amsterdam taking in the sights.  

IMG_4139eThis one deserves a description, it’s a very non-private port-a-pee…four stalls nonetheless…ewwww!

IMG_4180eBecause I couldn’t have a pee-station picture before my recipe, here’s Maisie at a little display in the cruise terminal before re-boarding the ship.

Maisie lost a bit of weight during our trip so I’m making these Baked Meatballs for her this weekend as she loves them and they have lots of good added calories with the addition of ground walnuts…which make them quite delicious too.  Click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

Baked Meatballs

Other recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Cheddar Mini Quiche and Strawberry Soup.



  1. I absolutely love your pictures of Amsterdam (all except one, heh heh). It's so beautiful. I never thought I wanted to visit, but how you have me rethinking that.

  2. You are making me antsy! Wow. So beautiful.

  3. Anonymous5:49 AM

    Your cruise and sight-seeing photos are just wonderful, thank you for sharing them.

    Having read "The Diary of Anne Frank", seeing your photo of Anne Frank's house with little Maisie standing in front of it was mesmerizing. I think seeing the house in person would honestly take my breath away. Such an emotional place, such unfathomable history.


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