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Travel Zingy goes to Amsterdam

We’re back! And a lovely time was had by all – especially poor Travel Zingy who hasn’t been out much lately

Here he is on the ferry on the way over

DSCF2816 DSCF2818We booked an overnight crossing and a lovely outside cabin with a huge porthole window (shame about the people wandering about outside said window!)

Unfortunately this is one area that we didn’t plan very well, sailing overnight meant we arrived in Amsterdam late morning and had to carry our luggage around with us for several hours.

We had thought of it and both packed light but it was definitely a struggle so, after a coffee, we bought CanalBus tickets and spent the next few hours admiring the city from the water



Travel Zingy had a great time and so did we (although I may have slept through a little of it)

We decided to head to the hotel asap since we were both tired but didn’t feel like walking the 45 minutes so we hopped in a taxi. It was so strange being driven around on the wrong side of the road!



We stayed at the Westcord Art Hotel and I was so excited to see one of my favourite paintings as the headboard. The bed was truly massive, as you can see, but not very comfortable.

We spent a very chilled out evening at the hotel and, the next morning, headed back to the cafe we found for a big breakfast…

DSCF2835…and some crochet time!

Steven wanted to see a couple of the apparently world renowned markets so we’d set the day aside for some shopping.

While I was preparing for the trip, I (of course) checked if there were any yarn stores in the city centre.

Oddly enough, there were two right down the road from the lovely cafe! We found one straight away

DSCF2837 DSCF2839Unfortunately, it stocks mostly Rowan.

After we’d been to the markets, we trekked for ages to find another.

DSCF2844 DSCF2848 DSCF2847 DSCF2846 DSCF2845This one was pretty awesome but a little out of the way. There was a bigger range of yarns, focussing on natural fibres but, again, not much that I can’t get over here.

I did buy some lovely German (I think) eco cotton to make another Sambuca shrug

And isn’t the knitted bike cover just perfect for the store and the city?!

The window pic shows some shawl samples, including Earth and Sky by Stephen West which I recently became acquainted with thanks to a fellow blogger (check out her post here)

On Sunday, we visited the science museum, NEMO. The roof terrace was amazing although Travel Zingy didn’t much appreciate the view from the top

DSCF2854However, both he and Steven greatly enjoyed playing with the Lego

DSCF2865 DSCF2867And pouted when we had to leave

DSCF2868To be honest, we were both a little disappointed so we didn’t stay long.

The next day we treated ourselves to brunch at the beautiful Cafe Americain, an Art Nouveau and Art Deco Hotel and Cafe.

DSCF2878We’d read bad things about the service and were a little apprehensive because the place is a bit posher than we’re used to. But the service was pretty good and the food was amazing so no complaints from us!

Then it was off to the Van Gogh Museum, where I managed to crochet three rows of my top and we paid nearly 10euros for two average coffees (the coffees in Holland tend to be quite small so we cheated a little and got two coffees in one but were busted at the till!)

DSCF2880The next day we scoped out one of the other yarn shops on my KnitMap list since it was on our way. It had a strange name (The Otherist) and I’d read that they stocked mainly Manos del Uruguay yarn so we didn’t look hard for it previously. I normally steer clear of Manos since they use a lot of silk but I’d seen a lovely summery poncho pattern in a recent magazine that used Manos Serena which has no silk at all!

Unfortunately not only was the shop closed but it didn’t look at all like a yarn shop so I was quite disappointed.

And, all too soon, it was hometime. We had a Starbucks breakfast on the way out of the city

DSCF2883Rented an inside cabin for the trip so we could dump our bags

DSCF2884And had a yummy three course meal on the ferry

DSCF2886Unfortunately, along with our Dutch goodies, I’ve come home with a much nastier souvenir in the form of food poisoning. Steven felt pretty bad for a few days too so we’re guessing it was a dodgy pizza on day two

I’m feeling much better than I was but I’ve still had to call the doctor and phone in sick for tomorrow.

I guess I’ll have to console myself with crafts and yarn research/shopping

Oh and if it sounds like we didn’t do much, it’s because I’m mostly remembering through pictures at the moment and have left out anything with no TZ pics, for some reason I haven’t taken nearly as many as I normally would.

Anyone else got foreign yarn shop stories? Or memories of Amsterdam to share?













The Adventures of Travel Zingy – garden DIY







Travel Zingy’s been helping us lay a path in the garden!



Time for a tea break!


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The Adventures of Travel Zingy – Bath

We’re home! And a lovely (albeit rather exhausting) time was had by all!































































Thank goodnes Travel Zingy didn’t have to walk by himself!