untitled-34075Kongo departed Amsterdam yesterday to sail through the connecting canal to the Rhine River.  The canal rises above the level of the surrounding land and it is interesting to look down upon the adjacent farms and villages.


untitled-33987Kongo takes a day trip into the nether regions of the Dutch countryside to chase windmills.  These wonderful machines used to cover the landscape across Holland, perched atop dikes, endlessly churning away grinding meal or pumping water.  Today there are only a few dozen left but they are wonderfully charming.

house outside-13Kongo arrived in Amsterdam yesterday to start a 2-week trip across Europe and is so happy this lovely city is the starting point for his latest adventure.  Sometimes called the Venice of the North, Amsterdam offers visitors plenty of things to do.  Whether you are snooping about Amsterdam’s famous red light district, sampling weed at one of the dozens of “Coffeeshops” where you can legally smoke a joint but not find a cup of Joe, or taking in a high dose of culture  by visiting the museums, sightseeing, and checking out the dozens of canals that crisscross the city you will never be bored in Amsterdam.