Finally! Decent internet access! I can finally post my first images of Amsterdam!
Got here on Thursday morning, July 17, exhausted from a long trans-Atlantic flight but determined to tough-through the inevitable jet-lag. Did some small touring around the city. Settled for a canal boat ride and barely made it without falling asleep.
Amsterdam is a very pretty little town ringed by three arcs of canals alongside of which are houses -- some dating from the 17th century -- all in a distinctive architecture everyone will recognize as 'Amsterdam'.
On the tour, we saw something that automatically rearranged all our existing plans: The Dutch East India Company Maritime Museum.
It has a replica of an East Indiaman the original of which wrecked off the coast of England, about which more later. It's late and I've had lots of wine accompanying a great dinner aboard the Viking Var, so check in again tomorrow for more.