Yesterday we started at the Noordermarkt, a market in the shadow of the Noorder Kerk.

Mark bought a handmade cloth summer cap from the man at this stall.

We wandered around some of the canals in the western Jordaan district, such as Bloemgracht.

The queue for the Anne Frank House was even longer than the day before! We then had an early lunch at a cafe on the Singel, where we sat outside next to the canal.

We visited the Amsterdam Historisch Museum to see the exhibits and paintings and to learn more about the history of this city. Here one of the massive group portraits is being restored or cleaned.

Here is a painting of the Noorder Kerk, where we went to the market!

This is what the Royal Palace looks like underneath all the scaffolding. It was originally built as the Town Hall as the Netherlands was a republic at the time.

We wandered a bit more, eventually stopping for afternoon tea.

Afterwards we went here – a little canal boat on the Singel.

De Poezenboot! A shelter for Amsterdam’s homeless cats.

It’s free to go in, though we made a donation. You can meet all the cats. Some are in the public areas, often the ones who need socialisation.

Others need to be quarantined when the first arrive. There were kittens too.

By then it was mid-afternoon, so we went back to the apartment for a rest. Mark had been nursing a cold since the day before we left, and things didn’t seem to be improving.

We rested up and set out that evening for our canal dinner cruise.

We had an excellent view of the bridge.

We spent two and a half hours cruising all around Amsterdam’s canals.

Had lovely food. And wine.

We even passed our apartment.

The sun began to set.

The cruise neared the end.

We docked.

On the way home I experimented with some night photography.

Many of the pictures turned out blurry because I didn’t have a tripod for the long exposure times – most of the time I leant my camera on the seats of bicycles chained to the canal railings.

It was way past our bedtime.