Last weekend Glen and I ended up with both Sunday and Monday off on account of Carnival. Apparently the whole Westphalia region in Germany takes about four days off work to celebrate leading up to Ash Wednesday. This whole thing caught us entirely off guard; we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. But as Glendo said, if you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join them, so we did.
Sunday was the big parade in our little town of Bergheim. So we put on our drunken German pants on and headed out to check out the parade and the other revelry. We were in a town of about 75,000 people, and I think every last one of them was there. It was a chilly day, and it rained for a while, but that didn’t slow anyone down.
As always, I had the camera with me, and I made another little time lapse video of the day’s festivities. If you like drinking at 11:00 AM, accordions with beer holders, chicks with bright pink hair, and Germans in bunny suits (and come on, who doesn’t) then you might want to give it a look.
I also have a bunch of pictures and a video of the Carnival parade from Cologne, and that was downright insane. People travel from all over the world for the Cologne celebration, and it showed. But that’s another story for another day.
So on my last night at the Meyer Hotel in my sleepy little German host town of Bergheim, here’s the last of the pictures from Amsterdam.
The view from a canal bridge right near the red light district.
A very bike-heavy city. The lights there in the background are from The Old Church coffee shop. I hear it's one of the oldest, and most famous 'coffee' shops in Amsterdam.
I really liked this hot dog stand for whatever reason. Pretty, I guess I liked the juxtaposition.
If either McDonalds or Burger King would like to purchase the rights to this image, I'll totally sell out.
Shooting from the hip while dashing in front of a train. Glad I didn't lose my leg.
That's a pretty crazy crane.
Alas, all good things must, unfortunately, come to an end. Heading back down to the car.
Hope you enjoyed the sights of Amsterdam. A positively delightful little 4 hour stroll through an amazing city. Pictures of a four-day German costume party coming before too long.
Good night from the Treft Punkt bar in Bergheim, Germany.
Ok, so I said these pictures would be up a while ago. I guess I lied, but it’s been a crazy few days at work. And in Germany all together. Took a few days to check out the Carnival festivities, and ya know, drink. But anyway, here’s the next batch of the Amsterdam pictures.
Across from the train station. This was beautiful, redefines waterfront. Don't see stuff like this in the States.
Amsterdam Centraal Train Station
Here it is, the red light district.
So them windows with the red lights over them definitely had whores inside of them. Either it was a strange coincidence or they don't like their picture taken, because they left when they saw my camera. In my opinion the place was downright creepy.
I found this way more interesting.
Gorgeous place, missed the sun though.
More to come real soon.