Amsterdam is a fabulous city! There is no shortage of things to do: incredible museums, canal cruises, coffee shops, the flower market, historical sights and gorgeous architecture. Amsterdam also is home to some of the best international cuisine anywhere in the world.
Then there are the parks! Vondelpark spreads across about 120 acres of grassy meadows, lakes, paths for walking and bicycling and lots of benches to sit on and watch the world go by. Its location near the Museumplein makes for a great stop to rest your eyes after looking at paintings and other art all day.
On our last visit to Vondelpark, we encountered a family of Egyptian geese with their goslings. They weren’t shy at all, waddling all around, then going for a swim in the lake, after which they would sit in the grass and preen the plumage.
Later I spotted a coot, her two chicks perched on a log in the water. The babies were adorable with their fuzzy feathers and bright red heads. These waterbirds are a common sight in many parks, and are generally rather shy. In years of bird watching, this was my first ever sighting of young coot chicks! And even though a coot’s legs and feet look rather funny, they can run incredibly fast, even across the water!!
I’ve been to Amsterdam many times and never get tired of exploring this fantastic city! Watch for more posts from there!