Found the cutest cupcake stand in Amsterdam.
These wedding cake toppers are so unique. They are made by hand by Peter en Jeannette in Amsterdam. Some are for gay couples, some for a reluctant groom, and there is one of a pregnant bride that Jeannette had just finished that morning. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We got a behind the scenes look at the staff of the Intercontinental Hotel preparing for an event. The hotel is really spectacular.
It was a little tricky traveling after the Viking boat crashed and we were left in Strasbourg, but we finally arrived in Amsterdam (a couple of days early).
Really nice having some down time while traveling. Just leisurely wandering instead of rushing to the next planned activity.
We spent the night in a hotel in a building that was several hundred years old, next to a cathedral. In the morning the towns people were gathering for Sunday services. We wandered the empty streets in the early morning, exploring the town and taking pictures. [September 29, 2013]
While in Strasbourg, Tony and I stopped to admire the exquisite wedding dresses at the boutique shop of haute couture designer Cleone, and actually met the designer herself. The dresses are incredibly imaginative. I would love to be invited to a runway show for the next collection – I can’t wait to see what she will design next. [Strasbourg, France – October 2, 2013]
Our romantic cruise down the Rhine was now abruptly over due to the crash. There was a gash in the side of the Viking River Cruise boat, and it could not continue. We were now in Strasbourg and were about to spend a few days there. But, if you are going to be stuck someplace in Europe, Strasbourg is a pretty good place. The city is gorgeous. We continued on with trying the local food and wandering around the town. The leaves were changing color and the town is surrounded by a canal, bordered by half timber houses and lots of trees, so it looks beautiful in the fall.
Our relaxing river cruise has ended before it hardly got started! The Viking Sun, part of the Viking River Cruise line crashed into a structure on the side of the canal at 2:30 in the morning (news article). Our cabin was below the water level, so we went topside where we took these pictures of the damage. We were near Strasbourg, so eventually the boat was evacuated and we were taken to Strasbourg, which was the end of our river cruise. I guess you have to be flexible when you travel, since you never know what is going to happen!!