A Clock Tower in old Amsterdam. Walking along the canals and seeing the old canal houses is a great way to spend a few days.

If you get tired of architecture, you can always explore the pleasures of horticulture. See tulip pictures further down this page.

We went to the town of Bourtange near the border with Germany to check out their restored, star shaped fortifications. For a picture from the air, check out www.spaceimaging.com and look at the Top 10 Images from 2004.

More fortification pictures from Bourtange.

The city of Haarlem is just west of Amsterdam, and has an architectural style all its own.

Instead of accepting flooding as a way of life, Holland built a huge dam that sealed off the inland sea and turned it into a fresh water lake. This project was discussed for years, but was finally enacted in the 1930's.

The city of Edam is known for the cheese named after it. Luckily, there are other things to see there as well, like canal houses and canals. Hmmm, I'm starting to see a pattern here...

So we went to Zaanse to check out the windmills (not seen in this picture). Aren't these nice canals and canal houses?

The following pictures were taken on a previous trip at a lovely garden called Keukenhof. Tulips, tulips...

more tulips...

Did we mention the Dutch like tulips?

I kid, of course. The Netherlands are a great place to spend time, because we happen to like, canals, canal houses and tulips.

Oh, and tulips.