from a tiny island, looking over the other side of the bridge which is another island that is even tinier, over which you can also see the land beyond. loved how a lot of small islands are interconnected with bridges in the middle of the city.
my first #semla ever - and sadly, the only one during my stay in town. i'd meant to try them at every single cafe/bakery i went to but i was out of luck. in fact, i could have just gone back to this cafe, which wasn't far from where i stayed; casual, cozy, and homey, a kind of place i'd frequent if it was in my neighborhood.
ricotta pancakes with honey, greek-style yogurt, and fresh fruits: strawberries and raspberries, and banana and passion fruit. it's been all latergram for the past few weeks, so here's something that's actually from today...
..and well, amsterdam. i've traveled to europe quite a few times over the years but not to amsterdam before, not even for a transit. and this visit was planned pretty last minute, almost on a whim, as i thought i might like to see the flowers - especially tulips - in a country so well known for them. overall, it being the end of march/beginning of april, i was a biiiit too early in the season for them and my stay was really short (one full day in amsterdam and an afternoon in keukenhof) but i did have fun and hope have a chance to go back for a little longer a stay.
..so, keukenhof. it was nearly two weeks ago that i visited there in early april, and i must say i was a little too early for most of the tulips the garden (and the netherlands as a country) is renowned for - they may be at their peak right about now. but there were a whole lot of other flowers to more than make up for it, especially the cherry blossoms that i am missing in japan this spring. i took a lot of photos both with iPhone and my DSLR, so made a slideshow out of them on Flickr; follow the link in my profile here if you are interested. tap on the replay icon ▶ if the slideshow doesn't launch automatically.
stroofwafels, of dutch caramel syrup waffles, are a glorious thing, a bit gooey, a bit chewy, and very sweet. now these were basically broken pieces of syrup waffles without syrup (i don't know if they have a particular name to them) - not gooey, not chewy, and not too sweet. and just as delish and a little less heavy.