We spent most of Saturday with our friends, so our touring of Amsterdam was primarily on Sunday. In the morning we went to the Bloemenmarkt, something we had inexplicably missed on our first trip. While touristy, it was still quite beautiful, with lots of cool bulbs, resurrection plants, succulents, and other plant-related things. Some of the stalls felt like a living bulb catalog.
Continuing with our botanical theme we took the tram a few stops to Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. The nearly 400-year old garden is small and a bit pricey at 8 Euros, but features an extensive collection including a tropical house, cacti and pond plants, plus the weather was perfect for strolling.
As a bonus there was live jazz in the outdoor cafe that could be heard throughout most of the garden.
Following a beer break we next headed toward Spuistraat and Wijdesteeg, a street art section on the east side of the main canal ring.
We managed to find a few things to photograph but it was generally underwhelming compared to so many other cities we’ve visited.