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Ahoy in Amsterdam!

Waking to the gentle swishing of water as a tourist cruiser leaves a slight wake. Church bells sounding in the distance and birdsong.

Even the rain dripping on the roof and the skylights is soothing as boats meander past.

The bed sways slightly with the ticking motion of the canal. Who knew Saturday morning in the bustling Dutch capital city of Amsterdam would be as peaceful as this.

The smell of hardwood on boats is unique. Old and watery but cosy and welcoming.

The skylight allows enough luminescence to wake us quietly. Portholes and fitted cabinets making a cosy atmosphere.

Our home this weekend formerly known as Wilhelmina is a wooden barge built in 1907.

We came by this idyllic retreat through AirBnB.

I could get seriously addicted to this site.

As someone fortunate enough to have travelled a lot, I’m not keen on big, fancy, faceless hotels. They are so often ugly and rabbit-warren-like with standardised heating, fixtures and fittings and a strong sense of anonymity. Plus they’re not cheap.

AirBnB offers something unusual. Set up by two guys who wanted to rent out their spare room it enables anyone with a space to rent it out. And those spaces can be very unusual.

This lovely room in a house boat is one such example. There’s the bonus of meeting new people too.

A peaceful haven in a bustling city. No neighbouring rooms with paper thin walls, no hustling breakfast buffet or jammed lifts with wheelie bags.

Just us.

The owner’s boat is alongside. There’s another resident at the bow end but we haven’t seen him.

This is our holiday at home, just an hour on the train.

So if you’re looking for a less globalised accommodation option this might be your best option.

(This is my independent view.)


So far we’ve used it in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Costa Rica. I wonder where we are going next?




24 comments on “Ahoy in Amsterdam!

  1. Frugal Hausfrau
    November 17, 2014

    Oh, how much fun that must be!


  2. roughseasinthemed
    November 17, 2014

    That looks great. The only thing I like about big soulless hotels is anonymity. But there again, they were usually funded by work, my holidays tended to be in a tent.

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    • lizard100
      November 17, 2014

      It was so peaceful. We really enjoyed it. Id recommend it too!


  3. wscottling
    November 17, 2014

    That looks interesting. I can imagine that it’s very soothing to be on a boat.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      November 17, 2014

      There was very little motion. But it was nice.


  4. starproms
    November 17, 2014

    Ok you’ve sold it to me. My uncle used to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam until he had too many children lol

    Liked by 1 person

  5. BerLinda
    November 17, 2014

    What a great idea πŸ™‚ I’ve used Air BnB a couple of times now and found it great – though there’s a massive sign on one of the buildings here saying to boycott it as they don’t pay taxes in Germany…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Mominthegarden
    November 18, 2014

    Oh that looks and sounds lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. RM.R.
    November 18, 2014

    This looks so nice!

    Liked by 1 person

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