I ruined my surprise for Jeannette when I carelessly added her to my mailing list. Monday, I mentioned I would visit her Tuesday! Duh. It worked out well because her day was busy so she asked me to “surprise” her another day. She has also told Peter to suggest I visit Haarlemmerstraat
in Central Amsterdam. Since I was in Amsterdam last, this West Indian Area of the City has been upgraded to the best Shopping street in the city. So my day started and ended there.
|do you see what I see|
I was to have breakfast at the first restaurant I ate at when I came solo to Europe for the first time in 1988. The nephew of a friend from Phoenix who I had contacted but never met, picked me up at the train station on his bike in the pouring down rain and rode me on the back of his bike with my suitcase to a B & B he had booked for my stay in Amsterdam. I asked for his assistance to get a resident’s viewpoint and knowledge. When I was finished checking in he suggested a lovely Jazz music restaurant that served Dutch breakfast , lunch and dinner across the street.
|My first meal 25 years ago..was here.|
My first meal was Dutch Pancakes…and I’ve been eating there now for 25 years. When I arrived the owner, who , like me has added a few pounds , lost some hair, and a bit older, greeted me like an old friend. He now only serves dinner and has remodeled his little “hole in the wall” . Now there were more tables , no counter, and a piano so he could have “live ” Jazz…his passion.
I went on for breakfast on Haarlemmerstraat Coffee House and Sam’s Breakfast special.