Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM
(May 18-26, 2007)


(During my Thursday 6.8 mile run)

I stayed in the NH Amsterdam City Center hotel. My first run was 30 minutes after depositing my bags in the room and my last one was a short 2.8 mile run the day before I left this beautiful city.

All my runs were done in the biggest park in Amsterdam. Vondelpark, a few hundred yards away from the hotel entrance, is the most famous park in Holland. Justifiably so. It has small lakes inside with lots of trees and beautiful flowers. The loop I ran is the one that most people run - a 2 mile loop that goes around the perimeter of this lovely park.

This is what I ran during the 7 days I was there:
Saturday 4.8 miles
Sunday 5.3 miles
Monday 6.8 miles
Tuesday 4.8 miles
Wednesday 4.8 miles
Thursday 6.8 miles
Friday 2.8 miles

The weather was perfect all those days. Sunny 65-70 degrees F. I could not have asked for better conditions or a better location.

A few pictures of me during my Thursday run appear below.


(Starting out. The entrance to the park just visible to the right of the bus)


(Just past the 0.7-mile mark of the loop)


(Approaching the 1.5 mile point in the 2-mile loop)

10 comments:

Unawoken said...

Nice! Hope you had a great time there!

Eudemus said...

Very cool! I have never been to Amsterdam, but I love traveling and running in new cities. I especially being up early and seeing the city in the morning before things really get going. Hope you had a great trip!

Rajeev said...

Vinay & Steve,

I had a blast. What a city!!

Rajeev

miki said...

Wow. Very nice. I agree with Steve about early morning. One of the best times I had was walking around Florence having my fill of the sights without the crowds. It was just me, street cleaners ,and early morning delivery folks.

Rajeev said...

Miki,

You are so right! No better way to get the feel of a new city than to watch it wake up. I love early morning runs in new places.

Thank you for stopping by.

Rajeev

Chihping Fu 傅治平 (超馬阿爸) said...

Welcome back!

You still had great weekly mileage even when you're on vacation. It seems that you were the only runner, but all others were riding bikes.

Chihping

anil said...

What a park. nice pics

Rajeev said...

Anil,

The city is beautiful.

Rajeev

Peter Lubbers said...

Great to see some pictures of my home country again! The Vondelpark is a great place.
Take care, Rajeev,
Pete

Rajeev said...

Pete,

Have you run in Vondelpark? Sounds like you have. I agree. I loved that park. It felt great to run in it.

Rajeev