The Amstel is the principle river that runs on the east side of Amsterdam and south through a small part of The Netherlands. You will see huge barges moving goods, requiring each and every draw bridge to be drawn. But on a summery afternoon in August, a parade of boats, filled with what I call “Dutch Sunburned” bodies (imagine lobster-colored people), tote their loungers up and down the river. All shades of red and all types of boats present. I even saw a sail boat, yet I wondered about its functionality in such a location.
For those determined to stay on land, it is lovely for biking, and you can easily reach Ouder Amstel where the Ouder Kerk is located. What surprises me each trip is how pastoral it is while remaining just 30 minutes biking from the city.