After 36 hours of travel we arrived in Amsterdam as the sun rose on 1st September. Trailing our bags we made our way through little streets to our B&B, entranced by low morning light on canals, and people riding bicycles so elegantly. Our host Francois was disconsolate, greeting us with news that our Hidden Church room had been flooded in heavy rain the day before! He had booked a room for us in a nearby hotel, also rather lovely. We spent an hour in the organic NordMarket on the canalside marveling at mushrooms, bread and cheeses, colorful summer fruits, buoyed up by a fresh mint tea and tarte tartin, before wandering down the hotel. The rest of the gorgeous sunny day was rather like a festival, canals thick with boats of all kinds celebrating the sunshine, people everywhere sitting outside drinking and chatting, an atmosphere of goodwill and celebration enveloping all.