|Entrance to a houseboat|
All in all, it was a great vacation. Does Amsterdam now top my list of favorite European cities? Not by a long shot. Paris is much more beautiful, London is much more fun, and Rome is much more interesting. Still, it's always fun to experience a new culture and see new things and eat different foods, and the trip has made me start thinking about where I'd like to travel in the future. Prague and Budapest are definitely on the list. My passport is woefully empty of stamps for any of the South American countries. And of course there's Australia and New Zealand. For now, though, I'm back to enjoying life in my own canal-lined city of Punta Gorda.