SAIL Amsterdam 2015

SAIL Amsterdam is a maritime event taking place every 5 years in Amsterdam, where boats from all over the world come to the Amsterdam harbour for a few days. Some of the ships can then be visited.


Above, IJ River from Houthaven, in Amsterdam West.

Above, view from REM Eiland.

Above, Stenen Hoofd.

Above, Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Above, EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM Tower.

Above, behind Centraal Station, on the way to IJhaven, where most of the boats were mooring.

Above, at IJhaven.

Above, boat at the Maritime Museum.

Above, IJhaven in the morning.

Above, aboard the Belem.

Above, Amsterdam Centraal from the tip of Java Eiland.

Above, last day of SAIL Amsterdam 2015.

Above, on a ferry to Amsterdam Noord.


Boat ride to Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island

After Pier 39, I boarded a boat to have a closer look at the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

Above, the sea lions of Pier 39.

Above, SS Jeremiah O’Brien.

Above, Alcatraz Island.

Above, Golden Gate Bridge.

Above, Palace of Fine Arts (built for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition).

Above, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Above, going around Alcatraz Island.

Above, Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower.

Above, back at Pier 39.

Walk in Amsterdam

Starting in Museumplein, I walked to the canals in the center of Amsterdam. Near Amsterdam Centraal, I took a free ferry across the IJ to Amsterdam North (Noord). I went inside the EYE Filmmuseum then walked along the shore for a bit. I then crossed the IJ again and walked towards the Science Center NEMO.

Above, ice rink in Museumplein.

Above, “I amsterdam” sign in front of Rijksmuseum.

Above, Rijksmuseum.

Above, lobby of Rijksmuseum.

Above, Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).

Above, Nieuwmarkt.

Above, Zeedijk Tempel (Chinese Buddhist Temple) near the Red Light District.

Above, the famous Banana Bar.

Above, Oude Kerk.

Above, Amsterdam Centraal railway station.

Above, on the ferry across the IJ river to Amsterdam North.

Above, EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM tower in Amsterdam North

Above, Amsterdam Centraal railway station.

Above, inside the EYE Filmmuseum.

Above, at the end of the promenade.

Above, crossing the IJ again.

Above, public library.

Above, Science Center NEMO.

Boat tour in Dubai

For my second day in Dubai, I had booked a boat tour with Yellow Boats in advance. The 90min tour goes through the Dubai Marina, the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab, which is a bit further away. I went on the first tour of the day (9am), so there were not a lot of people on the boat.

Above, view of Cayan Tower from the boat, still docked.

Above, a mosque in construction.

Above, Marina Mall.

Above, Yacht Club.

Above, Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Above, abra.

Above, exiting the Dubai Marina.

Above, Jumeirah Beach.

Above, hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.

Above, the Atlantis. We stopped a few minutes for pictures.

Above, Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai in the distance.

Above, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Above, Persian Gulf.

Above, Jumeirah Palm in the distance.

Above, on the way back to the Dubai Marina.

Above, the artificial Logo Island, owned by Dubai’s ruler.

Above, this is the site where the ruler of Dubai parks his superyacht.

Above, under the bridge that leads to the Palm Jumeirah.

Above, reentering the Marina.

Above, Cayan Tower.

Above, back at the docks.

Boat ride on Lac d’Annecy

After looking at the Lac d’Annecy from all angles  from the surrounding mountains or the shore, I decided to go on a cruise. I went for the 2 hour cruise, which goes to all the way to Doussard, at the south of the lake, and back. It makes a few stops on the way so it is possible to hop off and on later, but I just stayed on board for the whole loop.

Above, northern shore of the lake.

Above, castle of Annecy.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Visitation.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, looking south.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, taxi boat.

Above, at Veyrier-du-Lac.

Above, Dents de Lanfon, Lanfonnet and Tournette.

Above, at Menthon.

Above, Palace de Menthon.

Above, Castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, cliffs of Roc de Chère.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, abbaye of Talloires (now a hotel).

Above, at Talloires.

Above, entering the Petit Lac (southern part of Lake Annecy).

Above, Castle of Duingt (Château de Châteauvieux).

Above, Taillefer.

Above, at Angon.

Above, southern shore of the lake.

Above, Taillefer, with Montagne d’Entrevernes and Roc des Boeufs in the background.

Above, former stone quarry on the Taillefer.

Above, marshland of Réserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, at Doussard.

Above, the boat was almost empty before but a lot of people embarked at Doussard.

Above, castle of Duingt from up close.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, at Saint-Jorioz.

Above, beach of Saint-Jorioz, with the Semnoz in the background.

Above, church of Sévrier.

Above, almost back in Annecy.

Above, back on land.