Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
Not far from Amsterdam you will find the charming village Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The village is divided in two parts by the river Amstel.
Ouderkerk aan the Amstel is a small village, about 200 years older than Amsterdam. It has many excellent restaurants, and some of them have their terraces at the waterside.
It is a good idea to escape Amsterdam for a moment and have lunch or dinner in this beautiful quiet village.
Near Amsterdam there are a few nice spots. Villages like Nes aan de Amstel and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The latter one is really close to Amsterdam, but that's something that's hard to imagine when you're there. If you like bicycling I'd recommend a tour along those villages. Rent a bike, for instance at the RAI-railwaystation which could be a nice starting point allowing you to stay out of most of the busy traffic.
The Netherlands is a really beautiful country. It has nice landscapes with stunning scenery. This picture is of a windmill we happened across on our trip there.