While you’re waiting for me to get round to the full trip report, here’s a panorama of the view from my hotel room in Amsterdam.
Le Meridien Apollo is in a lovely, quiet residential area, twenty minutes or so from the heart of Amsterdam by tram, and just a short walk from the RAI centre where TechEd Europe 2005 took place. It’s a very comfortable hotel, and I was lucky enough to get one of the relatively small number of rooms facing on to the canals.
The hotel bar was just below my room, with tables out on the terrace. On my last morning, I sat out there in the sun, enjoying an espresso and watching the boats on the canals. It seems lots of people go rowing on Saturdays. Well, I think there was a rowing club just to the left…
 Update: over a year later, and I never did get round to that report