Amsterdam is where umbrellas go to die. We've been here for three days, and for three days it has been cold, wet, and windy. It takes remarkable umbrellamanship (yes it's all one word) to keep one's umbrella alive in this city. I took mine out for a two-hour stroll and had to manouvre it carefully against the wind to keep it all in one piece. Other umbrellas were not so fortunate.