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Dam Square

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  • Day28

    Canal cruise

    April 22, 2017 in the Netherlands

    On the first day we left the boat in the morning to go on a cruise of Amsterdam canals in a glass topped boat. Given the city has hundreds of miles of canals it is a great way to see the city. There were many lovely views and the perspective on the water was different from when walking.

    The city is built on soggy ground so many of the older buildings are crooked and look a little drunk. Fascinating for me from an earthquake prone city to see these buildings still allowed to be lived in.

    Bikes are everywhere in a city designed to be either cycled or floated around. From the canal boat, you saw them chained to every spare space there was and hundreds are fished out of the water by a special boat each day.
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  • Day27

    On The Sapphire

    April 21, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Today I boarded my new home for the next fortnight. The Sapphire is a floating hotel with 150 passengers and 40 crew on board. It is very luxurious with opening sliding doors in most of the rooms. There is a large dining room and a separate bar/lounge area plus a sundeck on top. Plenty of space and it rarely feels crowded.

    When cruising there is very little noise and you glide along the river with a neverending changing scenery to look at. A great way to move from place to place and so much better than a bus!

    The food and service from the staff is absulutly brilliant and they have great senses of humour. Somehow the group of people I made friends with have turned out to be the ones who are last to go to bed after a few drinks in the lounge. Strange that...
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  • Day246

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    January 14 in the Netherlands

    We took a thirty minute train ride from Utrecht to Amsterdam to meet up with our friends from New Zealand, Joon and Trixie, who are currently traveling around Europe. We wandered the city during the day (mostly dodging the masses of tourists) and toured the Heineken brewery. We learned all about the Heineken brand and how beer is made. In the evening we took a boat tour through the canals to see the Festival of Lights. It was fantastic spending time with Joon and Trixie, especially because the last time we saw them was at their wedding in New Zealand.Read more

  • Day172

    Amsterdam!

    September 9, 2015 in the Netherlands

    We eventually escaped from husky prison and make a break for Amsterdam.

    Its Sukis second time in Amsterdam and Travs first. We spend the first day cycling through the city on fixies- the city is very well equipped for cycling! We head to the local brewery for a few bevvies and wander around the Jordaan and the canals. A great steak for dinner, then off to the popular "Wynard Focker" bar to sample the local liqueur Jenever, and a few of the cocktail concoctions made by all the local liqueurs- our gay bartender Andre is hilarious and gives us loads of free tastings :-) We walk away with 2 bottles of the "Half and Half" liqueur. Then of course the obligatory walk through the red light district to check out the "working girls" in the windows and the numerous coffee shops selling marijuana. Being a Monday night, most of the girls looked quite bored sitting in their windows, although the "sexy librarian" look (high ponytail, glasses, neon underwear) seemed to be the latest fashion trend. There is a lot or stigma attached to Amsterdam, the legal marijuana and the prostitution, but we found those aspects to only form a small part of the city (probably because we didn't partake in either of the above!)

    Day 2 we took a day trip out to Zaanse Schans, a cute little village with a bunch of old fashion dutch windmills set along the river. We discover that this must be where old people go to holiday- the average age of most of the tourists we saw must have been over 60! Its a nice walk and we pop into a little cheese factory and take advantage of the free cheese samples.. Yum!

    Back to Amsterdam that afternoon and we make a visit to the "Red Light Secrets" museum, which gives us a behind the scenes insight into "the oldest profession in history". It was very interesting actually, and we discover a few cool facts- there are 400 plus windows in the district and the girls pay 150euro per 10hour shift to hire the room. The going rate per visit is 50euro. The average visit lasts just 6 minutes!

    Its an early night for us as Trav is feeling a little sick and we have another long travel day ahead of us. We pick up some groceries for dinner and also stumble across the cheapest Hoegaarden beer we have ever seen- normally $20 for a 4 pack in Australia, we pick up a 6 pack here for 3.80euro- Bargain!!
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  • Day2

    Cycling paradise

    June 2 in the Netherlands

    For once, i wasn't the only person assembling a bike at the airport! There were SIX other people traveling with their bikes!

    Naturally, it poured rain on me and i got lost in the 20 miles between the airport and my campground. But! It didn't matter, because there was a bike lane the entire way from the terminal to my tent.

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  • Day2

    Amsterdam

    April 11 in the Netherlands

    unfortunately Ann Frank museum not accessible today, but the city is beautiful in the April sun.Look carefully at the first picture ..that is about a million bikes in the park above the boat. The wee red car is brilliant, saw a few around the city, some were chained to railings like bikes (in case you put it in your pocket and walked off with it.)

  • Day10

    Amsterdam

    June 29, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Well, we arrived to Amsterdam, after a long bus ride.

    We walked around the city -until we got to the Van Gough museum! Absolutely spectacular to see.

    Afterwards, we shopped a little and took in the beauty of the side way buildings in Amsterdam (not forgetting our free beauty treatment at Lush). We had a late lunch at this very quaint and welcoming pizzeria (we also had enough for dinner). The restaurant offered us a complimentary garlic bread.

    Once returning to the hostel, we took time to relax and catch up with the reality of home.

    Tomorrow - we have our bike tour! Wish us luck with our biking technique! ✌
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  • Day4

    Day 4 - Departing Amsterdam

    June 21, 2016 in the Netherlands

    On our final day in Amsterdam, we found a cute coffee shop that served very good third wave coffee (Back to Black), then wandered the De Pijp neighborhood and ate breakfast at The Meets where I enjoyed some great juice. We then moseyed on to the Rijkmuseum (the national art museum) where we took in paintings by some of the great Dutch masters (Rembrandt Van Rijn, Johann Vermeer and Jan Steen). The pictures of us on the oversized letters are taken in the back of the Rijksmuseum where the letters spell out IAMSTERDAM. After, we walked around the city some more to kill time before our train at 8pm. We found a quaint old pub near the train station, Arendsnest (Stork's nest). The bartender there was amazing. We asked if we could buy a sausage and some cheese "to go" in preparation for the overnight train ride (we booked a sleeper car for our trip from Amsterdam to Munich). He prepared a great picnic set for us, including an old cutting board from the bar, a real knife to cut our sausage and cheese, a generous amount of mustard in an old jar (secured with duct tape), and a little metal spoon to serve the mustard. This was definitely far more than we had expected. This was a great complement to the beer I bought "to go", which was made by a young brewer in Amsterdam who specializes in sour beers.Read more

  • Day124

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    May 31, 2017 in the Netherlands

    As we expected getting up this morning was a challenge. We managed to get off the ship at around 9:30am though giving us enough time to explore a bit before Jackson had to start work at 12pm. The best way I can describe what I saw of Amsterdam is a dirtier version of Venice with cyclists EVERYWHERE! We followed the canals around stopped to get some ice cream before heading back. We found a Subway just outside the cruise terminal so of course we also had to get subs and cookies for lunch before Jackson started work.

    Now I'm sitting in the very nice cruise terminal using the free wifi to update my phone and computer. My computer has a few updates since I haven't updated it since I left home months ago.
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  • Day4

    Amsterdam

    June 13, 2016 in the Netherlands

    The morning started with a bike ride just a bit scary though John was going be wiped out as he kept on riding on the wrong ride side and also looking the wrong way.

    The bike ride was only short as we decided to leave to the locals they are much better riding around the tiny cobbled laneways.

    After the ride around the area near our Hotel the long walk around the city began. We walked all the way to the other side of the city as Amsterdam is very flat which makes it easy to walk everywhere.

    Lots of lovely houses and cute laneways.
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Dam Square, Dam Platz, le Dam, Dam

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