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Westerkanaal

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14 travelers at this place:

  • Day18

    Amsterdam

    January 1 in the Netherlands

    After a canal tour and walking tour we enjoyed our last dinner on the boat followed by a party and then the most wonderful fireworks that we were surrounded in from up on the top deck wirh champagne...magnificent night..

  • Day18

    Amsterdam

    January 1 in the Netherlands

    Well we left the ship today for our hotel here in Amsterdam..not overly thrilled with the place..we caught taxi into the city with a couple from the ship and we went to a dept store which they say is like Harrods. .it was pretty spec. Then we went up to the skydeck in the Hilton and had a drink and nachos. ..great view..we have booked a tour to Rotterdam tomorrow. .

  • Day19

    Grand Holland Tour

    January 2 in the Netherlands

    Today we had one of our best days...a long day but well worth it...we stopped at the Hague..a beautiful city wirh the peace palace there...then a miniature park Madurodam...then a gorgeous little town Delft...loved it here...a stop at the Royal Delft ceramic factory...then Rotterdam up the Euro mast tower...a drive around the city and a stop at some amazing indoor markets..very different...Rotterdam is a bit more modern but loved it ....Read more

  • Day86

    A 12 km Stroll

    March 26 in the Netherlands

    We set a record today as we wandered through the streets and along the canals of Amsterdam, another great European city. Again, there are so many tourists here, especially in the central area of the city. I had planned to get an apartment for our 4 night stay here but they were very expensive and the 3 and 4 storey buildings don’t have elevators, a deal-breaker with all our baggage. Our hotel is a 10 minute walk to the train station and the city centre. No big breakfast buffet included here so we picked up bagels across the street at a small bagel cafe. It was sunny and 10 degrees so we took full advantage of the nice weather, walking over 15,000 steps or 12 km. At 5 o’clock we hopped on a one hour canal cruise to end our very active day.

    This is what I learned about the canals. The houseboats dump their sewage directly into the canal so the city opens the canal gates 3 times a week to allow fresh water to flush the canals. Every year 15,000 - 20,000 bikes are fished out of the canals. And there are an average of 15 drownings a year....men found with their pant zipper down. Guys, this is not your personal toilet! After learning this, the canals seemed less romantic.
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  • Day85

    Travel Day - Cologne to Amsterdam

    March 25 in the Netherlands

    We loaded our luggage into Uwe’s car and they took us to see Schloss Drachenburg Castle, about 40 minutes out of the city. It was a very steep uphill climb, about 2 km, to the castle with an interesting history. It was built in 1882 by a wealthy man who made his fortune in the stock exchange but he never lived there. Over the years it was a hotel and resort complex, a Christian boys boarding school, a Nazi elite school, and eventually in 1982 a national monument. It wasn’t renovated and opened to the public until 2010. All the signage was in German only so we just looked at all the rooms admiring the elegance. There were good views of the Rhine but it was a slightly hazy day.

    Time for another late lunch at a brewery so that John could enjoy some locally brewed beer served in the tiniest glasses. The server will continue to bring a new glass of beer until the customer puts a coaster on top of his glass, indicating that he doesn’t want a refill. Apparently it’s easy to lose track of how much beer you’ve consumed. This day, I set the limit at 3. There’s a reason Alyssa calls me the “party police”!

    The train terminal was a short walking distance away and Cheryl and Uwe stayed with us until our train arrived. I guess our travel stories had convinced them that we needed supervision to make sure we didn’t miss our train! We had a wonderful but short visit in Cologne and were very much impressed with Cheryl and Uwe’s hospitality and generosity. They are both coming to Canada in April so we’ll be seeing them again very soon in Winnipeg.
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  • Day86

    The Other Amsterdam

    March 26 in the Netherlands

    Prostitution has been legal here since 2000. The red light district surrounds what was once a church but is now used as a theatre. There were many window-shoppers! One woman tapped on her window as John passed by and he gave her a smile and a wave. The red neon light above the window indicates that the prostitute is available. There are more than 300 windows in 3 districts. Better working conditions and safety for the women seems to work well here.

    The smoke shops that sell marijuana are being reined in. In recent years the numbers have dropped from 350 to just 167 because the government has instituted proximity rules that forbid smoke shops near schools. Now some are concerned that this will force the drugs back to street dealers with loss of control over the industry and increased crime rates. We’ll soon see how effective Canada’s new laws will be.
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