Amsterdam, Holland – Day 1:
Two stops, two train changes and 1 hour 30 minutes later, we’re in Amsterdam. A quick stop at at the “Information booth” and we split …. Gerda, Brian and Brad to the hotel, Shayne, Christa, Taylan and Harlow off to their VRBO. Roughly a kilometer apart.
After a break to cleanup, we meet up near “Ripley’s – Believe It or Not” museum and go for dinner (believe it or not).
Afterwards we take the canal cruise to see some of the city sights from the water. The kids loved it …. next we wandered through some of the store side streets …. unfortunately a lot were closing or had already closed, so we went back to one of the pastry shops for sweet treats.
Back to the hotel for Brian and Gerda; Christa took the kids back to their rooms and Brad & Shayne did a stroll about the “Red Light” district ….. we have pictures for most of the sights except for that one!
Amsterdam, Holland – Day 2:
The Grad family (Christa, Shayne, Taylan & Harlow) and Brad went to view the “Ann Franck” house.
Taylan has planned this part of the trip, for months now, to help him with a 2018-9 school project. He loved it … the site is now much bigger than when we went their in 2005. It now occupies three building and has a museum.
We were supposed to have a coffee before meeting them near the house, but Brian got us lost. As usual Gerda finally figured it out.
When they were finished the tour, the whole clan gathered at the “The Pancake Crew” restaurant for …… you guessed it – pancakes. So many sweat and savory choices.
Next stop the Amsterdam “Flea Market”, a block-long eclectic mix of homemade and commercial stalls, selling everything from food to jewellery to clothing and so much more.
On the way there, we stopped to listen to a small baroque string quartet (with an accordion player), playing Vivaldi’s the “Four Seasons” ….. actually quite entertaining!
Next we posed and postured for “I amsterdam” opportunity pics. Brad was the only one to climb the “I”, and did a lateral posture on the “t”, bravo!
The flea market was interesting. Afterwards we wandered back to the hotel along the canal beside the Casino. A stop for a wirbeer and frits outside …. a rest in ou room and then find the Grads (we lost them in the flea market).
When we finally found them, they were going to visit the “Ripley’s” museum. We went shopping, cause they would be at least an hour. There are way too many places to shop! When we got back to the meeting place, they were still enjoying the museum, so we wandered looking for a place to have dinner (by now it was 8:30) ….. again way too places to eat. We finally picked a quaint little Chinese restaurant – the service was good and the food excellent. The Grads happened bye, but didn’t want Chinese food, and continued on their way.
By the time we finished it was close to 10pm and time to head back to the hotel. Amazing how fast the time flies when you walk everywhere. Earlier to bed since we would need to be up and packed early so we could eat and get to the train station on time.
Well, that was a quick visit through Holland! Even though it was only 7 days, it felt more like a full week.
We move to the French leg of our journey. Paris next stop!