Hotel Acca/Van Gogh
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O ja, en vanmiddag via Goirle naar Egmond aan Zee.
After checkout at the hotel I went to the metro station to start the journey home. Like Monday the rush hour already started. On the platform were quite long queues at all entrances to the at least 20 wagons. Upon opening the gates I just skipped the queue (as the Chinese themselves do) and after some pushing and shoving I squeezed myself into the metro. Again hardly any space to ...
We are in Amsterdam! It's a pretty large city but luckily it doesn't feel too crazy huge or overwhelming. Well... During the day time at least. We started our road trip yesterday when we picked up our rental car at the airport in Düsseldorf. Then we preceded to drive to the Netherlands. Erika has been amazing at driving in Europe and I have taken in the crucial role if navigator/ GPS interpreter. Our GPS is named Jane. She is the ...
... on the Amsterdam city walking tour. We had a great local guide who helped us get our bearings and taught us some interesting facts. The reason that all of the houses and apartments are so narrow is because taxes used to be charged based on the width of the front of your premises. This resulted in all of buildings being constructed tall and narrow. It caused a problem inside though with there not being much room for staircases. This is why all the staircases that ...
... we wandered towards the Old Jewish Quarter and had a nosy at the flea market on Waterloo Plein. We then stocked up on goodies at the local supermarket, before a final picnic by the canal. It was then time to collect our backpacks and head for the train station, for our 3pm train to Berlin.
Our train trip was a disaster to say the least, but I will leave that to Mr H to explain in another blog!
Thanks for reading and lots of love.
Lyndsey & Martin
... Many of the buildings are crooked, as their foundations are sinking. Some are held up by their neighbours. A lot of the houses along the canals were warehouses and still have their loading hooks on the top floor.
It was a lovely evening, and many people were out in the parks, pubs, and restaurants. Some young 'uns were even swimming in the canal!
We caught a tram home, stopping to buy more groceries, and a beer for me.