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Our last day in Amsterdam was spent touring the Holland countryside. We explored a working windmill from the 1600s (grinding lime for lining soccer fields, and various pigments from stones and roots for making paints). At one time there were over 5000 windmills in Holland and fortunately nearly 1000 still survive. The majority of early windmills were used to pump water to reclaim land from sea and lakes. Over half of The Netherlands is below sea level. ...
... after a sleep in meant joining a long line halfway around the block but it moved reasonably quickly. It is amazing to think so many people lived in such a small space for so long and quite an emotional place to visit. Being cat lovers we couldn't resist visiting the Pozenboot canal boat which is home to many of the city's homeless cats. A lovely sunny spot on the canals and some secured outdoor space to play made for some very happy looking cats. We spent the ...
... are statistically the tallest nationals in the world. The Rijksmuseum itself has been recently remodeled and is quite grand with beautiful grounds containing a long green park in front with the Van Gogh Museum and a modern art museum along the east side of the same park. We went early this morning to the Van Gogh, very minimalist in architectural design, which serves to enhance the exhibition of the nearly 200 paintings. These were the works which were ...
So here goes, 4-months in the making, our official Best and Worst of Europe – enjoy!
Best roads: Germany
Worst Roads: Czech Republic
Cheapest country: Czech Republic
Most Expensive Country: Switzerland
Friendliest Country: Czech Republic
Unfriendliest Country: France and Belguim tied
Best Public Transport: Germany, Netherlands and France tied (if London was an option that would have taken ...
... few more beers at the hotel bar and some drunken Facebook posts it was most definitely time for bed.
Day 2 started early and after a couple advils I was ready to go. Today's first stop was the Anne Frank House. First we needed a little breakfast so we went into the little cafe right next door. Juice, pastries, coffee and hot chocolate was had by all. Because we had bought our tickets in advance on-line we were able to bypass the queue and head right in. This was ...