Hotel de Palatijn
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- Drycleaning onsite
- Minbar in room
- Continental Breakfast
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Reduced mobility rooms
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We had a lovely welcome from' Mr Happy' who relieved us of the fees straight away and then informed us a shower would cost 50cents each, but he would not charge us the tourist tax!
We later found out that hot water in the washing up and washing sinks cost 50c a ...
... of our weight. (Not everything is shared in this blog so you do not get the results.)
We toured the cheese museum, had another cup of coffee in the market square where we could watch all the action, then headed back across the ferry to our car and drove across the big sea dike that holds back the water of the Zuider zee, and as they say in Holland, keeps their feet dry.
We arrived at the town of Franaker in the province of Friesland about 2:30 ...
... street near Vondelpark. According to my father it was built in the 1890's. He was a carpenter and built many family homes in Amsterdam. Originally a canal ran along side the country road then the canal was filled in between 1880-1885. After @20 years the ground settled enough to lay streetcar tracks. As you can see in the attached picture the tiny house sits between two apartment buildings. I am not sure if that was the original layout but it is funny to see. It is really great ...
... right station. Close to an hour after I left Amsterdam, I found myself in Den Haag, which actually had these things called skyscrapers, you know, those things that capital cities usually seem to have. Except Amsterdam, and judging by the lean on their 3 storey towers, it's probably a good thing. Once the train arrived, I deployed my considerable navigation skills (I'm good with maps), and found my way to the offices of SWOV, which is the institute for ...
... and it is supposed to be cloudy/rainy the next couple of days. The canal cruise was fun and the city is beautiful. There are houseboats along the canals where people live year round. Some look luxurious and some not so much. We decided we were tired and had enough large meals (for a while). We went to a market, bought some bread, cheese and wine and went back to the hotel for a very relaxed and cozy ...