Hampshire Hotel - Prinsengracht
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Woke at 8am after 5 hours sleep and enjoyed the usual breakfast before venturing to Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the province of North Holland. It has a collection of well preserved historic windmills and houses.We caught Bus 91 at a small cost of 10 Euro for the 4 of us …
... we had to pass the time in the airport instead of exploring. I tacked it on to the end of my itinerary in mainland Europe now just because it looked pretty in pictures and It was mind of en-route between Berlin and Yorkshire, but having spent 3 days here, I can say that the 8 hours in transit would have been enough, had it not been snowing last time.
Amsterdam was the first city on this trip in which I had struggled to ...
I woke up with a hangover, I'd initially planned to get up at 08:00 am to see the Anne Frank House. I didn't leave the Hostel until after 10:00 am, when I finally got there, the queue was long. I had to wait over an hour in line. I spent just over an hour in the Museum, I didn't take any photos as I was too pre-ocuppied (and I was also nursing a hangover). I stopped briefly at the Gift Shop, I didn't ...
... whacked me and shouted "NO!" Then proceeded to cry out the window "Duck duck, duck duck" in the most desperate voice you can imagine. A couple of highlights were the narrowest house in Amsterdam (1.5 meters wide!), Anne Franks house, house boats and the maritime museum. That afternoon we strolled through the red light district, famous for its brothels and the women sitting in the windows. It was interesting to me that most of the women we saw were ...
... in line to gain admission (good news!).
This museum has done a superb job of telling the story of the Dutch masters (Rembrandt, Vermeer, among others). With the multimedia headsets, we learned the stories behind some of the famous works. All in all, a fabulous morning – followed by lunch at the museum cafe – a sampling of Dutch cheeses. With over 8,000 articles of art, it would take ...