Van Der Valk Hotel Vianen
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The last morning in Paris and there was just time to visit the cemetery of Père Lachaise. It's the biggest cemetery in central Paris and holds the graves of many of the great and famous amongst the million or so bodies lying there. It also has the wall against which the last of the Communards were shot in 1871 as reprisals for their brief but …
The lay day was wasted. A bit of snow and no wind. It was windy overnight so i think the forecast was 12 hours out. Nice to have a day off. Especialy as the gas bottle ran out. No chance of getting it refilled as its a spanish fitting. So i dipped into the brambles in my pocket and bought a dutch bottle and regulator. We got away early as planned. The canal was frozen. Just ...
Seven of the group started the day at 5:30 am and scarfed down breakfast so that we could hustle to Amsterdam Centraal on foot in time to catch an early bus to Aalsmeer -- the famous flower auction which is not to be missed. Walt and Sue (suspiciously?) declined. We arrived to find the doors locked. The auction is only open to tourists Monday - Friday. This was all quite clear in Caroline's ...
... wall still standing, particularly the section of wall that is now an art gallery, with murals generally themed around images relating to freedom and peace.
It also felt very weird to cycle around pleasant looking areas of park and open space, which we knew were once the 'death strip' - the area between the walls (there were really two, running parallel to each other), full of barb wire and patrolling soldiers, ...
... at 9 or 9:30pm and take our chances. We were quite disappointed and left to consider our options. Morry remembered that our contact in Toronto had been friends with the owner, so we went back inside to see if we could pull some strings. Of course, we only had the name of our contact, not the name of the owner, so that proved to be somewhat of an embarrassing bust. The second time around, she was only slightly warmer, perhaps sensing our desperation, but in the end, the party ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVan Der Valk Hotel Vianen
Good size room, comfortable and clean
Excellent dinner and breakfast
Very friendly and helpful staff
Easy to find, but a car is necessary
Very convenient stopping place on the North-South journey
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