Van der Valk Hotel Ara
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- Swimming pool
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Non-smoking hotel
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... and others. Originally, the 17th century building was the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau. It is now the property of the government of the Netherlands and is listed in the top 100 Dutch heritage sites. Our passionate guide really made this visit memorable. We actually saw Vermeer' s "The Girl in the Pearl Earring" (1665) and "View from Delft" (1660-61) Peter Paul Rubens "Old Woman and Boy with Candles" (1616-17) Fabritios' "The Goldfinch" ...
... and when I said was there another entrance as I couldn't possibly get up them, he put my bag back in the cab and drove me right around to the other entrance free of charge. Such a nice man. Then a porter helped me get my ticket and a young man helped me on the train to Woking. Then a young guard came back to help me off the train, and held it up till he got me off. Again so kind. Then taxi to Andreas in which the driver ...
Last 3 Days of Our Amazing Trip We rode bikes to Aaslmeer in the morning, than headed to the local beach in town. When we got back Kim's mom Miryiam was nice enough to take us out on their boat through the canals of the city. Very cool perspective from the water! For our second to last night we headed into the belly of the beast in Amsterdam, and explored the red light district and the cafes/bars. ...
... and bike traffic near the Central Station but we made it! We rode 50 km. After a quick change Bob and I headed out to explore and got as far as the first museum. We had an hour to check out the Het Scheepvaart Maritime Museum and its Dutch East India replica ship The Amsterdam. After dinner the whole group took a walk and a tram to take a boat cruise through the canals. Touristy but a nice way to end the week with our tour ...
My feet were balloons, and the heat had caused an itchy sweat rash, that later developed into eczema around my ankles. It was still worth it. They wouldn't fit into my sandals. I slept on the sofa, with no cover because of the heat, and didn't hear everyone coming down stairs ...