Last day in Amsterdam and arriving in Bruges
Trip Start Dec 24, 2013
76Trip End Apr 24, 2014
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The mood was somber in our little two pack... We were so saddened by the story behind the museum which really came to life in there. We decided to take the red bus tour to central station because of course sitting on the top of an open top bus is always fun!!
From central station we took a canal cruise. We sauntered down the canals exploring Amsterdam's waterways. It's amazing how they used dams to create Amsterdam. We passed the beautiful church named after the patron saint of seafarers St. Nicholas which they say protects the harbor. We also had to have a little kiss under the bridge which means you will be in love forever!! I really mean HAD TO because Eli has man flu aka a cold but his world is ending. The houses are really beautiful made from local bricks apparently the land here is the worst to build on because it's marsh land so they used to stick wood in the ground and build on that... No wonder some of the houses lean to the extent one street is actually commonly known as the dancing street. You can really tell the homes of the wealthy as they have intricate stone detail, this is especially true of the home of Botelli a famous architect. It was nice to see people sitting outside the little charming pubs and cafés watching the world go by.
After the river cruise we went to the "urban windmill" that was used for grain
Our final stop was the "iamsterdam" sign. Naturally I decided to climb on it like all the other tourists and nearly broke my neck but it was a good laugh, look out for me on you've been framed (it's a funny British show when they show clips of home videos and people doing funny things). We passed vondelpark and took a couple of pictures there.
We collected our bags from the hotel and headed for our bus to the station. I then saw the bus coming towards us, the driver must have noticed the poor girl dragging her sick boyfriend, two suitcases and a backpack and took pity, he stopped and let us on. I tried to take my coffee on, got told to get rid of it so I turned round to put it outside as I did it spilt. Don't think he liked me much! We left the two coffees at the side of the road, Fingers crossed a homeless person finds them before they are run over by a bike.
We got to the station and boarded the train to Brussels. The train staff are so lovely and moved us in to our own carriage with eight seats and no one else in there. I hope the man flu isn't contagious
In conclusion, Amsterdam is pretty with lots of beautiful buildings. We would definitely go back in the future in the summer time to see more of the museums and the canals as I imagine they are full of hustle and bustle. I must confess I will not miss the bicycles. The people ride them thinking they are kings of the road... I have had to save Eli's life several times as they law to themselves and he had a thing for stepping into the path of the trams. Joking aside - we are having an amazing adventure so far.