Day 15 - Day 2, TTEE 2008. Amsterdam - Rhineland

Trip Start Jul 27, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Day 2, TTEE 2008.  Amsterdam - Rhineland (Ludwigshafen)
What a wonderful hotel that was last night.  The room was awesome, nice size and better because I had it to myself.    Our first stop this morning was Glassan Diamonds in Amsterdam which was lovely.  Interesting to see the way in which diamonds are cut, polished and cleaned.  Now we are heading away from Holland (The Netherlands) to Germany where we will be in Cologne for lunch.
Leaving Amsterdam I am looking at the people heading to work on their push bikes.  This is for the number one mode of transport here in Holland.  Also, I must mention the houseboats that people live on that line the canals here.  It really is an amazing place. 
We have now left Holland behind and are driving through Germany.  Again we have to pay to pee here.  €0.50.  You get a ticket, here at our first stop and you get a refund, or the money off your purchase when you buy something in store.
The German countryside is so picturesque.  The houses have pointed roofs, large points.  I feel humbled by the beauty of all the countries that I have been to and through so far.  It is so much like home, the only difference, that I can pick up on whilst driving between here and home, is that here we are driving on the wrong sire of the road.
So in Koln (Cologne) for lunch we had an hour to walk around.  I ate a salami, tomato and lettuce roll.  Which was so yummy.  I am now trying a pretzel - a real bread pretzel, salty but yummy.  We checked of the gothic church here which is amazing.  The outer structure is breathtaking & the inside and the inside is just as huge.
This afternoon we are going to be doing a cruise along the Rhine River for an hour or so.  This sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun, seeing all the castles.  We have been driving along the Rhine for a while now and the scenery again is spectacular.  With mountains, flats, towns and castles this is one gorgeous piece of countryside.
The river Rhine is fed from glacier melting and on its best or warmest day gets to around 17-20˚.  It flows very fast too which is the biggest problem for the swimmers.
The castles along the river are amazing, some are even converted into Hotels.  Although certainly wasn't the best of feelings seeing four German bomber planes fly directly over the top of our ferry.
So we are heading to the town where our hotel is and it is raining...  TYPICAL!!!!
Oh boy.  Here I am in my room - I am alone yet again...  Here in Ludwigshafen.  These rooms are awful compared to the Doriant, from last night!!!  Mmm not a nice place at all, dinner sucked too.
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