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The Netherlands.

Rembrandt Square - Amsterdam

Rembrandt Square - Amsterdam

The Netherlands.

I've only been to the Netherlands once and that was in 1986. I had been working as an au pair in Finland and at the end of my contract had intended to fly back to the U.K. but my boyfriend (now my husband) suggested we travelled back together by train. It was the start of many wonderful travelling adventures together.

We travelled from Helsinki to Stockholm in Sweden; travelled down to Helsinbors in the south of Sweden, then crossed to Denmark. In Denmark we visited Helsinore and stayed three nights in Copenhagen. From Copenhagen we travelled to Hamburg where we spent a day then left by overnight train to Amsterdam. We stayed in a small hotel in Amsterdam for one night before travelling to the Hook of Holland and taking a ferry to Harwich. I have no idea why we have never made it back to the Netherlands. We both enjoyed our visit to Amsterdam and hopefully will make it back some time.

From this trip I remember the following things. We arrived at Amsterdam Centraal Station. We found a place to stay. We saw the Royal Palace, lots of canals, the Sex Museum and the flower market. We also went on a boat tour of Amsterdam which was a bit of a disaster for me. The problem was I had only had a couple of hours sleep on a train from Hamburg the night before. We decided, though we had very little money, to spend a substantial amount of it on a canal cruise. Before we got on the boat we bought rolls, cheese, cold meat and grolsch lagers and had a picnic in the park. It was a very hot day; the lack of sleep, heat and lager made me drowsy. I remember getting on the tour boat and an announcement that welcomed us onboard, next thing I knew the announcement was about a wailing tower from which women waved their husbands or sons off to sea, unsure if and when they would ever see them again. Then we were thanked for joining the cruise and told to get off. I was outraged because as far as I was concerned I had just got on. But no .... I had got on and instantly fallen into a deep sleep. Peter had nudged me, shaken me, slapped me, punched me, but nothing would wake me up. I missed the whole tour and Peter was furious about the waste of money that involved. Ooops!

The other thing I remember is that we had our first ever Indonesian meal here. Neither of us knew anything about Indonesian food, so we were very excited about this. I just picked a name I liked the sound of and to my bitter disappointment ended up with a plate of fried rice with a fried egg on top. I guess it must have been nasi goreng but for some reason this one had no satay or prawn crackers just rice and egg. The most boring meal ever. I cannot remember what Peter had but it was a lot more exciting than mine. Overall we had an enjoyable time in Amsterdam. I remember tall, narrow gabled buildings lining canals, boats and bridges and bicycles.

Canals.

One of the most enjoyable things to do in Amsterdam was simply to stroll along the sides of some of the canals. From here it is possible to view some lovely buildings, lots of canal boats and bridges. A fun way to pass the time.

Canals - Amsterdam

Canals - Amsterdam

Canal, Amsterdam. - Amsterdam

Canal, Amsterdam. - Amsterdam

Different Beers.

The Dutch brew some very good beers. The most famous ones are Grolsch, with its wonderful resealable bottle, Heineken and Amstel. Looking through the few photos my husband had of our trip to Amsterdam, I found a lovely picture of some Amstel being delivered by horse drawn carriage.

Different Beers

Different Beers

Flowers.

The Netherlands is strongly associated with flowers and visiting the flower fields in spring is another item on my to do list. During our trip to Amsterdam we enjoyed taking a stroll through the lovely flower market.

Flowers - Amsterdam

Flowers - Amsterdam

Bridges.

Apparently Amsterdam has more than one thousand two hundred bridges. These come in all shapes and sizes so they make a good photo themselves as well as being good vantage points from which to take photos.

Bridge in Amsterdam. - Amsterdam

Bridge in Amsterdam. - Amsterdam

Bridge in Amsterdam. - Amsterdam

Bridge in Amsterdam. - Amsterdam

Canals, boats and bridges. - Amsterdam

Canals, boats and bridges. - Amsterdam

Posted by irenevt 00:07 Archived in Netherlands

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You should certainly go back. I've been 3 times, 1950, 2009 and 2018

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Rosalie, Maybe one day!! I'd like to go back to Luxembourg, too.

by irenevt

I see you had a wonderful stay in Netherlands. I know I have to visit my friends Ali and Co in Emmen some day...

by Vic_IV

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