Leaving home at 11 am and driving to Gatwick airport for our journey to Amsterdam. The flight takes about 45 minutes so no sooner are you up in the air reading your magazine and having a coffee you are touching down again.
We knew we had to get a train to Amsterdam central so we followed the signs for train and metro. The hardest part was getting the tickets, there were lots of machines and you changed it to English to read but they would not take notes only coins. As we had just landed obviously we didn’t have any change only notes so I had to use my UK bank card to buy the tickets. Then after reading the timetables we head for platform 3 and waited a few minutes for the train. The journey takes about 15 minutes. We were surprised to see double decker trains there as we don’t have them in the UK.
Arriving at Amsterdam central we then look for tram number 16, this is not easy. There are many exits from the station and many tram stops as these appear to be the way people travel there. We ask someone where tram 16 stops and they direct us out of the station and turn left, walking to stop number 4. The 16 tram arrives and we get on, we do not know how to get a ticket, no machines, no ticket seller. We then have to ask someone where our stop is as we just have a name of the road, he is very kind and tells us it is about 5 stops.
Getting off the tram and no we didn’t pay as there were no signs and no where to pay. By this time it is dark, we ask someone directions for number 33 and the hotel, he directs us to the left. After walking up there a bit we see the numbers are going up so we turn round and walk the other way, eventually arriving at out hotel about 7.30 pm.
Outside our hotel there was a charger for the electric cars, I guess we will start seeing more of these over here in the UK soon. The hotel was lovely and after going out for pizza we settle down for the night. First stop in the morning was The Van Gogh Museum which we could walk to as was very close.
I was surprised that it covered over three floors, I never realised he had painted so many pictures. You could see the way his style changed as he got older and the different painters he followed. Izzy liked the blue one and I liked the bed, that screen changed through about six of his paintings.
Coffee was the next stop and then we decided we should have a pancake as they looked and smelt so good.
Izzy tried the tea just about everywhere we went, was a bit strange getting a marshmallow with it.
The architecture was so amazing on some of the buildings and I loved the house boats on the canals but no more are allowed as there are 2,500 already so they are never sold just handed down in the family. So many canals and 1,200 bridges over them! The Protestant church by The Anne Frank house has an 84 meter tower and it is wonderful inside where you can go and sit or look around for free.
As we had booked our tickets into the places I had them on my phone so we did not have to wait and just walked in at our allocated time. Anne Frank was amazing and well worth seeing while you are there.
We went to the flower market, cheese museum, street market and saw the handbag museum from the canal boat trip but did not get time to go there.
The variety of tea you get everywhere is really good and in some ways better than here.
Izzy introduced me to the lush shop so I have bought myself a pink oil bomb but not tried it yet. So that was our 4 wonderful days full of culture that we both enjoyed so very much. We came home to a wonderful sky.