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5 days in Holland

Day 5 - Amsterdam

sunny 28 °C
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Today, after a big Dutch breakfast, we got ready for our trip to Amsterdam with Jan and Katja. We left in 2 cars and set off on the highway to Amsterdam ArenA, home of the famous soccer team AJAX(not the cleaning product), where we would park our car and train it the rest of the way to Amsterdam.

After about an hour and a half of driving (and one wrong turn by Jan) we parked the cars and headed for the train station. We took some photos of the "I AMSTERDAM" letters as below.
After figuring out the Ticketing system, we boarded a train for the countries capital in a rather packed train (not as bad as Connex peak hour though) and it was about 5 or so stations till Amsterdam Central station. Unfortunately there was quite alot of construction going on at the station so we had to go out a side exit. Here is a Stock photo of central station as it should be. We were amazed at all the bikes parked near the station and people riding around.

We made our way to the Anne Frank Museum and stopped off for lunch at great cafe near one of the many canals. It was a really lovely day to sit outside with our meals.

When we got to the Anne Frank Museum, there was a line going all the way around the corner, moving slower that a stoned snail, but we jumped in line and soaked up some sun. After about 30 mins of waiting we were inside. It was a really well done exhibition.

We walked through the Dam where there were hundreds of people (and pigeons) and had a look in too many souvenir shops (so many clogs...).

At about 6pm we went for a walk through the Red Light District, which was a real eye opener. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos there but I have a photographic memory!

After that we had some dinner on the run (Cat and I had like this weird sausage in pizza bread thing with chicken and other toppings on it, but it was still quite tasty), and made our way to the boat for the canal cruise. It went for about an hour and was a great ending to a long day of walking around. Here are some of the photos from it.

After the canal cruise we went back on the train to the stadium, where we found out it had closed and wasn't going to be open until 6:30am the next day, but we managed to find a way in. The next problem was that Jan, Mary-Anne and Liz couldn't find their car. But after a while of walking around for it they found it on another level (none of them realised they had come down some stairs?).

We walked in the door of Henny and Riky's Place at about midnight and went straight to bed... it was a long day.

Posted by chris_cat 11:32 Archived in Netherlands

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