Posts Tagged: amsterdam

Amsterdam

Hey, it’s only taken two weeks and I’m back here on the next post, I’m so diligent like that, finally two months after the fact, we’ve moved on to Amsterdam, a beautiful city in the lowlands.

Clean view near the Red Light District

Clean view near the Red Light District

Amstel Hotel

Amstel Hotel

Once again we tired ourselves out doing all the touristy things, and once again the weather was cold and dreary. We managed to visit the Rijksmuseum, Ann Frank Huis, a canal cruise, Dam Square, H&M (lol!), Dam Square, a wander around Jordaan, and a stroll up and down the Red Light District. It would’ve been nice if we had the time to visit a tulip farm or see some windmills or something typically Dutch like that, but the weather probably didn’t suit any way.

The Rijksmuseum is up there in terms of museums, a lot of impressive Rembrandt stuff, and a lot of other very impressive artwork. Ann Frank Huis is a very sobering experience, it’s not really that much to look at, but it is definitely well worth visiting, it’s been set up very well. I was thinking that the canal cruise would be a bit boring, but in fact it was a great way to see the city and to tour around the canals getting a different perspective of the city and it’s beautiful architecture. The Red Light District is certainly an interesting strip (excuse the pun!), with the ladies standing in the windows and the queues for the sex shows (including couples! but not us :D), it’s all a bit strange and seedy (although not as seedy prostitutes on the street I suppose).

We didn’t visit any brown coffee shops because the thought of a smokey cafe didn’t sit well with Em, it didn’t particularly excite me either, we did visit a regular coffee shop though, and it was a nice, little place in Jordaan, the walls covered in bills from all over the world. I like Amsterdam, next time some good weather would be great, and maybe we can head out of town a bit to see some of the Dutch countryside and maybe ride a bicycle. Hey, the beer is cheap, it was also cheap in Brussels (can’t remember if I mentioned that), so that’s definitely a good thing, next stop, Switzerland, let’s see how long this one takes.

ps – I’m not particularly enamoured with this new theme, but the previous one was compromised and is not available any more, I will have to continue with this one until further notice.

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Back from Europe

Hey there loyal followers, all none of you I suppose. I’ve just got back from Europe a couple nights ago and am now getting on top of everything not work-related at home, in terms of stuff that happened while we were away any way, so I thought I’d post an update here.

Fine weather in Paris

Fine weather in Paris

Nothing much in this post, just that I will be adding my summaries of what we did over there as well as reviews of the transport, accommodation, and attractions, food (!), etc, etc, as well as some photos of course. I’m currently in the process of uploading photos to facebook, but that should be done in a day or two, and then I can start concentrating on uploading photos to flickr as well as adding stuff to here. We were only over there for two and a half weeks really, so there aren’t that many pictures to upload, but I hope that the ones that I did get are pretty high quality, it’s also Em’s birthday in a bit more than a month so I have to start organising that, as well as some other things, all in all, it’s going to be quite a busy end of the year for me, let’s hope everything works out well, and that 2014 is going to be something special. I’ll leave it at that for now, and hopefully upload something about Paris in the next week.

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