Just spent a glorious few days in the city of Amsterdam, what a place constantly changing but always the same, being somewhat older these days a more leisurely time was had, a highlight being a 2 hour candlelight canal cruise organised through Viator. http://www.viator.com give them a try., the guide was excelant her humour and knowledge was great as was the cheese and wine served throughout the tour by a very friendly and attentive waitress whose name now escapes me, it was a really great two hours money really well spent.
We stayed in the Hotel De Gersterkorrel on Dam Straat which was very good, clean rooms and bathroom, a shower actually with basin and w/c perfect budget accomadtion right in the middle of the city with plenty of resturants and pubs at hand the red light district down the road the city tram just round the corner and a ten miute walk to the central railway station the room was very quiet considering the position, the receptionists were friendly and cheerful the breakfast served in the room was good.www.gerstekorrel.com
We did what all tourists do and walked the pedestrian shopping road with all its fashion shops but the best was walking through the area known as the 9 streets cramm packed with small shops selling every thing from desinger boots to 50’s pencil sharpner’s and everything inbetween
Stopped off at a coffee shop for a real coffee, not into the green stuff myself but was great just to sit and watch the world go on.
Of course bicycles bicycles bicycles Boris in London eat your heart out you will never get there, no yellow safety jackets, no helmets no black lycra just ordinary folk living their normal lives, from an English perspective don’t know how they do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kids on the front not even strapped in How dreadful only thing is do not step in front of them you will be taken out, so good to experiance real life again after living in London for some years, London is great but it is just a commercial city hidden in old buildings it does have its attractions but as an old boss of mine once said You Do Not Know What You Do not Know Until You Learn It.
Chow for now till next time.
A great trip well worth it