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Amsterdam the Netherlands

A vacation from our vacation

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Hello from Holland,

We decided in Bern Switzerland to reroute our trip to Paris from the more direct path through Dijon France and instead come to Amsterdam for a few days. Great decision! We will catch Dijon on our way back to Paris on our trip in February through Spain and the West coast of Italy. The train trip from Bern to Amsterdam was a bit interesting. We had just received our meal in the dining car when there was an announcement that the train was to be taken out of service and at the next stop everyone would have to get off and board another train to continue on our journey. Of course the announcment was first given in some other language so everyone was all upset around us and we had no idea at first what was going on. After we figured out what was happening we grabbed the wine & cheese (of course) and ran back to our cabin to collect our luggage then transfered trains. I guess it is all part of traveling in Europe.

We arrived in Amsterdam and had a great time. Amsterdam has very liberal laws but it doesn't seem out of control or chaotic. It seemed to be a very "Live and let live" mentality among the people. We spent the first days walking around the city to the flower shop district, to tour Anne Frank's house and the famous red light district and a coffee house or two. We also stepped into a church (just to maintain balance...you know) and spent a lot of time just wandering the canals and checking out the city. We also spent more time than ususal just hanging out at the hotel and relaxing. After almost 8 weeks on the road it was great!

Here are some pictures we took of the city.................

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A beautiful old house on the intersection of two canals

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Ben & Jerry's ice cream is big here. They even keep thier corporate yacht here.

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Anne Frank's house. The tour was well worth the 45 min wait in line.

The next four photos are canal shots. The trees are turning yellow as fall has arrived in Holland. There are canals everywhere here and about a million bicycles.
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It was Halloween when we were here and probably not surpisingly people in Amsterdam were into it. This picture shows the long line waiting to get into the costume store.

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Here we seem to have a duck riding what appears to be a tiger....ahhh....not that there is anything wrong with that.

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There was a carnival going on where we sampled some traditional wafffles with chocolate and hot cherries...YUM!

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One of many beautiful clock towers around the city.

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These two pictures above were taken at the flower market which is huge. This time of year they are mostly selling bulbs.

The next three pictures were of the church we visited. I knew the name but I have since forgot. (go figure)
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This picture of a coffee house in Amsterdam probably most accuratley represents our experience. It was GREAT!

Well that's it for our journey trhough Eastern Europe on our way to our apartment in Paris. I will try to post some pictures of the apartment and the neighborhood in Paris as well as any pics I find amuzing (I'm assuming those two aren't the same) as soon as I can.

Drop me an email if you want at trainwater157@gmail.com

Until next time...........au revoir

Posted by Trainwater 05:31 Archived in Netherlands

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