We arrived from Berlin to nice weather and not too early, which is always a bonus. The hotel we had booked the day before was a two-minute walk from the train station so we headed straight there to drop our bags off. This was our first hotel of the holiday, we’d booked it on Last Minute and it was pretty much the only option for accommodation we could find. It wasn’t a bargain but it was a nice way to spend one night of our holiday. I was forbidden to touch the mini bar too!
As with Berlin, we spent the two days just wandering around the city, enjoying the warm weather and not thinking about the end of our trip.
I think Amsterdam is a very beautiful place, the canals, the buildings, even the many may cyclists add to the feel of the city. It’s easy to walk for hours just watching the water and looking at the individual houses, something we’re not used to in the UK. We made our way through the city to the floating flower market, which sounded a lot more interesting (and floaty) than it really was. We passed by a shop that sells Christmas decorations all year round and we slowly made our way towards Anne Franks house. Apparently, a relative of a relative lives near there and we were semi-obliged to go to that area…
We rarely go to museums when we travel, in fact, this is as close as we got to the museum. History, art and such things just don’t interest us that much. I like history and art that is interesting to me personally, but I wouldn’t hunt it down to specifically look at it. I guess we could be missing out on the history of a place, but to me, I like the here and now and I like just seeing the world as it is.
After missing the museums and playing with the I Am Amsterdam letters we eventually made our way round to Anne Franks house. This is something I would visit, just to see what it was like but the line was too long so we passed and just enjoyed the area. We went to Madame Tussaud’s as neither of us had ever been which took us into the later afternoon.
We walked back to our hotel and decided that as the holiday was almost over we’d go out for a meal. We had a little wander nearby and settled on a little Chinese Restaurant. After dinner we took a little walk about the infamous Red Light District, just because.
Every time someone mentions the Red Light District, I normally reply on the lines of “It’s a bit different and a little uncomfortable”. It really is. I see why people would go and look, but in the end, it really is women in windows… and I think that’s a little strange.
With our holiday coming to its end, we took our last early morning train ride to Brussels to mark the end of our InterRail ticket.
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