Amsterdam

We are now in Amsterdam aboard the Amabella, heading off tomorrow on the cruise down the Rhine and Danube to Budapest. We have spent the last couple of days in Amsterdam gathering strength to survive on the canals and locks. Apparently,  we are going to go through 68 locks on this trip, a few more than we did on the Canal du Midi. These though are a bit bigger and we don’t have to throw ropes.

Amsterdam Central Railway station. We arrived here from Amiens and Paris after a 7 hour trip

Amsterdam Central Railway station. We arrived here from Amiens and Paris after a 7 hour trip

In Amsterdam we have wandered around the canals and streets taking in the scenery, dodging bicycles and motor bikes. Bicycles  are everywhere and they have their own lanes and have right of way over pedestrians. You have to keep your wits about you otherwise you will be mown down in the traffic.

Dirk Hartog's plate

Dirk Hartog’s plate

 

A Van Gogh self portrait in the Rijks Museum,there are about another 10 self portraits in the Van Gogh Museum.

A Van Gogh self portrait in the Rijks Museum,there are about another 10 self portraits in the Van Gogh Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

A Paris like bridge across a canal

A Paris like bridge across a canal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our wanderings we have spent some time in the Rijks Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Franks House. The later was particularly moving, the house was largely empty, the story explained by wall mounted exhibits, excerpts from her diary  and a number of scale models of the rooms. It is hard to imagine 8 people living in hiding for 2 years in these small rooms. In the Rijks Museum we saw the Dirk Hartog plate left on the West Australian coast at Pt Inscription in 1610. Allthego had stood at Pt Inscription a few years back when on his trip from Exmouth to Geraldton  aboard the Endeavour replica. This plate is the oldest piece of European memorabilia found in Australia.

Now I call this a large steel hulled canal barge!

Now I call this a large steel hulled canal barge!

 

At the Van Gogh Museum with friends

At the Van Gogh Museum with friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The streets and canals are full of human activity. Eating and socializing along the canals.  It seems every one is on holiday around here. There are some big steel hulled barges on these canals to be wary of if one was in a smaller vessel. They make the one  we bumped into on the Canal du Midi look midget like.

Outside a cheese shop

Outside a cheese shop

Cup cakes

Cup cakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A highlight of our trip was calling in at the Amsterdam Ice Bar. It was a chilly minus 9.5 degrees C as we consumed our drinks in ice glasses along with all the other 25 year olds. Bit of an adventure for us mature types.

It was a bit chilly in the Ice Bar

It was a bit chilly in the Ice Bar

 

Everyone was on holidays

Everyone was on holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way tomorrow we first head off on a bus trip into the Dutch countryside to catch some windmills, clog makers and a cheese establishment. The Amabella cruises off without us and we rejoin her down the canal a bit before heading for Cologne overnight.

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on June 13, 2015, in Europe 2015. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Harry (we met on board of the "Ugur Kahn")

    Nice trip you are making Russell! Nice story about Amsterdam. We -Henk, Tineke, Ankie and myself- were there too two days ago, coming back from a trip to Greece. No Russian ckicks in Amsterdam i suppose…

    greetz,

  2. Hi Harry, good to hear from you. Amsterdam was good. No Russian chicks to be seen, quite a few others though………..did you see any any Greece?

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