FUN-travel: Amsterdam – Full Day 1

August 22, 2014 by  

Day 35 – Monday, August 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – full sun – 70’s

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 What I LIKE Amsterdam, Netherlands 2014 29

  • 7:30 – wake up to good hot coffee & USA Today!!
  • – Starbuck’s attached to hotel
  • 9:15 – meet to plan our day
  • 9:45 –TI office – buy Canal boat 24 hr = 24 Euro
  • – 3 different routes approx 1.5 hr each – validated on 1st departure
  • Take off to explore city by foot first
  • New Market area
  • – see Rembrandt House (where he grew up – don’t go in)
  • Walk thru Flea market – lots of old & used things
  • Flower market – all kinds of plants, bulbs & seeds
  • 1:00 – lunch

FUN-food – Herengracht (on corner of Leidsestraat) – quinoa salad & crostini’s w/5 different toppings – salmon, cheese, tartar, ham & carpaccio -10 total – Weizen beer – really good! – Cinzia treated!

  • 2:50 – hop on red line Canal boat @ Leidseplein
  • 4:20 – hop off @ Rijksmuseum stop – nutella ice cream & cappuccino break
  • 5:45 – tram back to station – only 15 mins
  • 7:45 – dinner Italia Oggi – short walk from hotel
  • – concierge suggested
  • – eggplant parmesan, caprese salad, seafood linguine – Italian wine no so good = 99 Euro
  • Walk back attempting to see red light district
  • 10:30 – Sky lounge 11th floor Doubletree – hip, hop & happening!
  • – full of people – DJ playing
  • – open air seating – couches & lots of pillows – bottle of Shiraz = 60 Euro
  • 11:30 – ready for bed – big full day tomorrow

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Queen bed too small
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Flower Market

FUN-fact – Amsterdam is filled with canals and the average boat ride for 1 hour costs 15 Euro. The TI office at the central station sells Canal hop on boat tours. The cost is 22 Euro for one day and 24 Euro for 24 hours. They do 48 hours and special trips too. There is more than one company to choose from and some have shorter wait times at the stops.

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View From Sky Lounge

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