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Holidays 2005

Amsterdam, Holland

A thick fog blanket over Liverpool airport delayed our trip to Amsterdam, a treat for our first wedding anniversary. We had been hoping to visit a few museums on the afternoon of the flight but unfortunately didn't arrive until around 4 PM, even with the waiting train at the airport. So we just had to check into the Nadia Hotel, Raadhuisstraat 51, a few minutes walk from Dam Square (scary flight of steps and that was just to get to the reception) and head off to the Red Light District for a beer or two. In the first bar we came across Mark, who I'd met working in another bar when I visited the previous year and who was still as friendly and chatty, as is everyone in Amsterdam.

During our stay we got ourselves an Amsterdam Pass (does what it says on the tin), fab value and so we were able to fill our time visiting numerous museums such as the Rijksmuseum (housing the old Dutch masters), the Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum), the Amsterdam Historical Museum and the Scheepvaartmuseum (sheep fart?, Maritime Museum). We also paid just a few euro to visit the Sex Museum too! The Resistance Museum is so thought provoking and should be on any itinerary if you travel to Amsterdam [tram No 6]. Ha as for the sex museum it does highlight the fact that sex hasn't just been invented!

Along with the Amsterdam Pass free use of the Trams, Metro and buses was a great asset too. Normally we'll walk most places but the weather was so hot and clammy and with all the touring my feet deserved a rest! Also included in the pass is two canal cruises, we took one at night and the other during the day, so relaxing and with the added commentary very educational.

First night we'd gone to the Koh-i-noor Indian restaurant for a meal and we were so impressed, visited again. The chicken madras was excellent, as was the value, well recommended. Staying in the Netherlands for three nights gave us the opportunity to have another meal and we were treated to a fine steak at Guachos, just off Dam Square, by Nanda and Jack, our Dutch friends who we'd met in Greece the previous year. It was quite special to meet up with them again and catch up, in their country [so no jokes made about 'proper money' etc... well not too many anyway], such a shame our time was so limited. Still hopefully we'll be back there before too long anyway... this time I hope its a bit cooler!!


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