Amsterdam Trip

I’ve just uploaded the photos from our Amsterdam trip.

Again there aren’t many of them because we didn’t want to lug the camera around with us. (Hopefully Sara’s new mobile phone will be able to take reasonable photos on future trips.)

I won’t bother with a full trip report, just a few notes:

  • We had a power cut just before setting off, so I didn’t have a chance to print off any maps (except this one). 😎
  • The flights were excellent again: no queues at check-in and we managed to get seats with extra legroom.
  • At Schipol airport we jumped on the train to Amsterdam Centraal – the first time I’ve been on a double-decker train.
  • Even without a proper map, it’s easy to find your way around Amsterdam. Our hotel, the Rembrandt Residence, was just a couple of minutes away from Dam Square.
  • On the first evening we pottered around Damrak, Damstraat, Niewmarkt and the Red Light district. 😯 Had a dodgy kebab and numerous Amstels. 😆
  • On day two we wandered around the west side of the city, Leidseplein and the Museum district.
  • We visited the Van Gough gallery which was a bit of a disappointment – most of his drawings and paintings are pants. Probably should’ve done the Rijksmuseum instead. 😕
  • Foot very sore after lot of walking, jibbed on tram back to Dam Square. Went in coffee shop for something medicinal to help relieve the pain. Had a dodgy curry and numerous Amstels. 😳
  • On the last day we went to Anne Frank’s house but didn’t bother going in because the queues were so long. We went and chilled in Rembrandtplein instead, enjoying a few Amstels in the glorious sunshine. 🙂
  • Made our way back to Centraal station via Chinatown and a couple of bars in the Red Light.
  • Flight back was very quick – just 35 minutes. Arrived back in Manchester to rain. 🙁
  • Found out that Phil Neville had joined Everton. Very pleased with that, never thought he was good enough for United and haven’t forgiven him for scoring the sixth against Southampton when I had quite a bit of money on a 5-1 win. 👿