Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Week in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Several weeks ago, my daughter Kim, who is a flight attendant for United Airlines, asked me if I would be interested in going with her to Amsterdam, while she worked the trip. Of course I said yes, and thought it may be a good thing to spend Thanksgiving in a different setting, since this was the first year without Kevin. So last Monday we had a 3:30 take off.  I didn’t manage to get a business first seat, but I did get three seats to myself, which was great with me. The flight was almost 10 hrs but honestly it didn’t seem that long. I had a selection of many movies to watch, and I watched five of them. I was lavished with wine and had an okay dinner. When we arrived it was 8am Tuesday morning.  We got to the hotel and had a nice nap.

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Late afternoon, we headed out to walk around a bit, bought ourselves a trolley pass at Central Station

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and rode to the other side of town to a fabulous restaurant that Kim has been to before. They specialize in the filet steak covered in butter sauce and the fries in Amsterdam are terrific..

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When we were done, we hopped back on the trolley and headed back.  We strolled around looking at the sights, which if you don’t know about Amsterdam are VERY interesting.  The streets are lined up with coffee houses, with menus for every kind of marijuana.. It is legal!  And shops that sell every kind of drug paraphernalia. Just walking the streets you get the aroma, drifting through the air. 

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And then there is the Red Light district with girls posing in the windows looking for you know what, clad in underwear or longerie. I could not take pictures of that.  Very interesting!!!  We headed back to the hotel and got a good night sleep.

Wednesday morning, we were up and out. We walked several blocks to the Ann Frank House. We had time for breakfast next door before taking the tour. 

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We chose the tickets with the half hour introduction before heading into the house.  As you can see the front is an office building ,and the annex where they hid, is attached and cannot be seen from the front. This was an amazing tour. For those that aren’t familiar with the story, you really should read The Diary of Ann Frank. It has been many years for me, but it is something that made an impact on me and it was very special to experience this.

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We did some more walking…

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We ended up in the flower market….

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Sure wish it were tulip season… It must be beautiful…

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I wanted to see St Nicholas Catholic Church, so we hopped back on a trolley. Unfortunately the gates where closed, as they were doing work inside. It is a beautiful structure and I have read the inside is as well.

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We were getting thirsty so we went into a pub, where Kim had a beer and I had the best hot chocolate..DSC_0019

Then on to a canal cruise….

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where we passed some different looking structures..

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the architecture is just beautiful…

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looking through here you can see through seven bridges…

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and the bike garage, that has parking for 5000 bicycles…

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even houseboats…

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and decorated buildings…

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As you can see the main mode of transportation is bikes…. You really have to be careful where you walk, as they come from all directions…

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Back at the hotel and after a short rest, we met some of the crew in the bar downstairs..we all made our plans for dinner, all going in different directions..we opted for ribs with another crew member. We took a cab to the restaurant and had the best feast on ribs. Sorry I didn’t get a picture. After dinner we went to a bar/club to listen to some live music…We never thought to look at the time until we got back to the hotel and it was 5am!!!!  Imagine an all niter for me?!

That did us in for the rest of the day. I took a short walk late afternoon as it was getting dark.

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Back at the hotel we had plans to meet a few of Kim’s friends for dinner in the hotel restaurant. They had prepared a turkey dinner in honor of the Americans in house. It was tasty but not exactly like our turkey day dinner at home.  We made this an early night.

We had an early departure Friday morning.  I lucked out and got business first for the 11.5 hr trip home. So comfortable and roomy.  They fed us quite well. Started out with drinks and nuts, followed by 2 appetizers, tenderloin of beef dinner, cheese and crackers, ice cream sundae’s. A bit later  cookie and milk, and before landing a sandwich….Whew, that took up a bit of time, lol…

We arrived home Friday afternoon…..What a great trip and such a beautiful city!

11 comments:

Sandra said...

Oh Arlene, how fun and to experience it with your daughter!

Mary Ames said...

Wow! What a nice trip, Arlene. Good for you!!! I've seen all the Ann Frank movies and read all the books. Would love to see what you saw!

Mary Mack said...

I love this!!! So glad you two could do this !!

Mary Mack said...

I love this!!! So glad you two could do this !!

chris jepson said...

I'm glad you had a nice time. It was great to meet you and spend Thanksgiving with such a lovely lady.

Hembree said...

Hot diggity!!! That sounds like a fantastic trip!!!...

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

What a great invite from your daughter to get away for the holiday! Looks like a very interesting time and your tour around was fascinating! thanks for posting it!

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Chuck-Kathy said...

Glad you are making new memories, what a trip!! Think of you often, so glad that you are doing well, loveya.

Tumbleweed Dee said...

I love the buildings! What a great experience! I'm so glad you said yes.

Elaine said...

what a wonderful trip you had...love the pictures...and you had great quality time with your daughter...I can't get over the gift wrapped houses...very cool...glad you had a wonderful trip....let us know if your going to be in our area this winter...:)

Molly and Bob said...

So glad to see the things you are doing, kudos to you! Miss you and think of you often! You are truly blessed with your kids and little ones. Big hugs!