The Canals of Amsterdam

Just back from a nice quick trip to Amsterdam. I have not been here since my youth swashbuckling days so it was nice. I was lucky to be there on sunny days and the central area was pack.

My itinerary started in Auray with the French TGV, passing by Vannes,Redon Rennes,Laval, Le Mans to Paris Montparnasse. There took metro line 4 to gare du nord or Paris Nord. Then took the Thalys to Amsterdam Centraal station.  The site for the TGV park of the SNCF,

Then ,you have the metro or public transport of Paris at ,and finally you have the Thalys,

While in Amsterdam, I stayed at the nice Crown Plaza centre; part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group,  The hotel was very nice and very central to all. Right off walking from train station Centraal or center.

From there we went to eat the first  night at Singel where we had a nice fish and vegetable dish with white wine, coffees, very nice , webpage

Next day I walk the nice quaint streets of central Amsterdam, and its nice architecture to get a feeling of it. Of course, I went by the red light district and its windows, very decadent I must add; I don’t pay for that, I earn it.

At night for the second day , a group went to cafe in de waag, a historical castle like building with nice ambiance and a good European steak (small by American standards).

Finally upon leaving I try a nice bio place, Cafe Dwaze Zaken, with very friendly service,and good ambiance,the food was just right in a chorizo sandwich with a nice pint of gulpener beer. Just to get me going for the train trip back home. The place webpage is here

I just marvel at the hop on hop off bus,and the lovely Subway resto by the bay behind the Centraal train station for the memories. The church of Saint Nicolas near centraal train station, here is their webpage

the main sights here other than with more time see the museums is to take a boat ride on the Canals, the Lovers boat is very unique, Lovely ride indeed.

In all a very short stay but already looking forward to go back in summer for an extended stay; Enjoy Amsterdam, cheers.


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