Goals and Getting Ready

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Me and my sister at the Fishomonger's stall in Volendam

I wanted to see the fields of tulips in the spring in Holland and I thought the best way to do this was on a river cruise.  Viking seemed to have good itineraries and some of their boats had elevators which went up to the top deck, but they are apparently difficult to deal with for bookings. So our travel agent was promoting AmaWaterways, and that was the one that we went with.

I also wanted to revisit some of the places in the Netherlands where I had been in 1950 when I was 12. Of course we were in Amsterdam, but I have been in Amsterdam since 1950. I remembered going to Marken and Volendam, and the Ama cruise had Volendam as one of the ports. The cruise also went to Antwerp in Belgium and Antwerp was a place that we visited in 1950. And I also remember the cheese market in Alkmaar. So I made hotel reservations in Alkmaar at the time the cheese market would be in operation.

My sister, my mother and me outside the zoo in Antwerp

I ordered some prints of my dad's pictures of Holland and Belgium and this proved to be a great idea.

Goals for the trip
Do a canal tour of Amsterdam with Bob who has not been to the Netherlands since about 1962
Revisit Volendam
Revisit Antwerp (railroad station, Rubens house and the zoo)
Possibly also see Brussels although the recent bombing made me a little apprehensive about going there.
Show Kinderdjik to Bob
See the tulips in Keukenhof
Revisit the Alkmaar cheese market

It was cheaper to fly British Airways booking directly with them, then with AA as a code share. We are flying first class to Heathrow and we will not check the scooter this time - just ask them to put it in the closet. We will see how that works.

19 April 2016

We have printed out our boarding passes for the flight tomorrow. The BA website had a countdown timer but at the last minute it disappeared and then I got an email that I could check in. I don't quite understand the baggage check for the second flight, but I guess it will be OK At least the boarding passes are printed out.  

Lynde packed my bags on Wednesday and she came again this morning to finish up, but there really wasn't that much to do. I think we have about 4 grapefruit left and Bob may eat one tomorrow.

We left home about 3:15

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