Lindy and Bec catching up over a beer
We flew in from Gatwick on Easyjet arriving around 1pm. After a short walk around the terminal we found the platform we needed to ride the train into the city. The 40min trip in was smooth and allowed Bec a chance for a short nap. Upon arriving at Centraal Station, we made our way to the exit, admiring the old architecture on the way through. It is a lovely old building but unfortunately quite a lot of it was hidden under scaffolding whilie they carry out repairs. Once out we headed across the tram tracks (making sure not to get hit) and had a quick look at the canal which greets all those exiting the station.
We weren't all that sure which tram we needed so we found a tourist office and grabbed a map - now we are in business.
Glenn enjoying the local beer
We were easily able to work out which tram we wanted and the stop we needed to get off to put us fairly close to the hotel. Now if you haven't been on these before, the etiquette is to make sure you use the correct doors as some are exit only. Most of the time there is an attendant in the booth in the middle of the tram that will sell and validate tickets so it's best to try the middle doors first. The attendants are friendly and helpful so don't be afraid to ask what ticket to get.
It was only a short tram ride in, crossing over some of the canals, looking at all the bike lined up along the roads, winding through the streets. We even got off on the right stop. A quick walk and we were at the hotel checking in to our 4 bed room.
It would be wrong for Craig not to have a beer
The Prinsen Hotel was nice enough and our room had a view of the back garden which was nice. We decided to have a little rest and wait for Glenn and Lindy to arrive before venturing out.
An hour or so later there was a knock at the door signalling their arrival. After saying our hellos and letting them get settled in, we decided we needed to enjoy the sunshine while it was around, and what better way than a beer in the nearby square. We stayed for a few quiet ones, just watching the world go by as well as some street entertainment in the form of capoeira. Eventually we decided to make a move and see what else the area had to offer, plus we needed to grab a bite at some stage.