First real day of tour 1
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The first real day of our tour so we are up bright and early and down to breakfast, which turned out to be not much more than cold cereal, orange juice, and coffee.
I think we were on the bus by 8am and were taken to the Rijksmuseum for a nice tour there. We strolled through slowly and saw some marvelous works and treasures.
Then very close by was the Coster Diamond Exchange, where diamonds are cut, polished, set, and sold, and where we were given another tour. With about forty people in our group and the other groups there also it was a crowded mess and you really didn’t get to see very much at all in the first part, where they cut and polished the stones. Then we were led to a very nice sales room where they locked the doors after we were all in.
My hubby said no, so we left everything there. Not a big deal for me.
After that tour we were given a lunch break and would then meet the bus back to the hotel. We found place behind the Rijksmuseum where we could get a nice ham baguette and hot chocolate. A few other vendors had postcards and things so we looked around.
The afternoon tour offered as an option at extra expense was to see cheese making, wind mills, and dinner. We have lots of cheese making in the area where we live and the dinner they had shown wasn’t something we were thrilled about for the cost so we opted out.
We instead decided to check out the palace and downtown area. One of the tram drivers was helpful in giving us directions and “telling us where to go”… no, not in that way. She was very nice about it. So here we were, a couple of old goats, walking around the red light district trying to find some weed, (yeah, right), and hot women of the night, (yeah, right again) :) Of course it was six or seven o’clock in the evening, probably the worst time for anything in that area, but interesting to see just the same. We strolled several blocks and then back out to where the souvenir shops are along the main street and scanned the wares but did not find much.
We asked and looked for help in a place to eat dinner but had no luck so we grabbed the tram back to the hotel and had wine, cheese and crackers for dinner.