Our First Day in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Travel Blog

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Sara checks her camera before leaving Schweinfurt.

After 6 hours of driving we finally arrived in Amsterdam at 1:30 pm.  It was raining and cold when we arrived but our goal was to find the hotel and check into our room.  Construction in the city made it impossible to head directly to the hotel.  It forced us to ignore the Navigon systems commands to "turn right now", "Make a U-turn".  If you have a GPS system you know what I mean.  If you ignore it long enough, it gives up and eventually recalculates the route.  Well, we managed to find the hotel but construction outside of the hotel made it impossible to park without blocking traffic.  I don't like to, or like people who, double park or block traffic for their own convenience.

Christine prepares for the trip
  I dropped off Clara at the hotel so she could check in and avoid having to walk in the rain.  Then the plan was for the 3 of us to simply "drive around the block" and find a parking spot near the hotel. 

Well, Amsterdam does not have any square blocks and since we were in the museum section parking was at a premium and it was darn near impossible to circle, find parking, and walk to the hotel in less than 30 min.  We managed to find street parking for 4 euros/hour near the Rijks museum.  We pulled out our luggage, deposited the required euro coins into the parking meter and headed for the hotel.  The hotel rooms were still not ready so Sara and Christine dropped their bags and went shopping while Clara and I waited to meet our TB friend Ed at 2 pm in front of the hotel.  At 2:30 I met Ed and the 3 of us headed across the street to get a pint of beer and chat.  He told us about the Heineken Experience and we decided to meet him and his friends at 4 pm.  One of the rooms was finally ready at 3 pm so we dropped our bags in the room and headed out to experience Amsterdam. 

Check out my review of the experience for more information and pics.

Petra2111 says:
You're right, the carparking in Amsterdam is terrible!!! We always go by train to the city!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2009
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