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Amsterdam Travel Blog

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This would be the second time I took my mum on holiday abroad and was in 2008. She had always wanted to visit the bulb-fields so I booked to go to Amsterdam on that basis. We stayed in a lovely b&b outside the City, and had to get the little boat across the river from Central Station to get there, however we used normal buses for the rest of our trip as they were closer to get to. We stayed Monday to Friday and got to see quite a bit; not as much as I'd have liked, but enough.

We took a day trip to the Keukenhoff Gardens and spent hours walking around looking at all the displays. They say you should time it right; go too early in the year and nothing has flowered, go too late and everything has died off.
Central Station
...we timed it perfectly. All the displays were really bright, and the colours were amazing. I climbed the windmill whilst my mum sat and listened to the Brass Band which was playing. I had told my mum not to take all her money out with her, and it was a good job she'd listened. Taking just a small amount of cash proved wise as on the way to the gardens she lost it!!!

Other things we managed to do whilst there was the ritual sight-seeing tour, although I'd never done one by canal boat before. It was really nice seeing the City from the water, and the guide was extremely knowledgable about the history of Amsterdam. We also spent a morning looking around the Botanical Gardens before spending the afternoon at the Van Gogh Museum. I would have like to have visited Anne Franks house, and possibly the Rembrandt Museum, but time and money told me otherwise; although I did see them from the outside. We did pass the Rembrandt monument, which was nice, but the museum would have been a bonus.

Having seen the capital, and the gardens, I'm not sure I'd go back to the Netherlands. I'm not a big drinker, and don't much like the "cafes", so it's not really a place I felt comfortable in.
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Central Station
Central Station
Nemo
Nemo
Rembrandts House
Rembrandts House
Rembrandt Statue
Rembrandt Statue
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Keukenhoff Gardens
Keukenhoff Gardens
Keukenhoff Gardens
Keukenhoff Gardens
View from the windmill at Keukenho…
View from the windmill at Keukenh…
Me at Keukenhoff Gardens
Me at Keukenhoff Gardens
Sat with my mum at the Keukenhoff …
Sat with my mum at the Keukenhoff…
Me
Me
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