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Thursday, 17th July – Amsterdam

With still so much more to do in Amsterdam, it was another early morning to try and beat the crowds. The first thing on our list was the Van Gogh Museum which is situated in the Museumplein.IMG_8855It was amazing to see the works of art of Van Gogh through his life time. They also set out other paintings by friends, contemporaries and influences that really showed how Vincent’s style progressed. It was also interesting to see good impressionist paintings hung so that you can appreciate them as intended from about 4 metres away. Unfortunately, you were not allowed to take photos inside the exhibition.

After the museum, we wandered again through the streets of Amsterdam, this time outside of the core city circle and discovered many beautiful photo opportunities.IMG_8860 IMG_8872 IMG_8873 IMG_8994IMG_8893 IMG_8898 IMG_8856IMG_8916 IMG_8932 IMG_8938 IMG_8955  IMG_8965After all the walking, we settled down to a nice cup of tea before heading to the supermarket for supplies on our way back to the hotel.               IMG_8881

Tomorrow we leave the Netherlands and head back into Germany, it’s a long day of driving,  so an early night and early start tomorrow morning.

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Wednesday, 16th July – Zoetermeer to Amsterdam

A lazy start to the day as we slept in and packed up to leave our apartment in Zoetermeer to move on to Amsterdam.

On the way we stopped to look at the Riekermolen Windmill and had lunch in the AmstelPark.

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Arriving at our hotel we quickly checked in, dropped our gear off and then jumped on the bus right outside the door for a ten minute trip into the city. So much to see in Amsterdam, it’s hectic, very busy and full of tourists from literally all over the world. The historic buildings are all huge and if you can look past the ridiculous number of people, the cobblestone alleyways and canals are quite enchanting.

We literally walked around for hours and hours checking out all the sights, stopping in at a pub or two for a water/beer and tried to absorb the atmosphere. Amsterdam is not just a city all about legalised cannabis usage or prostitution – although of course we saw plenty of both, it’s also quite beautiful in its own right.

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We found our way back to the hotel (we knew what station we had to get off this time), for an early night in preparation for a big day tomorrow.

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