Well where do I start? So much happens each day that it’s hard to comment on everything. We’re been in Amsterdam now for a few days, the ending spot for our cruise. I have to say the Moselle River was amazing and more beautiful than the Rhine. But how does picturesque views of rolling Vineyards not take your breath away?
In all the ports we had free walking city tours included which I will admit sometimes were very slow, but also highlighted a few interesting things. Plus there are always optional excursions (for a fee.) We did a few: biking in the country side along the Moselle, a trip to Zaanse Schamber – a traditional windmill village, and the Palace of Versailles in Paris just to name a few.
Yesterday we disembarked the ship and for the 10min walk it took us from the ship to the Doubletree Central Amsterdam, we were homeless. Can I also just say suitcases with 4 wheels is the cats meow especially when you decide to not take a taxi and the transporting 5 bottles of wine, 3 mini cheese wheels and countless extra souvenirs is heavy
We had to be out of our cabins by 9 am and off the ship by 10am. We had checked out the easiest path from the ship to the Doubletree the night before. So instead of spending a few extra minutes onboard we decided to move on. So once at the Doubletree I thought we wouldn’t have access to a room till the afternoon but to my surprise they had a room for us, and a hot cookie a little feature you get when you check in. By 10am we were settled in to our room for the next two nights and two rental bikes, time to explore the city.
Let me start by say Europe right now is having an amazing summer and a bit of a heat wave. The last 4-5 days have been high 20c to 33c our 1st day in Amsterdam, compared to the low 20’s we had in London and Paris at the beginning of this trip. So needless to say there have been many beverage stops to hydrate and get some shade.
Yesterday after leaving the hotel we made our way around Amsterdam on bike, man did we put on the miles. We rented our bikes right from the hotel (€15 for the 1st day and €12 for the 2nd day). I’m not sure where our bikes will take us today but let the adventure continue.
Things to always take on holidays:
-Extra zip lock bags (a variety of sizes)
– A reusable tote bag for picking up groceries for your picnics or use as a picnic bag.
-a wine bottle opener. I might also add travel utensils also come in handy with a knife for your cheese and sausage
-mini battery charge packs. Most people are using their cell phones now for taking pictures so these come in handy (I’ve taken close to 3000 pics so far!)
-you’ll only need 3 maybe 4 pairs of shoes (dressy, runner, and some comfy sandals)
Remember if you don’t have something you can always buy it😉
Until next time