We had a great trip to Amsterdam , having travelled from London by bus and ferry. Four countries in a day: United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Holland. Great scenes along the way and an enjoyable ‘crossing.’ You would go a long way to find a better value trip anywhere in Europe. 28 pounds per ticket. The bus driver dropped us right near a tram stop, so we had easy access to the rest of Amsterdam. A 2.7 euro ticket covers you for the next couple of hours on all public transport.
Five enjoyable days in and around Amsterdam followed. Amsterdam is a great city to explore and soak up, as are most European cities when you think about it. Interesting sights await around every corner. We were staying out in the western area of Amsterdam in a fairly sporting area: tennis courts, baseball, hockey, basketball, athletics, all in close proximity. Lots of bike tracks everywhere too, but we stuck to walking and trams because the bicycle hire fees were a touch too expensive. There was a local food festival on during our stay so we tried some nice food from different cultures and some local brews.
The thing that makes Amsterdam though is the system of canals criss-crossing their way all over the city. So whether you are walking or on the water, it makes for a great atmosphere. And there are lots of little cafes and bars dotted around the city if you get a little leg-weary. We took a canal tour for a very reasonable 8.5 euros which featured a commentary in four different languages. A really enjoyable trip and quite informative as well.
Other highlights during our stay included the museum of erotica and wandering through the red light district. We continued our policy on the trip of looking but not buying! It was amusing watching all the women.. all shapes, sizes and colours, start to appear in the windows after about 5 o’clock.
And we saw windmills, lots of clogs, but not tulips, which must have been out of season. Fun times in a fun city.