My very first impresssion of the Land of Heinekens!!
Our hotel for the first 2 nights before we leave to Spain, Portugal and Morocco to start our tour with Trafalgar Tours -NH Schiller, situated right outside the Rembrantplein Tram stop and very convenient to move around. Too bad Cal is not here to check out the bars with me. Jet lagged I slept from 8 pm - 7am this morning and hence, blogging at an ungodly hour on a Sunday morning.
The hotel did not allow check in before 3pm as it was also running on a 100% occupancy rate. Therefore, Mum and I began our 'adventures' in Amsterdam by trying out their McDonalds. Trying at least 1 burger from McDonalds in every coutry that I visit is a must for me. (McDees in the Netherlands beats the Maharaja burger in India anytime!!!)
Unable to check in, we took a 1/2 day tour with Lindbergh to Edam, Voledam and the Windmill Village about 1/2 hr from the city - showing us the Dutch polders, little canals, interesting windmills and so forth. Tour costs abt Euro 32 pp for a 1/2 day tour.
The tour also took us to a cheese farm where cheese is still made the traditional way. And yes. the shopaholic us came back with Euro 115 worth of cheese. Pesto, Herb & Garlic, Aged Cheese, Smoked Cheese, Cheese slicer/ cutter etc....Our guide recommended us to try cheese with the Honey Mustard. Which we did. Sampled the various cheese with the Honey Mustard. Yummmmm!!!!!! We also went next door to see how they make clogs.
We proceeded to the fishing village of Volendam for a quick lunch and sightseeing. (Cause mom's been bugging me to find the place that we can see eels. I have no idea why)
And yes, I did find some eels but smoked ones. Extremely yummy tasting and when asked, our guide mentioned that the vacuumed ones probably can only be obtained from the airport.
Last stop before the tour ends - the windmill village.
Feeling jet lagged, I slept from 8pm till 7 am this morning.....and this is the view from my hotel room at 8 am.
More posts to come when I decide I am rich enough to pay for Euro 10.75 per day internet....he he!