Amsterdam – post cruise

We arrived in Amsterdam early in the morning and got our final breakfast eaten and then back to the cabin to pick up our gear – we didn’t put it through the ship’s luggage service since we didn’t have much. Made it all much quicker and we could get off when we wanted to.

We worked out a time to meet my friend Daniel at Weesp station, and set off to Central Station to kill an hour or two. We decided to get some decent coffee and relax with our stuff at a cafe overlooking the canals, directly across from Central Station. Not bad for the convenience and views.

We then headed off to Weesp to meet up with Daniel, which was much easier than I thought it would be since the station had two exits that didn’t communicate with each other since you needed a ticket to go through! But we’d managed to get out on the same side Daniel parked on, so all good! We dropped our luggage in the car and then set off back to Amsterdam by train. We decided to buy a 24 hour hop-on-hop-off bus/cruise ticket and got on a cruise boat bound for the Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh museum is impossible to get into, apparently, without booking in advance etc. The day was pretty bleak, so I didn’t take many pictures on the cruise:

Views around Amsterdam
Views around Amsterdam

Before going to the museum, we were starving! So we stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe because Daniel likes to go to them. The food was pretty good, really.

Views around Amsterdam

Then we headed for the Rijksmuseum again:

Views around Amsterdam
Views around Amsterdam

We walked through a few rooms and were surprised how small it is – which applies to every museum after the Hermitage, I suppose!! I took a few shots of some paintings I particularly liked, though, as well as some of the nice stained glass that is part of the building:

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

We got back on the boat and cruised back to Central Station because we’d had enough by now. I couldn’t get over the parking for bicycles they have! It’s like a big car park but for bikes and there are thousands and thousands!! I don’t know how people remember which one is theirs!

Views around Amsterdam
Views around Amsterdam
Views around Amsterdam
Views around Amsterdam
Views around Amsterdam
Bike parking near Centraal Station, Amsterdam

We got the train back to Weesp and then Daniel drove us to our accommodation. We passed a windmill which had to be photographed, of course!

A windmill near Amsterdam

And then this lovely little park and water castle on the side of the road:

Around Trompenburg, near Amsterdam
Around Trompenburg, near Amsterdam
Around Trompenburg, near Amsterdam
Around Trompenburg, near Amsterdam

We settled in and went and did a little bit of shopping for breakfast for the next 2 days and then went out for dinner close to the accommodation. It was quite a nice little place, too. Then it was off to bed so we could do a bit of sight-seeing the next day.

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