Friday, September 28, 2012

Amsterdam in just a few hours

Three weeks ago, my cousin—Dr. Balin came to visit me in the Netherlands. She’s on a work-related trip here in Europe and I’m so glad she took time to come over for a weekend.

Of course, Amsterdam is in the agenda. I asked Dutchman to bring us to the capital city by car. Going back we will be taking the train to Utrecht, and then the Dutchman can fetch us from train station. With this I do not have to pay a ludicrous amount of money for parking.

Like last weekend, I was in Amsterdam for dinner and I paid 32 freaking euros for less than 6 hours parking. That could be a light dinner for 1 person already.

Anywho, here’s what we did in Amsterdam for 8 hours. From 4 in the afternoon to half past 12 midnight.

Dutch fastfood: Febo food vending machine in Leidseplein. Typically Dutch.

And beside Febo is the 'Wok to Walk' and we ordered this for our additional afternoon snack.

We had some cheese tasting and quickly visited the floating Flower Market.

We checked the lovely canals of course.

Dr. Balin and moi.

I wanted to show her 'Begijnhof' but it was already closed. This is the Spui area.

Cafe terracing and people watching at Spui.

On the way to the Westerkerk in Jordaan.

At the homo monument.

The Jordaan neighbourhood.

We had our nachos with cheese light dinner at Escape in Rembrandtplein.

At the Dam...

The 'Waag' at the Nieuwmarkt (New Market Square) which is formerly a gate and a weighing house is now a cafe restaurant.

The Red Light District.

Cool coffee shop in the Red Light District.

Waiting for our intercity train to Utrecht at half past 12.

Finally in the train enroute to Utrecht. My feet and legs are so tired from walking. It was a lovely 8 hours with Balin in Amsterdam.

Visit Period: September 2012
Destination: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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