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Sep162010

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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Right from the start the tour guide was friendly and introduced herself. Once we were all on the bus she explained the various places and activities we would be visiting plus a little of the history surrounding the trips destinations. Unfortunately the heavens decided to open and we had quite a bit of rain, but the sun did eventually come out and helped with the tour. We arrived in Marken where we wandered around the small village being informed about it's history and its current state. We then had about 30 minutes to wander around ourselves and take in the sights and some photos. We also had something to eat and drink in the local hostelry before crossing the lake in the ferry. This was a pleasant journey and the sun came out just as we arrived at Volendam. This wonderful village had some lovely sights and we spent a while taking photos and looking for presents to take home. After this we all met up and walked through the older part of the village to the local museum which catalogued the history of Volendam, its participation in World War II and local life as it was. On the return to Amsterdam we stopped at a cheese farm where we saw how cheese was made, tasted the varieties and then moved to the shoemaking part. There were plenty of clogs to see and it was interesting to see how they were made. The last stop was to have a photo opportunity to see windmills as only the Dutch can do. Fantastic. On return to Amsterdam we disembarked and were given a pleasant farewll from the tour guide. I can thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking to capture Holland.

Sep152010

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Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Having already stumbled upon the Red Light district (right next to the main shopping area) we had already seen part of what goes on. What we hoped to get from this was an insight into the area and the history. We were not disappointed. I think there was some worried faces at first but our guide was extremely helpful and gave us lots of tips on what we could and couldn't do. We were told exactly how the trip would progress and was informed to ask questions at any and every opportunity. Having been informed of the history we were then led down the 'old' Amsterdam and into the red light area. There were none of the windows at this part but eventually we saw a couple before ending at the Prostitute Information centre for a drink and an explanation of what goes on, how it works and current legislation affecting the workers. We then left for a tour of the 'window' and 'club' areas of the district. It was fascinating to say the least and despite an extremely heavy rain shower or two we did enjoy the walk. For anyone wishing to see the district without feeling that they are there for other reasons I can recommend that you take this tour. It is not embarrassing or 'dirty' but factual and informative. Our guide was perfect and she gave us tips on staying safe and how to enjoy the area without fear.

Sep142010

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Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Having found the departure point very easily we set sail. The tour took us out into the main shipping area and back into the main canal system where were went up and down various canals back to the start point. At first I though it would be the same sights down every canal, but the tour ensures that every canal it takes you down, there is a piece of history that makes it different from the previous or the next one. It was fascinating to see the different bridges, the reasons for different built buildings and the lock system that is in place. The boat itself was comfortable and had windows that could be opened to take photographs as you went round. I can recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to experience the canal system, yet still see what the City of Amsterdam has to offer.

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