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May292012

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Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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4 star rating: Recommended

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Brussels is a beautiful city and one should spend a whole day there, however, be prepared to walk quite a bit and climb some steep hills (there are steps). Not for somebody who walks slowly or with difficulty. And be prepared to speak French - they frown when you do English.......It poured with rain when we reached Antwerp and my mother and I ducked into the first bar/coffeeshop and spent the afternoon playing cards until it was time to meet at the bus. Even so we were soaked and cold - I don't know how the rest of the tour coped. I would do this tour again in summer - it's worth the hours on the bus and the guide made the time go by quickly.

Apr162012

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Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I am biased by being a biologist and having visited Kew gardens before Keukenhof. The latter is basically a showcase for nurseries and agents so you are faced by quite symmetrical beds, rows of mostly tulips, and lots of bulbs originating from my home country South Africa (Kniphofia, Agapanthus, Zantedischia and many more). Although beautiful and well worth the visit for any gardening enthusiast I would have enjoyed a more informal garden outlay with some attempt at separating artificial from natural occuring varieties. The tour guide was competent and gave sufficient time for the tourists to photograph those areas where we could not stop. It was also still very cold and windy and I would recommend braving the crowds and visiting later in the season.

Apr142012

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Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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On the first day of our weeklong stay in Amsterdam we chose the canal bus (boat) tour instead of the streetbus. It was the right choice. The boat is covered so you do not feel the cold and wind as much, but the seats are a bit low so you end up missing a lot of the sights that are sort of at eyelevel. It does, however, give you an excellent orienteering experience. especially if you do all the lines, and the recorded info guide gives quite interesting facts about the places you pass by. Not really convenient for transport from the hotel we were staying in, but could be for those staying close to one of the regular stops.

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