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May 22, 2019 - Amsterdam pre-cruise

There are pictures on my phone from the first day here and from a dinner with Ellen and Jolande that will have to wait until I can transfer them to a computer and upload them. Pat & Rita and I got into Amsterdam about 7:30 AM and were ready for our private taxi to our hotels by 8:15. We waited and looked for our driver then I turned on my phone to try to contact the company. The driver had called me at 8 and left when I didn't answer! We finally got together at 9:30 but he couldn't find the van in the parking lot. Then he had to stop and...

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May 17, 2019 - Montreal to the Keukenhof Gardens

After being home only 3 weeks, repacking, and visiting, we left May 12th to fly to Montreal for my 50th nurses' reunion. Gord and I stayed at Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal on St. Paul Street. For 2 days we walked around the area seeing the Basilica Notre Damme..1800's...the original site of the Bank of Montreal...1821...chinatown for lunch after a walk to Rene Leveque Street and the old port area...now refurbished with 2 pyramids..life size and circus tents for Le Cirque de Soleil. With the afternoon waning we walked a couple of doors past...

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Apr 24, 2019 - The Golden Age

It was another adventurous day. We had signed up for the “Golden Age of Amsterdam” tour. We started the day with the hotel’s breakfast buffet, which was filing and tasty. Our tour started at the Coster Diamond museum where we learned a lot about diamond cutting and polishing. Amsterdam is famous for both. We did get to see a diamond in the process of being polished. Using a jeweler’s loupe, we were able to see a half carat diamond whose facets were being smoothed. No free samples were handed out, however. Our next stop was the Rijksmuseum,...

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Apr 23, 2019 - Just a Few More Steps...

Wow! Kathy had 28,931 steps on her Fitbit today. My phone app showed fewer, but then I (in theory) need fewer steps to cover the same ground. Then again, she covered more ground than I while she ditched me - more on that later. This was our first full day in place, after our travel day yesterday, and we made the most of it. We were to meet for our first Viking activity, a walking tour, at 9:30. We’d slept reasonably well and got to our breakfast by about 8:00, so we had plenty of time to enjoy that. It was fancy hotel cafeteria style with...

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Apr 22, 2019 - We made it!

After a LONG flight to Munich, and a shorter flight to Amsterdam, we finally made it. The Amsterdam airport is the largest I can ever remember seeing. It felt like we taxied for miles to get to the terminal, then once inside the terminal, traveled several more miles to the baggage claim area. The Viking rep was there to meet us as promised and gave us a very comfortable ride into town. Our hotel is just a short distance from the central train station. We bought our 48 hour tram pass, rode a tram for one stop (we could have walked), got out...

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Apr 16, 2019 - Day 2 of Amsterdam tour

Off to the Rijksmuseum featuring a special Rembrandt collection. He was a 17th century master with a very unique personality. He only lived 63 years and died a pauper. His works were not renowned until long after his death. Fearing a detached retina for Heidi we took the afternoon off and visited a local hospital. Received wonderful care and a positive discharge. Amsterdam is referred to as the Venice of the north but with fresh water! Beautiful canal waterways! The ship is not small and we are 2/3 full with approximately 90 passengers....

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Apr 15, 2019 - Monday, April 15th, in a Amsterdam

Still suffering with jet lag. Had a delicious breakfast at our hotel followed by a 2 1/2 hour snooze before we departed for our river cruise. We checked into the MS Inspire, downed some Champagne, wonderful lunch and met some very nice people. John met Joe, John Lennon’s undertaker. We discovered that John Lennon’s ashes were spread in Central Park. Heidi wanted to dance the night away, but I went to bed.

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Apr 14, 2019 - A taste of Amsterdam

2019-04-14.Taste of Amsterdam Today, we went on a taste of Amsterdam tour. It was quite nice as we got to traverse parts of the city we had not seen previously and the guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Since there were only 6 of us, it was even nicer. First, we tasted cheeses made by the Reypenaur company. There were milk and goat cheeses to taste from the youngest aged to the oldest and what a difference! The young goat and cow cheese was lovely, creamy and unctuous. As the cheese matures, it dries out and crystallizes and the...

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Apr 14, 2019 - Amsterdam

2019-04-14.Delightful Amsterdam Welcome to the 2014 Flower Power trip journal, so named because we plan to go to the Amsterdam Tulip Festival and expect that we will see evidence of spring's flashy dresses on the greening countryside of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary while traveling on the Viking Skinir. We arrived in Amsterdam around 9:00 Saturday exhausted from the flight from Philadelphia. The flight was fine but the plane was circa 1990 with no selection of movie, no individual TVs and since we were in an exit row, we...

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Apr 14, 2019 - 2nd day in Amsterdam-Keukenhof Gardens

Another chilly day in Amsterdam. Still dressed for snowmobiling. Temperature low 30’s, windy and damp. Close to missing our tour, we boarded the bus and headed to the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof Gardens were amazing! Surrounded by fields of tulips that looked like corn fields in Wisconsin. Blooming 6 weeks during March and April. Bulbs are harvested and shipped around the world. We met some very nice people from a local Army base and relished in the incredible beauty of these amazing gardens. Hope you enjoy our pictures. Following our trip to...

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Apr 13, 2019 - 1st day in Amsterdam

Arrived at 6:20 am with 35 degree temperatures. We’re dressed for snowmobiling. Heidi’s wearing long underwear and down coat. Today was a challenge adjusting to the 7 hour time change. We had an interesting tour of Rembrandt’s home and look forward to the Rijksmuseum tour on Monday. We are refining our jaywalking skills because of so many bicycles in town. A late night tour of the Red Light district displays another side of Amsterdam. On to a Tulip tour tomorrow!

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Apr 12, 2019 - Off We Go!

Welcome everyone.! You are welcome to join us in a 3 week excursion of Europe. We are starting off in Amsterdam for several days then proceeding on a Rhine River Cruise, concluding in Bern, Switzerland. From there we pick up a rental car and forge our way into more of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. We have no itinerary for these 10 days which makes it exciting. We’ll keep you posted from here. We’ll send out posts periodically.

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