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Sep 3, 2019 - Joining the Cruise

After another good night (we recommend the hotel), I had breakfast. We packed, sent our bags ahead as instructed, checked out, and relaxed in the lobby until the bus to the dock was ready. As we boarded, we were offered lemon-scented towels to freshen up. Lunch was being served in the Aquavit Lounge while our staterooms were cleaned.

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Sep 2, 2019 - A Day in Amsterdam

We had great sleep and woke to the TV alarm we had set. We enjoyed the included hotel breakfast buffet. We purchased our 24-hour tram pass and were dropped near the Westerkirk, around the corner from Anne Frank's hiding place. (Tickets are only available online and I purchased ours two months prior.) The tour was very informative, even for someone who has read a lot prior; an audio tour was included. It was not as heart-wrenching as I expected. Notable were the narrow, steep stairs and the postcards and celeb photos Anne glued onto the...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Arrival in Amsterdam

We arrived at Hotel Movenpick, Amsterdam about 11:00 a.m., via Viking Hotel shuttle. Our room had been upgraded to top floor, with a great view of river IJ. It bustles with water taxis, ferries, and canal tour boats, as well as touring longships. We had lunch at 4,33 which is just around the corner from our hotel. (Sampler of mushroom soup, Dudok croquette, egg salad....Serrano ham w/tomato tapenade) I was not feeling well, and took a nap. We weren't able to do any sightseeing that day. Jet lag was pretty bad. We had dinner at Silk in the...

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Aug 22, 2019 - Amsterdam - Day 2

We're trying to figure out downloading pix from our cameras. In the meantime we used our tablet this evening. Today we took a tour of the palace and strolled around until lunchtime. After that we meandered through the streets and visited a few stores. We went back to our room for a snooze. We decided on Thai for dinner. The pictures posted are pre/post dinner.

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Baltic Cruise - 2019

Aug 21, 2019 - Amsterdam, day 1

We left Chicago on Tuesday afternoon about 40 minutes late but arrived in Amsterdam 30 minutes early. We arrived on Wednesday morning. A big jump in time that we`ll gladly get back when we fly home. I had pre-arranged a taxi pickup at the Amsterdam airport. A good decision. The driver met us at baggage claim and helped us with our luggage. Our hotel is in the heart of the city. Our room wasn't quite ready so we checked our bags and walked to a local restaurant that was suggested by the concierge. We had a lite but tasty lunch. After an...

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Baltic Cruise - 2019

Jun 14, 2019 - More Amsterdam

When we got up, the weather was gray but dry. After another great buffet breakfast, we packed our bags and took them down for transfer to the ship. We checked out and bought tickets for a canal cruise. At which point it started pouring! :-( So we pulled our raincoats out of our suitcases. After a little, it let up, so we walked over to the canal cruise location. Turns out there are many companies doing these canal cruises, so it took a while to find the right place. By the time we boarded it had quit raining. The 1-hour cruise showed us...

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Jun 13, 2019 - Busy day

I finally got to sleep after 5:30 pm, and woke up when Larry got up at 7:30 am. We went to the breakfast buffet, which was huge, with a large selection of food and beverages and (according to Larry) chocolate muffins to die for. At 9:30 we met in the lobby for a Viking walking tour of the city. We had voice devices, so we could hear our guide even if we weren't very close. Nice. It was a good 2 hour tour. Part of it was in the area we had explored last night. It included history, architecture, as well as a general intro to the city. It...

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Jun 1, 2019 - Dubrovnik to Franeker, Netherlands

June 1, 2019. Travel Day, Dubrovnik to Franeker, Netherlands. Today we end our Balkan Adventure and we will travel to the Netherlands to visit Eke's family for the next twelve days. Our flight from Dubrovnik to Amsterdam departs at 6:50AM and we will share a cab to the airport with Ben whose flight is at 6:15AM. We are required to be at the airport two hours before flight time. So we rose extremely early (3AM) in order to be at the airport by 4. This is what Dubrovnik Airport looks like at that time. It was not until about an hour...

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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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Cruising to 170

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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