1983, 1985 Magellan Cruise in 2015. 2017 Rhine Cruise.
1983. What a lovely City!
We caught the bus and then a no. 16 tram from the Airport to the City
(we certainly wouldn't do that now but we were over 30 years younger!)
and the tram driver and a passenger pointed out our Hotel (The Memphis,
4*, excellent) and we were let off the tram by the entrance (because
of all our luggage). As Edna said in her journal at the time "I
think I shall like the Dutch." We did then and nothing has made
us change our minds in the intervening years.
and El Rancho, an Argentinian
Steak House, that's my sort of thing! Both excellent. Having said that,
the brown bars and Indonesian restaurants offered excellent value for
1985. We were astonished!
The plane we flew in (to Rotterdam) had propellors! By 1985 this was
most unusual. The cockpit door was left open and anyone who wanted to
could go in and meet the pilot and co-pilot. Happy days.
I did go back again for a few days (with a couple of friends) to explore the record shops (one friend, God rest his Soul, was a '50s fanatic).
2015. To be honest this
was not what we wanted. We travelled north to collect some Dutch passengers
on our trip to the Canaries. A few hours in Amsterdam (actually we enjoyed
going around the souvenir shops, a cut above many other cities) but
it meant that we lost at least a day and a half in the sun! Alright,
they might need to fill up the ship but, we've never been on a cruise
before that has to rely on a detour. Nice few hours in Amsterdam (no
problem there) but we were going to the Canaries and could have got
2017 Rhine Cruise. Arrived
in the afternoon so decided to do a Coach / River trip as there wouldn't
be time for much else. Excellent coach tour and a nice cruise around
the canals (we'd done it all before of course) but it did remind us
what a lovely City Amsterdam is. Trouble is, photos from the coach and
boat don't work as well and there was not much time for walking (above
photo is taken from the coach).