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).
2018 There was no shuttle bus although there was a long walk, even before we got out of the terminal, and another long walk before we even got to the Railway Station (which, to be honest, is the first point of interest we reached) - took us 40 minutes! Still, there was an "interesting" bike parked on the way:
I wanted to go back to Dam Square (we'd seen a destination lecture on board for Amsterdam and I remembered how good it was) so left Edna sitting on her rollator and went striding(?) off. To be honest the buildings looked a bit drab (the weather didn't help), they could do with a bit of a clean-up. Sorry Amsterdam, I know times are hard but I'm merely making a comment as a tourist (it doesn't make me love Amsterdam less).
Walked from Dam Square to the Old Church. It's right by the red light didtrict but I didn't realise 'til much later, and I was on my own! Having said that, not even giving the red light didtrict a thought is probably a sign of my age. Then passed the St. Olof's Chapel (it's now a Conference Centre for an hotel apparently) before popping into St. Nicholas's near the Railway Station. Met up with Edna and a stroll back to the Ship.