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Finally got around to publishing my photo’s on my Flickr feed from last years trip to India & Dubai

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Finally got around to publishing my photo’s on my Flickr feed from last years trip to India & Dubai

Well after only three months I have finally got around to editing and publishing my photo’s on my Flickr feed, better late than never.

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Amsterdam

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Amsterdam

Well it’s to Holland this time, to the stunning city of Amsterdam. This trip all came about one afternoon having some lunch and a drink in a pub in my home town of Lincoln UK, when I was checking my emails, I received an email from Ryanair advertising one of their many sales, so I fired up the iPad looked at some dates and prices to  the various locations on offer and it was unanimously agreed that we should take a trip to Amsterdam, and so with a tap of a finger flights and hotel were booked. We found our accommodation on the trusty Booking.com website, and after viewing a few possibilities we settled on the Blue Tower Hotel. The hotel was just on the outskirts of the main city centre but in a great location for transport links and was very nice indeed.

When we arrived it was pouring with rain as it was when we left the UK but undeterred and with bags dropped in hotel it was off exploring. We took the tram to the city centre. “Top Tip” A good option if you intend to travel around the city is to buy a 24hr travel card which can be used on buses, trams and metro the cost at time of writing is €13.50 and is much cheaper than paying for individual journeys. After a stroll around the harbour area and as the day was getting on we decided to find a nice restaurant bar to have a meal and plan our next couple of days in Amsterdam.

It was decided that our first full day in the city a must visit would be the House Of Anne Frank Now its worth mentioning if you don’t like queues you can book tickets online to the house but as it was May we thought we would just turn up but in the summer months I would advise anyone to book in advance. When we arrived the queue was fairly long but not horrendous but moved very quickly and as the weather had turned out nice it was quite pleasant to admire the surroundings and to people watch. The admission ticket also includes an audio guide. The whole tour was excellent but very sad and thought provoking as you can imagine. One thing to point out that when you reach the top of the house there are some very steep stairs to the attic where the family hid, this could be a problem for the less mobile it.

After our visit it was time to head off explore some more of the city. Now as you can imagine Amsterdam has some amazing architecture, very tall and narrow buildings, beautifully designed, and if you look up they all seem to be leaning forward , in fact they are IMG_2996 but this is not because of bad workmanship or subsidence but in fact a very clever inherent design, you will notice all the buildings have a wooden or steel girder protruding from the top with a pulley attached, this enables items of furniture or goods to be hauled up the outside and enter the building through the very large windows as bringing  the items in through the front door  and up the internal staircase would be virtually impossible as the staircases inside are very steep and very narrow.

Another must do whilst in the city is to sample some of the excellent gouda cheese, I did not realise there were so many different varieties, “Top Tip” visit one of the many shops selling the cheeses, most of which offer small pieces to sample.IMG_2997

Another thing Amsterdam is famous for its cycling, although it is impossible to say city authorities estimate this figure to be around 600,000 other sites on the web suggest this figure could be as high as 1,000,000 who knows, all I know is there seems to be as many cycle routes as there are roads, and the cycle paths even have their own traffic lights, and its the first place I have seen on my travels which have multi story parking just  for bicycles, amazing.

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Finally a visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without a trip on one of the cities glass roofed canal boats we took a trip on one which we boarded in the Rembrandt area of the city near the Hard Rock Cafe, tours last approx one hour and are a great way to see the cities canal ways, our trip was made especially good-by the fact we had glorious spring sunshine.

Finally, I know I’ve already said that but I do mean it this time, I have to mention Amsterdam’s nightlife now I’m sure everyone is aware of the famous of infamous red light area of the city for nightlife amongst other things but there is more to the city in the way of nightlife other than the reeperbahn, we found a great little bar/club called Bourbon Street, the club is situated in Leidsekruisstraat 6-8 which is in the Rembrandt area which is near to the Hard Rock Cafe, Live music is played most nights, entrance is free on a Monday, coincidently the night we was there, a great night was had by all

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Well that’s it for this trip, next up is the big tour of India, so watch this space. So its bye from me, stay safe, keep well but most importantly keep following

You can find many more photo’s of our trip to Amsterdam along with lots from our previous exploits on my Flickr photo stream, just click on the link at the top of the page.

Mini Cruise to Bruges

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Well as its my wife’s birthday next month I was trying to work out where to go for a short break to celebrate the occasion, I was not sure where this was going to be, so I looked into various places in the UK and could not decide then in conversation with our dear friend and travelling companion we recalled our mini cruise to Santander from Plymouth some eleven or twelve years previous. We had such a great time on this trip it put a seed in my head as to look into doing something like this again, also I must have had some divine intervention from my very dear friend Tony who sadly passed away 10 years ago on the 25th Oct, and was with us on our trip to Santander. Now as we live in Lincolnshire and we are not very far from Hull I decided to look on P&O ferries website and discovered that they were doing some very good two for one deals on mini cruises to Zeebrugge with a choice of either Amsterdam, Bruges or Rotterdam so we decided on Bruges. Now the trip consists of an overnight crossing to Zeebrugge then a short coach journey to the city of Bruges and returning later that eve for the overnight crossing back, but as we felt that a day trip was not long enough we opted for adding another night to our trip and are staying in Bruges at the Hotel Jacob for one night, which we found and booked on the very good hotel site Booking.Com.  and all this for the very reasonable price of approx £150. So another trip that we are looking forward. I will post on our exploits through-out the trip and Photo’s on my Flickr page, and I will also post hopefully some helpful tips on the cruise and the city of Bruges itself

I will sign off for now so stay safe and keep following

Danube River Trip, Margaret Island and (Budapest info and Tips)

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Our last day in Budapest, the weather was warm we had clear blue skies, perfect day for our river boat trip on the Danube, so after a nice breakfast off we set. We walked a different direction today and headed along the main shopping street in the city to the Szabadság híd or Liberty Bridge, as it’s along the river edge here you will find most of the tour boats for trips along the Danube. There are various companies to choose from ranging from 1900 HUF about £5.50 to 3000 HUF £8.50 but all appear to do the same route. Now we chose the cheaper boat not because of the price but the fact at set times of the day it you could stop off at Margaret island have a look around and board a later boat, which is what we did. Now Margaret Island is basically a large park and although its called an Island you can get on and off by road but it’s much nicer to arrive by boat. so we duly alighted and walked from one end to the other and back again a long but pleasant stroll indeed. You can hire cycles conventual types, tandems, even a four person affair to get you around, there are various food and ice cream stalls to keep you refreshed, there is even a large Lido for anyone who wants a swim but this was closed when we walked by, I presume it’s only open in the summer months. Well it was time to head back to the jetty to catch our boat for the return trip, passing the magnificent Parliament building, Royal Palace and passing under the chain bridge one last time. It was then back to the apartment pick up our cases and wait for our taxi for the journey to the airport.

Finally here are some various websites and general tips I have found to help anyone planning a trip to the wonderful city of Budapest, firstly a list of must do’s and see’s

Top Sights

There is much more to see and do, I recommend getting a good guide-book, I always use Lonely Planet guides. You could also have a look at another website I found with some useful info on the city Top Budapest Attractions

Accommodation

We always seem to use Booking.com as we have always had excellent service from them and this is where we found Trendy Apartments highly recommended

Getting Around

Now we walked everywhere to all the main sights which is very easy indeed, and I am less abled than most so it would be a breeze for someone who is fit and healthy. The only time we used the transport system is when we visited Hero’s square which is at the end of Andrassey Ave as it’s quite a long walk. The transport system is very easy to use and cheap, here is another useful website that I have found Budapest Travel

Finally I have posted a few photo’s on my blog but the bulk of the photo’s I took and which are in much higher quality are on my Flickr page so please have a look and leave some comments as I would appreciate it.

Well that’s it for this trip but please keep following as I am sure there will be many more, our next big trip is Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in march of next year, but I’m sure we will fit the odd one or two night trip in before then

So signing off for now stay safe, keep well, and keep following, and any questions please do not hestiate to contact me.