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The Passport Kerfluffle, Kinderdijk and a Dinner

Meeting VT Friends in Rotterdam


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2009 Baltic Cruise & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

24 June 2009

The Rotterdam docks in Rotterdam

The Rotterdam docks in Rotterdam


I asked for early embarkation. We got luggage tags marked Pink 5, with a time of 0700 to 0730.
Granddaughter's suitcase (and foot)

Granddaughter's suitcase (and foot)


I asked for breakfast at 5:30 to 6, and for a wake-up call at 5:15. Breakfast again came before the wake-up call.

They said they would not call individual boarding times on the intercom, but we should just go at the time allotted. So at 0715, we went to try to find where to get off. However they did call individual times and kept making an announcement that we shouldn't congregate around the gangway. So we sat in the atrium on our floor and waited. I tried, but I couldn't log on to the internet. At this point I asked B if she had her cabin key (which she did) and her passport. I discovered to my horror that she had packed both her passport and her camera in the backpack. Which had been taken off with the hold luggage and was in the terminal.
Well.

We showed our room keys and got off but then when we got to immigration, I had a passport but she didn't. I didn't even have the copy of her passport, and neither did she. They let me go down to the baggage claim area without her, and I picked up the knapsack and brought it back to her, and then we went through.

We got down and claimed our bags and walked out to get a taxi. There were a lot of people wanting taxis and no taxis. We waited about a half hour for a taxi.
Granddaughter waiting for the taxi

Granddaughter waiting for the taxi

Passengers boarding a bus

Passengers boarding a bus


When we got one, he proved to be a Greek who came to Rotterdam in 1976. He took us to the hotel and on the way I asked him how to get to Kinderdijk. He said he would drive us there for €100 and wouldn't charge us for waiting time. Having gotten up very early and not wanting to walk more than I had to, I agreed.
Traffic from a taxi in 2009

Traffic from a taxi in 2009

Clock in Rotterdam

Clock in Rotterdam

Suspension bridge

Suspension bridge

Top of the bridge

Top of the bridge

Buildings in Rotterdam near the hotel

Buildings in Rotterdam near the hotel


When we stayed here, this was called
The Golden Tulip

The Golden Tulip


.
We checked in and even though it was early in the day, they had a room ready. We got a cart and went up the elevator
Elevator

Elevator


and took the suitcases up to the room, which was a nice waterside room looking out on the canal. However it had a queen bed, and my granddaughter pitched a fit about sleeping in the same bed as me. So I went back down to the reception desk and switched to a twin bed room which was which was streetside (noisier). There was a trolley/metro stop out front and the view from our room of the street was interesting. Both rooms were €125 for the night I also got €200 from the hotel cashier charged on my bill so I could pay the cab driver.

In addition to free wi-fi through the hotel, there was a place to use their computers down in the lobby. This is a non-smoking hotel In the room we had a small table by the window with snacks on it (snacks not free), a small TV (including CNN and in-house movies),
Hotel room

Hotel room


in-room personal safe and mini-bar, and a very nice bathroom.
4560060-Sink_Rotterdam.jpgSink

Sink

Shower tub area

Shower tub area

Then we went back down to the cab
Village near Kinderdijk

Village near Kinderdijk


and went to Kinderdijk which is a
Windmill Museum

Windmill Museum


The cab driver gave us each a juice box, which B didn't want to take, so I took both of them. I had thought we might have a boat ride, but we were there too early for a boat trip.
From the taxi in the parking lot

From the taxi in the parking lot

Welcome to Kinderkijk

Welcome to Kinderkijk


Windmill

Windmill

Reflections and water lilies

Reflections and water lilies

DSCN3159.JPGDucks

Ducks

Ducks in the reeds

Ducks in the reeds

Purple flowers

Purple flowers

Canal reflections

Canal reflections

Houses on the canal

Houses on the canal

Cows

Cows

1738 date on the windmill

1738 date on the windmill

Thatched roof

Thatched roof

Windmill

Windmill


B rented a bicycle for about $5.00 and was quite happy about that.
My granddaughter on a rented bike

My granddaughter on a rented bike

948354274562753-Her_picture_..Kinderdijk.jpgHer photos of her handlebard and the path

Her photos of her handlebard and the path


The price was € 10.00 for the bikes with coaster and € 12.50 per bike with hand brakes and gears. A tandem is € 15.00 per day. They have 40 old style Gazelle-bicycles available for group rent in Kinderdijk and 50 brand new urban bikes, also 8 new junior bikes, 3 tandems, tricycles for less mobile guests or for fun, there are unicycles. They have child seats, bike bags and helmets. You can make a reservation for a bike and there are many day trip routes you can take from there. The bike rental people can also provide you with picknickbags.

She did ask me for her juice which she had rejected. I paid the € 2 for her to see the mill that was open
Granddaughter going to see the windmill

Granddaughter going to see the windmill


Walkway to the windmill

Walkway to the windmill

Wooden shoes

Wooden shoes

DSCN3201.JPGOld fashioned lamp, Clock and cupboard

Old fashioned lamp, Clock and cupboard

DSCN3204.JPGBed and Pottery

Bed and Pottery

Stove

Stove

Insides of the mill

Insides of the mill

Inside the mill

Inside the mill

Boots on the wall

Boots on the wall

Looking out

Looking out

Stairs

Stairs

View from the top

View from the top

Granddaugher's hand on the brickwork

Granddaugher's hand on the brickwork

From the mill

From the mill


I sat with her bike while she did that.
Her picture of herself

Her picture of herself

Path along the top of the dykes

Path along the top of the dykes

Different type of windmill

Different type of windmill

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Dogs on lead

Dogs on lead

Windmill door

Windmill door

Side of the sail

Side of the sail

Powering the sail

Powering the sail


But when she got back and went off to ride the bike some more I observed that the people from the boat were getting in free with a #1 sticker which I had one just like it on my cane from the Berlin tour. So I took it off my cane and put it on me and walked in. I didn't climb to the top like my granddaughter did.

When I got back to the taxi about 1030, he gave me a map/brochure on the area which I thought was nice of him, but really he got it free with the parking which was € 5.
Taxi card

Taxi card


TIny car

TIny car


Drawbridge

Drawbridge

Lipton Iced Tea ad

Lipton Iced Tea ad


Granddaughter walking in

Granddaughter walking in


We were back at the hotel by 11:00 and we had lunch at the hotel restaurant (called Water) so we could charge it to the room.
Lunch buffet

Lunch buffet


The restaurant looked out on the canal and we could see a drawbridge opening sometimes from there.
View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant

Drawbridge raised from the restaurant

Drawbridge raised from the restaurant

Boat that just went through the drawbridge

Boat that just went through the drawbridge


She had
Tomato soup

Tomato soup


and I had a
Fried egg sandwich on cornbread

Fried egg sandwich on cornbread

Cornbread (bread with kernals of corn in it)  I ate most of it before I thought to take the photo

Cornbread (bread with kernals of corn in it) I ate most of it before I thought to take the photo


This corn bread wasn't like our corn bread at all. It was bread with kernals of corn in it.
Butter at the hotel restaurant

Butter at the hotel restaurant


Lunch ticket

Lunch ticket

After lunch B had a nap and I did too after a bit. B has the sniffles or draining sinuses or something

We went down to the restaurant again at 6 and met my internet friends from Virtual Tourist. Pieter set up the meeting. We met at our hotel (The Golden Tulip) and had a drink with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Pieter Jan VINK

Mr. and Mrs. Pieter Jan VINK

Anke-Thea

Anke-Thea

GrandmaR_Breeann

GrandmaR_Breeann


Then Anke-Thea and Roy went ahead and found us a place to eat. When they found it, Pieter led us there.
Hoek van Holland Front Light (Old)

Hoek van Holland Front Light (Old)


I even found a lighthouse on the walk. 1899 lighthouse, which has been inactive since 1974 (a decorative light is displayed). A little round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red; lantern is painted white with a red dome. The lighthouse was prefabricated in Dordrecht by Penn & Bauduin. The light was deactivated when the construction of Europoort required new range lights for the Maasmond area. In 1977 the lighthouse was relocated to the Havenmuseum in Rotterdam;
4512238-Walk_of_fame_Rotterdam.jpgWalk of fame

Walk of fame

Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame

Street sign in Rotterdam

Street sign in Rotterdam


The restaurant was named Koosie (for a cat)
Koosie Restaurant

Koosie Restaurant


where we had lots of good food. And drink. And conversation.
Taking a VT photo

Taking a VT photo

Our_VT_bunch_Rotterdam

Our_VT_bunch_Rotterdam


4512242-VT_Meeting_2009_Rotterdam.jpgAppetizer

Appetizer

Appetizer

Appetizer

Pieter and Roy

Pieter and Roy

Wine glass reflections

Wine glass reflections

A toast

A toast

Dinner

Dinner

Dessert

Dessert

Change_for_Imaniac

Change_for_Imaniac


Then Anke-Thea and Roy walked us back to our hotel. So I wouldn't get lost.
Walking back to the hotel

Walking back to the hotel


Hell Light in the road

Hell Light in the road


Pieter's wife gave B some nose drops for her sniffles and she is much happpier now that she can breath.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:44 Archived in Netherlands Comments (1)

Always the Wrong Side

Training to Amsterdam


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25 June 2009
View from our room

View from our room


When I checked in yesterday, the receptionist told me I could have breakfast at the hotel for €18 instead of 20. Since I had not had an opportunity to stock up at the buffet on the ship because of our early debarkation, I decided to go ahead and do that.
Canal from the restaurant

Canal from the restaurant


Breakfast was a really big spread, bigger than a Hampton Inn even.
Buffet

Buffet


There were hot hard boiled eggs, bacon, scrambled eggs,
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Breakfast eggs

About 15 kinds of fruit from melon and peaches to prunes

About 15 kinds of fruit from melon and peaches to prunes


yogurt, a toaster to make toast,
Various kinds of Bread on the buffet

Various kinds of Bread on the buffet


Three kinds of cold cereal

Three kinds of cold cereal


Croissant and butter

Croissant and butter


Jars of jam etc. on the buffet

Jars of jam etc. on the buffet


Cold meats and cheese (and butter)

Cold meats and cheese (and butter)


Tea

Tea


coffee, milk and juice.

We packed and left the hotel just at noon. They called a cab driver for us to take us to the railroad station although everyone keeps telling me I should take the streecar. NOT

The cab driver wanted us to pay him €180 to take us to Amsterdam but I didn't accept so he dropped us on the back side of the station. My bag got very very heavy while we were on the ship. My bag got very very heavy while we were on the ship. I later calculated that it was about 53 pounds.

When I tried to buy a ticket, none of the ticket machines would take a US credit card, so I had to walk from the back of the station to the front to get tickets. Eventually I left B with the bags and walked up to the money exchange area. It has gotten warm and was sunny, so I was drenched with sweat when I got there, and the lady in the booth gave me a packet of towelettes kind of thing - they were printed with $100 bills (Ben Franklin's face). The train tickets were € 26 each but then they gave us the wrong directions to the train. There were steps to go up to get to the platform and I just can't carry my bag and neither can B.
4557916-Rotterdam_station_Netherlands.jpgRotterdam train station

Rotterdam train station


Every time someone helped me (and they did), they basically had trouble lifting my bag. It was very stressful and tiring. Because of the wrong directions, we ended up on the local train instead of the fast train. But I was not going to go up steps and down steps to get to the fast train and I didn't really care as long as I got to Amsterdam. We went through Utrecht.
x100_2551.JPGMy granddaughter holds the Towelette with $100 bills on it

My granddaughter holds the Towelette with $100 bills on it

100_2557.JPGx100_2552.JPGFrom the train

From the train


We went the wrong direction in Amsterdam too and ended up at the back of the station instead of the front where we could have gotten a cab. One of the cabs that had come to pick up specific people called another cab for me, and he did take us to the hotel.
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Bus lanes

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Built on the foundations of the 13th -century castle Heeren van Aemstel, this hotel (also called the Golden Tulip) is on a pedestrian area called Kolkplein. It is within walking distance (for other people) of Amsterdam Central Station, and it is only 20 minutes from Schiphol International Airport.

All 239 air-conditioned rooms include an ensuite bath/shower, toilet and hairdryer.
100_2584.JPGBathroom

Bathroom


Granddaughter coming out of the bathroom

Granddaughter coming out of the bathroom


The rooms are installed with a worldwide direct dial telephone system, and safe with personal code. The hotel has a breakfast room, but we didn't get breakfast because it was expensive. We were on the 5th floor, and the room was nice. It has twin beds
Single bed

Single bed


and a mini-fridge in addition to the basket of snacks. You also need your card to operate the elevator and the electricity in the room. I was able to log onto the internet. Some people were in an adjacent building. We could look down from the room on the back alley where there was a pedestrian bridge over to that building.
looking down at the pedestrian bridge from our room

looking down at the pedestrian bridge from our room


Sometimes tour groups - all wearing the same color shirt would walk along the street below us.
Group in the street below

Group in the street below


The colour television had in-house movie channels, bill view, a system for personal messages and an information channel. We were able to find a lot of English shows with Dutch subtitles to watch on the TV. We've seen Oprah, Dr. Phil and the Cosby show - also Monk.
Granddaughter taking her photo in the mirror

Granddaughter taking her photo in the mirror


I logged onto the internet and we rested up.
Granddaughter hiding her head

Granddaughter hiding her head


We skipped lunch and when we went out to the front of the hotel and there was a quite lively scene with people eating and drinking and music and all kinds of stuff.
100_2587.JPGFive Bells and people eating outside

Five Bells and people eating outside

471415604678366-From_where_w.._Amsterdam.jpgFrom our dinner table

From our dinner table


B wanted pizza, so we went to the Five Bells Bar and got pepperoni pizza and
WIngs

WIngs


We had virgin drinks which came in glasses which were in the shape of ladies
Woman shaped glass

Woman shaped glass


We had ice cream concoctions for dessert.
Dessert

Dessert

Bill for dinner

Bill for dinner


The cost was € 39.50. I took only 84 pictures and B took less.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 12:56 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Ambling Around Amsterdam

And Planing to Copenhagen


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June 26

View from our window

View from our window


We slept well and got up late. I figured the hop-on-hop-off canal trips wouldn't start too early (they actually started at 0915) so I didn't push too hard to wake up. I had some crackers and an apple that I picked up from the Rotterdam Golden Tuiip and B tried to make coffee in the room. This was a problem because she put the filter and the coffee in the pot and it would erupt coffee all over everything.
Coffee pot

Coffee pot


I found out later that she was to put the coffee in the cup, boil water and pour it in. There are no directions at all in this room (even in Dutch) for how to do things. They don't even have the number to dial on the phone for reception. However the personnel are extremely helpful when reached. More on that later.
Granddaughter sitting on the windowsill

Granddaughter sitting on the windowsill


The hotel personnel (and indeed everyone) keep telling me that things are 'just a five minute walk'. Well I don't want to walk. I know I will HAVE to walk sometimes, but I'm not going out of my way to walk. I got a large blood blister on my big toe which I've been nursing along since the first day on the boat and it has gone down some but is still tender. So we went out of the hotel and got on a tram that was going to the Central Station where the boats left from.

Oops - I got on the exit door. The conductor reprimanded me, and then apparently felt sorry for us because she let us ride free for the one stop that it would take to go to the Central Station.
Inside the tram

Inside the tram


6573895-Towers_of_central_Station_Amsterdam.jpgCentral Station

Central Station


Once there, I bought us tickets on the boat. They did not believe that B was only 12 and she did not have her passport with her so I had to get her the 13-17 ticket which was € 8 instead of free. It would have been a lot easier if she had her school ID with her. We got on the boat that was there which was the Green line.
large_6572472-Hop_On_Hop_Off_Canal_Boat_Amsterdam.jpgCanal barge

Canal barge

A cat in the window

A cat in the window

Mural or graffiti?

Mural or graffiti?


Although I expected to visit Anne Frank's house and asked my granddaughter to read the book, Roy (from Virtual Tourist) said that we would wait in line a long time for the Anne Frank house. Plus he also said that it was a bare room and nothing much to see. The stairs would have been a problem for me and I don't like long lines at the best of times, so we just observed the Anne Frank house from the canal boat tour. There were indeed long lines when we passed. I suspect that the value in going to the Anne Frank house is in imagining yourself in her place, rather than actually viewing the little room.
4690376-Lines_outside_Amsterdam.jpgLine from the boat

Line from the boat

More of the line?

More of the line?


Westerkerk

Westerkerk


"Red Deer" Brewery

"Red Deer" Brewery


Architectural detail

Architectural detail

Brickwork

Brickwork

Gymnasium

Gymnasium

House with awnings

House with awnings

Architecture

Architecture

Little power boat

Little power boat

Willow near the Museum stop

Willow near the Museum stop


so I decided that the thing she would most like to see was the Van Gogh museum, so we got off at that stop (which was about half way around) about 1030. We saw our friends from the Berlin tour on the boat and they got off at the same stop.

We had some difficulty finding the Van Gogh museum - the boat driver said it was behind the Rembrandt Museum,
From the canal boat at the museum stop

From the canal boat at the museum stop


Front of museum

Front of museum


which is huge. We walked around to the backside (dodging construction), but we didn't see the museum.
6572503-Side_of_towers_Amsterdam.jpgTowers

Towers


We kept walking and came to a park area. I did not realize when we were there that we were in Museumplein although I knew that the Dutch Museum was at the canal boat stop. It wasn't until I started reading about the fact that there was "I amsterdam" sculpture that I realized that was where we were.
I Amsterdam sign which has been removed because it was a selfie magnet

I Amsterdam sign which has been removed because it was a selfie magnet

Granddaughter in shorts

Granddaughter in shorts


My granddaughter posed in the sculpture on our way to the Van Gogh Museum. There is also a large shallow pond where they have ice-skating in the winter.There are also a basketball court, skateboard ramp and swings
Fountain in square

Fountain in square


with kiosks down the side selling food, and I asked directions there.
Walking through the park

Walking through the park


The lady said it was the second building on the right if we kept going straight ahead to the next block, and she was right.

We walked down along the park, passing one of those living statue people all dressed in purple Statue person

Statue person


and got to the museum about 1100. It was an extremely unprepossessing modern building.
6572438-corner_of_the_museum_Amsterdam.jpgEntrance to museum

Entrance to museum


6572435-pictures_outside_the_museum_Amsterdam.jpgPictures outside of Museum

Pictures outside of Museum


No pictures were allowed inside, but they charged B as a child so her ticket was free and I just paid for mine.
Prices when we were there

Prices when we were there


We got a free wheelchair and went up to the first floor where she would park me opposite a sign to read and then zoom around on her own. She was fascinated by the nude child painting and we stayed a long time at the exhibit that explained how Van Gogh overpainted a lot of his canvases. We went up to the next floor and she sat for awhile at the computer terminal and read some of the letters etc. That website is available outside of the museum, so she can do farther research if she wants. We went down and looked at the shop and bought some post cards, and then turned in the wheelchair and left the museum.
Kiosks on the side

Kiosks on the side

Sandwiches

Sandwiches


By this time it was noon, so we walked back along the kiosks and I bought a coke for B
Coke sign

Coke sign

258604736572545-Sandwich_and.._Amsterdam.jpgSandwichs

Sandwichs

My granddaughter eating lunch

My granddaughter eating lunch


and sandwiches for €10. I told her she could not buy chips. They would just make her thirsty and she does not carry water with her as I do. Also there is no food value in them. We did buy an ice cream cone for each of us (€ 4 for two small cones) and they were very good - creamy and rich.
Looking up at the Trees

Looking up at the Trees

Stall selling ice cream

Stall selling ice cream


Then we walked back to the boat. We went the other way around the Rembrandt museum this time but we had just missed a boat so we had to wait.
Museum stop of hop on hop off canal boat

Museum stop of hop on hop off canal boat

Hard Rock

Hard Rock


The boat that came was the red line, and I did not realize that what they did was the green line left from the west terminal and went around to the east terminal in an anti-clockwise direction. When it got to the east terminal, it was re-incarnated as the red line, which went clockwise (on different canals) to the west terminal. So the Red Line was going to take us right back to where we started.
Map of the canal boat routes from their website

Map of the canal boat routes from their website


The only way to get from east to west was by walking. ACK

There was so much construction at the Central station that it was hard to find our way. We went the wrong way at least once as the directions were - go across two bridges and turn right, and we didn't find the second bridge right away because all the construction hid it. At one point when we were trying to find the Blue line dock, and were stumbling through multiple construction zones, B said to me "If I were having as much trouble as you are, I would have given up by now"
Central Station surrounded by construction

Central Station surrounded by construction


This station was designed by the same person that designed the Rijksmuseum, and I can see similarities. There are two large clock towers but only one of those is a clock. The other is like the 'clock' on top of the town hall in Bermuda and tells you the wind direction from the wind vane that sits atop the station. The weather vane is said to symbolize the maritime trade on the waters of the Netherlands while the clock symbolizes the railway industry.On the 2009 visit I don't think we went into this station, but we were there a couple of times in front of it because the hop on hop off boats left from there and also the trams and buses came in to this point. Eventually we found it and got on the red line boat which was next.
Inside of Boat with the cover off in good weather

Inside of Boat with the cover off in good weather


Another boat

Another boat


Amsterdam symbol (three crosses)

Amsterdam symbol (three crosses)

Crane at the top of the house

Crane at the top of the house

Bridge and boat

Bridge and boat

Gereformeerd Gymnasium

Gereformeerd Gymnasium


I had really wanted to ride the blue line which starts AND stops at the same place, doing a complete circuit. So we got off at the City Hall stop and waited for the Blue Line.
Clock tower

Clock tower

Short round tower

Short round tower

East Indiaman Amsterdam, a replica of a Dutch trading ship

East Indiaman Amsterdam, a replica of a Dutch trading ship

Scheepvaartmuseum (Dutch Maritime Museum) aka NEMO

Scheepvaartmuseum (Dutch Maritime Museum) aka NEMO

Cruise ship dock with Celebrity ship

Cruise ship dock with Celebrity ship

train from the canal

train from the canal

Van Limmik Foundation 1895 in neo-Renaissance style - part of the Amstelhof nursing home (now Hermitage).

Van Limmik Foundation 1895 in neo-Renaissance style - part of the Amstelhof nursing home (now Hermitage).


Magere Brug Bridge or Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River

Magere Brug Bridge or Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River

Het Huis met de Hoofden (the House with the Heads) Dating back to 1622, the facade of this building boasts gargoyles, pillars,and heads

Het Huis met de Hoofden (the House with the Heads) Dating back to 1622, the facade of this building boasts gargoyles, pillars,and heads

Flower pots

Flower pots


Denizen of the canal

Denizen of the canal


Granddaughter on the boat at the end of the day

Granddaughter on the boat at the end of the day

Gassan Diamonds

Gassan Diamonds


Me on the boat

Me on the boat

Knight with Shining Armor near the Central RR Station

Knight with Shining Armor near the Central RR Station


I had thought we'd get off at City Hall again and take the red line to the Rembrandt stop and get on the green line and complete that, but B was tired, so I gave up and got off at the end of the blue line about 1640. Now to get back to our hotel. I went to the information desk that was there and took a number to buy a tram ticket at about 4:45.
My number to be waited on

My number to be waited on

663150826573238-Inside_infor.._Amsterdam.jpgGranddaughter waiting for me to get a tram ticket

Granddaughter waiting for me to get a tram ticket


When I was finally waited on at about 1700 the lady said I could go on any tram except 26 to get back to our hotel. NOT. I really needed to find the specific trams that were on my map as the ones that stopped there. But relying on her directions, we got on tram 9 and that wasn't one of the ones.
Trolley seat

Trolley seat


The driver indicated that we must walk back several blocks after his stop.
Commemoration monument

Commemoration monument

Watch for bikes

Watch for bikes


This was not going to happen. So I found a pedicab guy
Wielertaxis

Wielertaxis


and he pedaled us back to the hotel by 1512 for € 8.
6573261-Looking_at_the_drivers_back_Amsterdam.jpgFrom inside the pedicab

From inside the pedicab

Our Wielertaxi

Our Wielertaxi


B immediately went to bed. We are able to find a lot of English shows with Dutch subtitles to watch on the TV. We've seen Oprah, Dr. Phil and the Cosby show - also Monk. After awhile B got up and took a long shower. We ordered room service for dinner from Humphery's the restaurant next door. They would deliver it to the hotel room and put it on our bill. This is apparently a Netherlands chain.
Humphrey's sign

Humphrey's sign


Their on-line menu has a 3-course menu at a fixed price. On the menu are eight appetizers, eight entrees and eight desserts. These three courses only € 22.50.I don't remember exactly what I had except that I had a steak and it was good.
My steak

My steak

Granddaughter's dinner

Granddaughter's dinner


I asked the front desk if I could have a box to mail some of the heavier stuff home to myself and she said she would call DSL for it in the morning. However it appears that DSL won't come on Saturday so I will have to go to the Central PO to mail the box and that opens at 1000 on Sat. (which is tomorrow). I also got a shuttle bus reservation to the airport for us at 1335. I wanted to print out our boarding passes but I could not get the SAS website to respond with our reservation at all. So eventually I called Expedia. After 20 minutes on the phone, she said that she had put in our information on the SAS site and I should wait for 5 or 10 minutes for it to get there and try again.

When I tried again, I could check us in for the Amsterdam to Copenhagen flight, but couldn't print the boarding passes from the room. So I went down to use the terminal in the hotel. I tried and tried, but each time I would get to the place to print out the boarding pass, I could see them for a minute or so and then the terminal would kick me out close the window and send me back to the hotels main page. After two trips to the desk, one of the girls at the desk went with me and tried and it did the same to her. So it wasn't just me. She finally went into the hotel computer and printed the boarding passes out for me.

Planning to get up and shower tomorrow morning and pack some so I can go to the post office and mail this package and get back in time to check out and get the shuttle.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:59 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

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