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AMSTERDAM - BOATS, BIKES AND BOOZE

Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO.

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NOT ONE OF THE BETTER PHOTOS I TOOK IN AMSTERDAM, HOWEVER
THIS PHOTO BRINGS BACK HAPPY MEMORIES OF OUR HOUSEBOAT.

YES, WE STAYED ON A HOUSEBOAT! IT WAS AWESOME!
HOUSEBOAT B042

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aussirose and Houseboat owner Frank

aussirose and Houseboat owner Frank

WHEN PLANNING OUR HOLIDAY, AMSTERDAM WAS ONE OF THE FIRST
ON MY LIST. NOT BECAUSE OF THE BOATS, BIKES AND BOOZE... BUT
BECAUSE OF MY GOOD VIRTUALTOURIST FRIEND PJ (Pieter Jan) AND HIS
LOVELY WIFE SWANET. MEETING UP WITH PJ AND SWANET WAS THE
HIGHLIGHT OF AMSTERDAM :)

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WE ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING ANOTHER AMSTERDAM
RESIDENT, DIANNA (Dila) WHO KINDLY SHOWED US AROUND ON A
NICE WALKING TOUR OF AMSTERDAM AND ALSO JOINED IN ON OUR
DAILY ACTIVITIES.

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OUR TIME IN AMSTERDAM WAS ACCOMPANIED BY RAIN WHICH COULD HAVE
PUT A DAMPER ON THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, BUT IT DIDN'T MATTER MUCH.
WE HAD A FUN TIME ANYWAY :)

OUR WHOLE EUROPE TRIP INCORPORATED SO MANY NEW AND DIFFERENT
EXPERIENCES, CULTURES AND SIGHTS.... IN FACT THERE WAS A WOW FACTOR
AROUND EVERY CORNER! AMSTERDAM WAS NO DIFFERENT.

MY HIGHLIGHT HERE WAS THE CANALS. YES, WE DID THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT,
WINDMILLS AND THE FUN HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE, BUT THE CANALS FOR ME
WAS THE HIGHLIGHT.

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 HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE

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HUBBY WORE HIS FBI T-SHORT ESPECIALLY FOR THE OCCASION -
FAMOUS BEER INSPECTOR :)

WE HAD BEEN TASING BEERS ALL THROUGH GERMANY AND BELGIUM.
NOW CAME THE TIME FOR THE FBI TO PUT HEINEKEN, AMSTERDAM TO
THE TEST!!!

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SO FAR SO GOOD... THE FBI IS IMPRESSED.
PJ GIVES HIS NOD OF APPROVAL.....
THE FBI IS STILL WORKING ON IT. ;)

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NOW FOR THE FIRST TEST..........
THE FBI SMELLS THE INGREDIENTS.
YOU NEED TO HAVE GOOD BARLEY, HOPS AND YEAST.
NOT BAD...... SAYS THE FBI.

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NOW FOR THE ALL IMPORTANT TASTE TEST.
CHECK OUT THE BUBBLES, CLARITY...... AND TASTE!
DOES IT PASS?....

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FINAL INSPECTION COMPLETED! BEER PASSED THE TEST!!

MEANWHILE BIRGIT AND SWANET WERE DOING A BIT OF THEIR
OWN SMELLING AND TASTING ;)

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THE HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE MAY BE A BIT TACKY BUT THE FBI AND I
AGREE THAT IT IS WELL WORTH A VISIT.

YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE THE FEELING OF ACTUALLY BEING A BEER
BEING MADE AND BOTTLED BY MEANS OF A SIMULATED ACTIVITY.
THEY HAVE OTHER FUN STUFF TO DO INCLUDING KAREOKE :)

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AND AT THE END THERE IS A BEER POURING COMPETITION.

WE WERE ALL GIVEN 2 BUTTONS FOR FREE BEERS. YOU COULD USE
THE 2 BUTTONS TO POUR YOUR OWN BEER.

THE FBI COULDN'T RESIST THE CHALLENGE :)
HUBBY STEPPED UP AND POURED HIS BEER LIKE A TRUE FBI PRO!
UNLIKE HIS FEEBLE ATTEMPT IN BRUGGES...... lol.

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AND RECEIVED A HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE BEER PULLING CERTIFICATE!

THE CROWD CLAPPED AND CHEERED!!

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AND HUBBY PROCEEDED TO SCAB A FEW MORE BUTTONS FROM THOSE
WHO CHEERFULLY GAVE THEM AWAY TO THE FAMOUS FBI.... :)

ZAANSE SCHANS

A TRIP TO AMSTERDAM IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT VISITING THE LOVELY
WINDMILLS. LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE OF ZAANSE SCHANS WHICH IS
JUST A SHORT TRAIN RIDE FROM CENTRAL STATION. THE LINK ABOVE
SHOWS HOW TO GET HERE.

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WE HAD EXPERIENCED LOTS OF FIRST'S ON OUR EUROPE TRIP -
CHIMING CLOCKS, COBBLEDSTONE STREETS, CASTLES, A BIG
PALACE, CANALS, HORSE & BUGGY.... AND NOW FOR THE WINDMILLS.

I LOVED OUR DAY OUT HERE. THE LITTLE VILLAGE IS JUST GORGEOUS!!

I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE 25 HISTORIC HOUSES IN WHICH AROUND 40
PEOPLE STILL LIVE WITH 2 WORKING WINDMILLS STILL SELLING THEIR
PRODUCTS TO NEARBY FACTORIES.

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HERE IN ZAANSE SCHANS I HAD THE BEST APPLE PIE EVER!! YUUUM!!
DE HOOP OP D'SWARTE WALVIS RESTAURANT

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A WANDER AROUND AMSTERDAM WITH AUSSIROSE

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Begijnhof

Begijnhof

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Anne Frank Statue

Anne Frank Statue

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Brouwerij 't IJ Brewery

Brouwerij 't IJ Brewery

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XXXX Beer at Brouwerij 't IJ Amsterdam

XXXX Beer at Brouwerij 't IJ Amsterdam

We caught tram No. 5 and Dianna was Driving !!!

We caught tram No. 5 and Dianna was Driving !!!

BIKES OF AMSTERDAM

BEWARE.... BIKE RIDERS HERE HAVE PRIORITY... WELL AT LEAST THAT
IS THE EXPERIENCE I HAD. DO NOT LINGER ON A BIKE PATH!!! ;)

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AMSTERDAM AT NIGHT

IT'S NO SECRET THAT I LOVE NIGHT LIGHTS AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY!
I EVEN TOOK A LOVELY SHORT VIDEO OF THE NIGHT LIGHTS
REFLECTING ON THE CANAL NEAR OUR HOUSEBOAT WHICH I WILL
ATTEMPT TO UPLOAD HERE LATER.

AMSTERDAM AT NIGHT WAS STUNNING!! AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW :)

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VT MEET PIX

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oxymoron

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AND MARY CAME ALL THE WAY FROM SCOTLAND TO OUR VT MEET!!
THAT IS AWESOME!! HAD A WONDERFUL TIME WITH YOU MARY! xx
IT IS SUCH A PITTY THAT YOU GOT SICK AND COULDN'T ATTEND ANY
OF OUR DAY TRIPS.... :(

THANK YOU SO MUCH PJ AND SWANET FOR HOSTING US IN AMSTERDAM!!
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE GOOD FRIENDS!!! XXX

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NEXT DESTINATION PARIS FOR THE BIG VT MEET!!
AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE FROM HUBBY... KEPT SECRET BY MY VT FRIENDS :)

Posted by aussirose 19:24 Archived in Netherlands Tagged travellerspoint canals amsterdam windmills houseboat trip europe experience heineken 2011 zaanse schans aussirose b042

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Great fun! Lovely blog.

by ADAMYAMEY

Thanks so much Adam for your kind comment :)
xx

by aussirose

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