LOCATION: Ibis Hotel, Central Amsterdam, The Netherlands
WEATHER: Overcast. High 64
We got an early start for our trip to Amsterdam. We caught the 6:42 AM train to Nice, then walked to the airport terminal. ($3 as compared to a $60 cab ride).
We have really enjoyed our week’s stay in Beaulieu sur Mer. Thanks to housesitting friends, we found this lovely place and very comfortable apartment. Here is the town on the map….
And here are some photos of the 4th floor apartment, quite chic….
We had a layover in Copenhagen. We flew on Norwegian Airline, using a refund from a flight we made and had to cancel two years ago, due to Covid. When in Rome…..Since we were in Denmark, we had smorgesboard sandwiches for lunch. The display was beautiful artwork. George had a liver pate, with beets on rye, and I had smoked salmon and cucumber on firm, wheat bread.
We continue to travel with joy! Spotted this restaurant in the airport.
George is happy that we are back in the land of beer…
On to Amsterdam. We managed to figure out the train from the airport to downtown. It is really a different vibe here. First of all, a lot of drunks and potheads in front of the train station….
And bikes absolutely everywhere! This is a 2500 bike parking lot in front of our hotel.
People have been so nice to me for my birthday. The hotel gave us vouchers for drinks in their bar. Then, we strolled around the very busy streets looking for dinner options.
We happened upon the Red Light District. Sex workers sit in their windows, surrounded by red lights, to beckon in customers. No one bats an eye!
We found a cozy restaurant with really friendly staff. I had fish and chips, and George ordered beef carpaccio. It was all very good. The staff surprised me with a birthday song and complimentary ice cream…
BOOK: “The Lost Art of Gratitude” by Alexander McCall Smith. As always, he does not disappoint. This is one of the series about a philosopher and her lovely family. 4 stars out of 5