Round trip to Amsterdam
Oct 14, 2013
|We are back in Amsterdam where we started this adventure five months ago. We had some time to continue exploring the city. Amsterdam is a really, really fun city and is one of my favorites. The city is crazy and hectic but very manageable because you can walk most places and the public transportation is easy to figure out. We spent two days just walking around looking at all the sights and one day at the Rijksmuseum. This museum is one of the finest art museums in Europe and you can tell by the line to get inside. We bought tickets ahead of time which means you can skip the line and go right in. Well, it still took us one hour to get in as we waited outside in the pouring rain. If you don't have presale tickets the wait is more like two hours. And this is the slower season! One of the museum's highlights is Rembrandt's Night Watchman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Watch
The wait was long but it was worth it,
But all trips must come to an end so we spent a day cleaning our little camper before taking it back to dealer. At this time our plan is to keep the camper for at least one more year. We hope to return next year to continue our adventure.
Here are some of my thoughts about the countries we visited which included Netherlands, Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Germany, Luxembourg,Belgium, France, England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Favorite countries: Netherlands,Belgium, Denmark, island of Ireland
Best beer: Belgium
Worst beer: Norway, England
Best pastry: Sweden
Best bread: Irish brown soda bread
Best chocolate: Belgium
Best music: Ireland, Copenhagen jazz festival
Best pubs: Ireland
Best place to ride a bicycle: Netherlands
Worst place to ride a bicycle: England
Fastest drivers: Germany autobahn, England everywhere
Slowest drivers: Norway
Craziest drivers: England, Ireland
Best beaches: Belgium
Prettiest countryside: Norway, Ireland
Favorite big cities:Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen,Dublin
Most expensive petrol: Norway, England
Least expensive petrol: Luxembourg
Cutest dogs: England
Most expensive country: Norway
Least expensive country: Germany
Most CCTV: England everywhere! You probably get captured on video 500 times a day.
Two things about Europe that disappointed me. There is way too much dog poop everywhere! It really is a huge problem and there are lots of signs and heavy fines but it doesn't seem to work. Also, there is a lot of graffiti everywhere in the big cities but also in the smaller cities. Some of it is really good so I think they now just leave it up and consider it art.
Had a great trip. Thanks for reading our blog.