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We got up on time and headed into Amsterdam. Instead of driving we took the train as we had been advised. The train was fast and efficient and we were in the centre of Amsterdam in 30 minutes. Daisy was very good on the train and got quite a lot of admiring looks although she was sure of getting on or off the train.

We went into the information centre by the station but it was scrum so we got a map from a machine and with our trusted guide book we tried to find our way to the important sites around the city. The city was heaving not only with tourists but with Netherlanders.

We found the Royal Palace on Dam Square which was a dull and not inspiring building compared to the palace in Den Haag. Next to it was New Church. People were queuing around the square to visit the church as it was the place for the inauguration of the new King. We did not join the queue.

We then wandered around the canals of the Grachtengordel but we were not that impressed. There were broken bottles, tin cans and rubbish everywhere which had not been cleaned up after Queens Day. The canals looked dirty and were not that pretty. Even the water flower market was disappointing.

We were not enjoying the crowds or finding the city very impressive. Our final stop was a walk through the famous Red Light District with the ladies in their cribs; some of them had seen better days! We made sure Daisy closed her eyes as we walked through!

The crowds were just awful, making it very difficult to walk. We decided to we had had enough of the noise and crowds. Amsterdam we felt was a very ungracious city and we both decided we would never want to visit it ever again.

Again the train back was very efficient and as we recovered from our city visit enjoyed the views of the bulb fields from the train.

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