June 11, Old Town

Unable to use our credit card in the vending machines, we had to scrounge enough change to get a tram back to Central Station where we found a vendor and purchased 14 single passes with our credit card. The vendor tried to convince us that we should get day passes but we had calculated that only using transit twice a day, it was cheaper to go single tickets. She grudgingly sold us the tickets, thinking us very strange. It will be interesting to see if she was right. That settled, we set off to explore the streets and canals of “old Amsterdam”, lunched on panini sandwiches and Guinness at an Italian Restaurant, wandered up to the Dam Square (the historical town centre), past the Royal Palace, around the Red Light district (full of sex shops but too early for the girls and red lights), purchased some souvenirs and after taking a photo of Sheila in a bath tub sized wooden shoe, we caught the tram back. A fire along the tram route blocked the line so we exited and took advantage of our unscheduled stop to explore the Albert Cuyp Market. We were pretty tired and spent only a short time walking back and crashing in the apartment. After a two-hour nap and dinner, feeling fresh and rejuvenated, we took the metro back into old town to explore the streets and canals after dark. They came alive, lights on the bridges, streets, and storefronts reflecting on the dark waters of the canals, evening cruises ghosting beneath the low bridges, and couples dining al fresco.
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© David E. Moon, 2019 All rights reserved

June 11, Old Town

Unable to use our credit card in the vending machines, we had to scrounge enough change to get a tram back to Central Station where we found a vendor and purchased 14 single passes with our credit card. The vendor tried to convince us that we should get day passes but we had calculated that only using transit twice a day, it was cheaper to go single tickets. She grudgingly sold us the tickets, thinking us very strange. It will be interesting to see if she was right. That settled, we set off to explore the streets and canals of “old Amsterdam”, lunched on panini sandwiches and Guinness at an Italian Restaurant, wandered up to the Dam Square (the historical town centre), past the Royal Palace, around the Red Light district (full of sex shops but too early for the girls and red lights), purchased some souvenirs and after taking a photo of Sheila in a bath tub sized wooden shoe, we caught the tram back. A fire along the tram route blocked the line so we exited and took advantage of our unscheduled stop to explore the Albert Cuyp Market. We were pretty tired and spent only a short time walking back and crashing in the apartment. After a two-hour nap and dinner, feeling fresh and rejuvenated, we took the metro back into old town to explore the streets and canals after dark. They came alive, lights on the bridges, streets, and storefronts reflecting on the dark waters of the canals, evening cruises ghosting beneath the low bridges, and couples dining al fresco.
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© David E. Moon, 2014 All rights reserved