With a wild night at the dam square on day 1 ( which has not been mentioned there since it happened after the post was published ) , we kick started our day 2 on Amsterdam with the typical city tour very sleepy.
The guide showed us around the various buildings and places of interest which included Anne Frank’s apartments, the ‘titanic’ of Amsterdam which is called so because the building is built like a sinking ship, the gateway through which Napoleon entered Amsterdam for the first time and many more.
The afternoon was the best part of the trip – Keukenhoff, the tulip gardens. Though the fields were not in full bloom, the gardens and greenhouse were brimming with beautiful tulips in all colours imaginable.
We often thought the wooden tulips available in the souvenir shops were cheap to look at, but when you look at the real ones you really need to go touch them to see if they are real !!
This is a MUST do for all those visiting, even if it is for the fun stuff there.
All the cities in Netherlands have their own flag and anthem. Amsterdam’s flag has 3 crosses representing the dangers the city had. Since the city was built on a swamp they put wooden panels for construction, and thus the first hazard was a fire. The second was the proximity to the sea and thus floods and the third cross represented danger of the plague.
After spending the entire afternoon in the gardens and taking a thousand photographs ( to say the least) we headed out to the red light area.
The area is caller Red light, because apparently in red light the pimples and wrinkles are not visible. ( take note when taking pictures or doing it
We headed back to the hotel and had dinner on the way at a place called New York Pizza.
Lessons learnt – Amsterdam is windy so no matter how many layers you wear you will feel cold. Try to take gloves along if you’re going in march.
The tulips fields are not in full bloom in march. Please go in April end to see the best .
There are always unexpected rains so try
wearing a windcheater.