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Brussels to Amsterdam

We took the train from Brussels to Amsterdam, checked into the hostel, on the lovely Vondelpark and headed off to see the city. We had a late lunch at a nice Thai place in a side street.

We wandered down into the flower market where you could buy any conceivable tulip, there real ones, fake ones, bulbs on their own, in a mixed bag or make your own – sorry mums don’t think they would make it through quarantine.

We then wandered to the Dam (a square) where the Royal Palace is located, original a town hall now used for official occasions by her Majesty the Queen, De Nieuw Kerk where art exhibitions and organ concerts are held, and also where Dutch monarchs are officially inaugurated. From the Dam to Nieuwmarkt a cobblestone square with open-air markets and pubs brimming with people. From here we wandered a little, maybe a little too much as we wandered into the not so classy Red Light District, where window shopping takes on a whole new meaning !

We headed back to the city centre past an array of your not so normal ‘coffee’ shops to the hostel to do some washing.

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