SUNDAY 10 JULY 2011
We had a bit of a busy day today. It was an early start to get to the train station in time to catch a high speed train to Amsterdam. We allowed plenty of time, only to find that our half our cab ride only took 5 minutes on a Sunday morning and that catching a train to another country is easier than catching a suburban train. You just rock up, walk straight onto the platform and show your ticket at the door. It is that simple. It doesn’t seem right.
The train took us through Belguim, to The Netherlands and Amsterdam, where we caught another cab to the port to check in for our next adventure, a one week Rhine River Cruise. How exciting! This is the finale of our trip and something we have both really been looking forward to. It is to be a relaxing wind down week before getting home.
We had plenty of time to spare before sailing, so we took advantage of the optional tour to the Dutch folk village “Zaanse Schans”.
Here we visited a working windmill that grinds pigments for artists’ paints, a wooden shoe maker’s and a cheese maker’s.
It was really picturesque.
The weather was glorious, so there were lots of people out and about. We were really taken with the gorgeous boats, both at the village and in the harbour at Amsterdam.
After our tour, we boarded the “Avalon Felicity”, which is to be our home for the next week. It is only twelve months old and somewhat luxurious.
I think we might spend a fair bit of time up here.
Once we boarded we were introduced to the crew and then there was our first experience of the food. Dinner consisted of six, yes six, courses. Surprisingly, we were able to eat it all and didn’t feel overly full. They were just little tastes. A great way to dine. I could get used to this.
Generally, everyone is finding their way around, getting used to the routine and meeting the other passengers.
Tonight we stay berthed in Amsterdam and start the cruise tomorrow.