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26 to 29 August Amsterdam

Martin and Teresa arrived last night, was really great to catch up with them again. Saturday morning we woke up to rain but that did not deter us from doing the touristy thing and after breakfast we made our way to Zaanse Schans, a place where there a few working windmills. We went into 2 of these, amazing how ingenius the people were all those years ago. We had to duck in and out to avoid the rain and after that we made our way to a restaurant for lunch before heading to Goorn for the Slaman reunion. It was really good for Jan and Martin to see their Aunt and Uncles again and to meet up with some of their cousins. Had a BBQ, slightly different from what we are used to. Not wrong, just different.

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Sunday morning another rainy day but we went into Amsterdam and met up with Martin and Teresa and had croquettes for lunch and a few drinks. Caught the tram back to Yvonn's place and then met up with Cor and Lida and made our way to Haarlem to the Buisman family get together. Quite a few could not make it but we had a good afternoon with lots of laughter and catching up with those we knew and meeting new family members.

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More rain on Monday morning, getting annoying now. After breakfast we made our way into Amsterdam with M and t and went on a bus tour of the city to orientate ourselves. M and T then went on to some museums and finished off with a canal cruise and dinner. (we had done a cruise with our tour). We did some more strolling around and stopped for a beer every now and then. The rain stayed away for most of the afternoon. We made our way back on the tram in the evening and put our feet up for the rest of the evening. 290820111126.jpg

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24 to 26 August London to Amsterdam

Spent Wednesday monring in the market in St Albans doing a bit of shopping. Went back to Pauline and Stephen's and sorted out our bags for the next day. Had a great BBQ that evening with minted lamb chops from the Bok and Rose, the SA butcher in St Albans. Finished off the evening sitting around the firepit, chilling.

Thursday morning up early and on the train to London with Pauline. Said our sad goodbyes to Pauline and Stephen, really looked after us like royalty. Hope it won't be another 4 years before we see each other. Check in at St Pancras Station for the Eurostar which would take us through the chunnel to Calais and then to Brussels. Good trip on the train and had lunch in Brussels before boarding the high speed train to Amsterdam. Cees met us at Schipol station and took us over to Yvonn for dinner and then we went to Zandamm beach for an evening stroll and an ice cream to finish off the evening. Cees brought us back to his flat where we are spending our nights while here in Amsterdam.

Friday morning we had abit of a lie in and then went to Cees for breakfast which was great. From there we went into the morning market thebiggest market I have ever seen, lots of great stalls. Did a bit of shopping and stopped off for coffee. Martin and Teresa arrive tonight, looking forward to seeing them again.

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02 to 03 August 2011

London to Amsterdam

Packed our bags for our tour and then took the train with Pauline and Stephen into London. Checked our bags into the hotel where we would be staying for the night and then went for a tour through some London pubs with them. Very busy in London so decided to finish off with dinner at the pub near our hotel so that we could get an early night,ready for our start the next day.

03 August 2011: Woken up at 5am to have breakfast early and leave London on the coach at 06h00. Headed for Dover to take the ferry to Calais. From Calais travelled through France, Belgium and on to Amsterdam. Checked into the Ibis Schipol hotel then went in to the city. Had an hour to walk around the city and bought croquettes and a supply of droppies. Climbed on a boat for a Cruise of the canals then had dinner at the Sea Princess floating restaurant. After dinner we walked though Amsterdam and were given a very informative tour of the Red Light district. We were taken back to the hotel at 23h00 very tired from our first day.

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