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Amsterdam to Heidelberg

Germany

Left Amsterdam early for Germany and headed for Cologne. We stopped at the Cologne cathedral which was a very impressive sight. It was huge, fantastic carved stone walls and stained glass windows, and overall the size of it is breathtaking.

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From there we headed for the Rhine river for a river cruise, we struck a slight problem when our tour guide was informed that the river was closed due to a boat that was stuck so we had to go further down the river for our cruise. Unfortunately further down the river was a 2 hour drive for us. When we got to where the boat picked us up we had a short time to look through the local village, it was very traditional and the area was surrounded by old castles.

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Jumped on the boat and when down the river for about 1 ½ hours looking at the towns and castles on each side of the river.

After that we drove to Heidelberg, ha ha not the one in Melbourne! It was a very nice town again very traditional old German town , took some photos then headed to the town we are staying, Karlsruhe.
Since Holland we have found you have to pay about 50 cents to have a pee, Carol is using all the coins we have!

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Amsterdam

A day in Holland

Early start today, had breakfast and left Brussels for Holland.

As soon as we arrived in Amsterdam we jumped on a boat cruise that took us through the canals, fantastic scenery and old buildings. We ended at a diamond cutting factory when we were supposed to tour. There was a big crowd in front of us, apparently a cruise ship had landed and they wanted to go to the same places!

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Caz and I asked to leave the tour and wander through the streets of Amsterdam instead, we found a couple of markets and some great little lanes and canal crossings.

We caught up with the tour again, then headed to one of the few still working windmills, we were able to climb to the very top (inside) and look at all the large wooden gears. They aren’t too strict on safety here, the ladders were very steep and open windows at the top. It was worth the climb though, great views.

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We then went to a cheese factory, then to the town of Volendam which was a very pretty sea side town with traditional houses.

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Back to Amsterdam and had dinner at the Hotel. After dinner we caught the tram to the town centre for a few more photos, headed back at about 10:30pm and it’s still light!

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Brussels

Up early and after breakfast we met our tour group. We caught a bus to the Eurostar station, St Pancras, and set off on the Eurostar. It only took 2 hours to Brussels, apparently we travelled at 300km/h but you would never know as the train was so quiet.

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From Brussels station we drove to the Palace for a look, then to the hotel. From there as we are near the centre of town we walked to the main square via arcades, lane and streets. There is some type of opera performance happening as the main square was blocked off with stage and seating, couldn't get a good photo of all the buildings

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Went to the “famous” statue of a little boy weeing, then looked at some of the local shops. There are heaps of chocolate shops, nougat and confectionary and lace stores. One shop had chocolate dipped strawberries that were so nice we started with one each then each brought a paper cone that had about 5 inside. Huge strawberries with melt in your mouth chocolate. There are so many different chocolate shops, Jess and Bec would be in heaven here.

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Eventually got back to the hotel where we had a dinner organised with the tour group. Very flash dinner and service with complimentary drinks.

We have an early start tomorrow, 6am wake up and off to Amsterdam.

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London

Last day in London for now

Today started out with showers, but still mild and warm. We first headed to St Pauls Cathedral which was quite impressive, the size and magnificent roof paintings were worth seeing. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let you take photos inside. We climbed to the top (530 steps) through very narrow stairwells and had great views of London through the rain!

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From there we went to Kensington Palace and looked through the older wings, a bit disappointed that Liz didn’t call in for a visit. We then went to Oxford Street which was packed with people shopping, then the Churchill War rooms. We are getting used to catching the tube or bus everywhere, very efficient we haven’t had to wait more than 2 minutes for a train to arrive.

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Here are a couple of photos of our Hotel in London, it was very nice and almost on top of Victoria station which made getting anywhere easy

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Heading off on our European Tour tomorrow, first stop Belgium.

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London

We started the day after our usual big breakfast and caught the tube to Shakespeare’s Globe. We had a terrific guide who explained the history of the globe and of Shakespeare’s plays at the time. From there we called past the Twinning's shop for a cuppa and found the Templer Church from the Da Vinci code was quite close, we followed a few people for a look. Left there and went to Florence Nightingale museum, then to Harrods.

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From there we headed to the gardens of Kensington Palace, missed the Palace admission time so we’ll see it tomorrow. After that we caught various trains and buses to Abbey Road. The crossing was packed with American tourist and it was pretty hard even to cross alone, but we managed a few photos.

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Left there and went to Piccadilly Circus, Green Park then Victoria Station. Gourmet Pizza for dinner!

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