29 Aug - Amsterdam, Day 1

October 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

29-Aug – We leave the Viking Skirnir for the last time about 7:30 am and shortly thereafter everyone that has extended the trip by 2-days is transported to one of two hotels. We were taken to the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel (reportedly owned by Viking) where we checked into a beautiful room and subsequently had an incuded buffet breakfast. We then had a morning walking tour in part of Amsterdam by a local Viking employee. After the tour we were left on our own to explore the sights. We attempted to get tickets to the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, however, there were no tickets available for our two days in Amsterdam. We did get into the Rijksmuseum which is the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch arts and history. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. After spending several hours in the museum, we walked back to the hotel to get instructions on how to use the transit system. We had purchased a 2-day trolly pass but it was not totally clear how to negotiate the city. You couldn’t talk to the trolly operator and most of the people we approached denied speaking English. The stops were all identified in Dutch and it was next to impossible to do anything without getting specific stop names and transfer information from the Viking representative in the hotel. We could not even pick out landmarks to identify our starting point as everything looked very similar and the trolley moves pretty fast. Viking provided maps but they did not help! Once we got some information we headed out and boarded the trolly got off at the Central Station. We walked around the area and found a small Italian restaurant where we had dinner. Taking the trolley to Central Station gave us a little more confidence to use it. We rode the trolly (#24) back to ‘Lutmastratt,’ got off and walked to the hotel about two blocks away. 

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