Day 3, Sunday, June 18th, 2017, started like the day prior, with a lie in. We ventured out from the hotel at around 10 am, making our way to the old town via tram. We started our day with a Canal Cruise around the canals and harbour of Amsterdam. We learnt a whole load of interesting facts about Amsterdam and the history of its geography, buildings and residents. Facts like each and every house in Amsterdam has a furniture hook at the top of the building to make moving furniture easy as the star cases are too tight. We opted for the Rederij Kooij tour and had a great time, the guide is played from a CD throughout the boat and tells everything is 4 or 5 different languages, the ride was smooth and the seats were plenty comfy enough. I’d recommend a hat and something to cover your shoulders on a hot day and it does feel like a greenhouse in direct sunlight.
Once our tour was complete had a stroll towards a part of the city we hadn’t yet explored, past the De L’Europe Hotel, the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the Hermitage Museum. We got to the Magere Brug and had a sit-down and a drink, whilst this was happening a rather large boat approached the bridge, causing it to open which was enjoyable to watch. Once the boat passed we got back on the move, over the bridge towards the Rijksmuseum and I Amsterdam sign.
We walked part way then hopped on a tram to escape the heat for a short period of time. Once at the museum we realised it was a bad time of day to visit. For one, there were hoards of people everywhere! All trying to get their picture with the sign. Secondly, there was a market on which brought even more people to the area. We waited patiently for a gap to take pictures and did our thing. I actually had a run-in with a French lady who claimed I ruined her picture of her husband and trod on her map in the process. I knew about the picture but no idea about the map, who leaves a map on the floor and walks off anyway? Her fault if you ask me. I ignored her and carried on as I was.
After a wander round the market, we hopped on a tram back to Old Town (can you tell we liked the Old Town yet?) for something to eat. By this point, it was nearing 7 pm and we were getting rather hungry. A quick google search brought up a Jacket Potato place called Jacketz. The main item on the menu is Jacket Potatoes and you can will the with whatever you want. Emily had Pesto Chicken and I had Chilli, both were extremely filling and left us wanting a post-meal nap. Luckily we had no plans for the rest of the day so waddled back towards Dam Square. We ended our day sat in Dam Square once again, watching the world go by. We caught the tram at about 10:30 pm but not before taking some moody pictures of the surrounding buildings.
Once back at the hotel we both collapsed into bed and slept off our food coma.
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