First day of my trip brings me from Boston to Amsterdam on the red-eye for my luxury cruise vacation. Our tour parked in a hotel with an ample supply of coffee, baked goods and chairs. From that location near Central Station, we set out to explore the markets and canals of Amsterdam.
Of note is that there are an exorbitant amount of bicycles and bicycle parking solutions. We saw bikes neatly lined up in multi layered racks, leaning against each other like dominoes, and zooming down the bike paths. The canals of the Netherlands are integral to Amsterdam....they slice through the city and reign in the distinct districts like the red light, grey light and market areas. Add scooters, electric cars and pedestrians and zoom zoom zoom..Amsterdam feels like a lively town.
The Netherlands has just celebrated the Queens Birthday...with orange balloons, streamers and a full on party in the streets. It's celebrated on April 30th and I now am adding to my bucket list of must dos!
I hear from my friends that river cruises in Europe are the rage and now I know why. The ship is a perfect size. We can all join together at the same time to dine, prepare for the next day, and hear from the captain. It's time to reboot for tomorrow. We are off to see the small villages of The Netherlands and the famous windmills!
Here is a list of our top 10 destinations that have received raving reviews:
• Castles Along the Rhine & Danube
• Waterways of Holland & Belgium
• Imperial Russian Waterways
• Romance of the Blue Danube
• French Waterways
• Best of Africa
• Gateway to the Black Sea
• Switzerland & the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle
• Grand Norwegian Coastal Voyage
• Heart of Africa