Saturday, 7 February 2015

The Netherlands: Ever Surprising

The Netherlands: Ever Surprising 

Overview:  Amsterdam is known for its open culture and beautiful countryside. We landed at Schiphol airport and took a public transport to our hotel in Monnickendam which is around 15 kms north of Amsterdam city centre.
We started early next day by exploring the lovely countryside. The weather was playing a bit funny though with sun, clouds and rains making their appearance one after the other. We took our chance with biking along the countryside covering Volendam. We also visited a traditional cheese making unit. The workers traditionally wear the wooden shoes or Clogs called "Klompen".
Our biking continued as we passed through narrow country roads, canals and old windmills. A relaxing session concluded as we biked all the way back to our hotel.
Clogs @ Monnickendam Clogs @ MonnickendamMonnickendam Dutch CanalsDutch CountrysideDutch Countryside Biking in the Netherlands Volendam Volendam Volendam museum Old Windmill
Our next programme was to visit the city of Amsterdam. Known for its "Coffee shops" and Sex shops, we made a way into the Red Light district and had an amazing unique experience. Though its legal to buy and smoke Marijuana in Amsterdam but its illegal once one leaves the Netherlands. So have to make sure one buys and smokes it within the country.
Apart from these attractions, Amsterdam is also known for its canal system with many operators offering canal cruise through the tourist attractions in the city. The major attractions in the city are Van Gogh's museum, Rijksmuseum, Madame Tussauds and several other architectural structures.
 Amserdam Centraal Amsterdam Amsterdam AmsterdamAmsterdam  Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam museum Amsterdam
References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam
How to reach: The Netherlands is a part of Schengen countries so can be easily reached from any other European country.
Food/Accommodation: Amsterdam is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Several places of accommodation are available in Amsterdam and budget options are also available just outside the city limits.