“H” in #AtoZChallenge
Our next destination in this challenge is Holland, the land of Windmills.
The very mention of Holland should immediately remind us of 2 things.
We commonly use Holland and Netherlands interchangeably. But the fact is, Holland only refers to the top portion of Netherland which houses Amsterdam.
Are you not surprised to know that almost 25% of the Holland is below sea level? Thankfully, it is not an area prone to Tsunami.
The visit to Holland was memorable for 2 reasons.
- Of course the place itself
- Meeting my school buddy
When was the last time you met your old school time buddies? I did after almost 25 years!
Thanks to the technologies – Yes, I got most of my school/college time buddies back through Facebook, WhatsApp and what not! If any of school time buddy reads this, kindly send me a message! Let’s catch up.
One of my friends visited Holland on an official trip, and that was a golden chance for me to meet him too. And have a visit to Amsterdam too. Which had higher priority? Friend or Amsterdam? I leave it to you 🙂
What an excellent excuse to stay away from family, and that too in Holland- The land of windmills, tulips & canals.
Since he was on an official trip, meant he had only the weekend for disposals. After many discussions, as usual, plans were made. Yes, you are right – nothing was made until last minute!!!
Being in Milan was also a good point – you have good and cheap connectivity to Amsterdam.
Ryanair & Easyjet offers cheap flights, again if you plan it well.
I took the Easyjet flight, since Ryanair also meant, I need to take an additional train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam.
Welcome to Holland
Was bit lucky, since the day I landed in Amsterdam was the official Tulip day in there. So, had a good chance to have the first view of so many Tulips in one place.
By the time I reached the place where they organized this, it was early evening. So, most of the tulips were taken by the people. Anyway, did manage to collect some colorful flowers.
Amsterdam is a city with very good public transport. You can buy the OV Chip-based pass for one day or two. A two-day card, travel as you like, cost less than 15euro. This helps you to pick any metro, tram or bus in Amsterdam. Make sure you make it “beep” both while getting in and out of the public transport.
We stayed near the RAI, which is in the south. But the place was well connected and took only 20mins to reach the Central.
After feasting [for the eyes though] at the Centre, we started to roam around the city. That’s one good thing. If you had no plan, it’s easy to keep talking and strolling around the city. We talked and talked, and walked and walked.
Finally, found our savior “Shiva” in the name of the Indian restaurant. Don’t get misled with the name, they do serve well-cooked chicken biriyani 🙂
Don’t mistake me, but I have noticed that many people, especially Indians love to have Indian food anywhere they go. I don’t see most people from other countries doing such because they always try out local delights.
The first half of night went in strolling every street & Canals of Amsterdam. Just before midnight, we reached back to the hotel. And other half was spent with a nice sleep to charge ourselves for the Sunday plans.
Land of windmills
The first thing we did the next morning was to go to look at the windmills. And we succeeded too.
Everybody is crazy with Selfies. So, here is my own contribution to the selfie in a land of windmills.
There are too many blogs & reviews for the city on what to see, what not to. But, I did not find much mention of the Maritime museum they had. Most reviews talk about “other” numerous museum in the city. And I assume you know why I italicized the word – other. Right? I know, I know.
National Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum is easy to reach from Central. Just take the 22 or 48 bus, and in few stops, you are in there. The ship you see above is one of the ships of East India Company, which was wrecked in a storm in the English Channel. The shipwreck was restored and displayed in here. You can have a look at the ship with multiple levels.
I loved this museum for the collections they had. There was also a 10mins show with simulation program to give you a feel of navigating in the sea.
Do not miss this Museum. And there is a surprise at the end – discover yourself, and get surprised. I do not want to play spoilsport in here.
There were a good collection of old world maps, and the 68 original atlas used in the 17th century?
Also, there were many fine paintings. Ok, enough of boring you. Let the pics talk now.
And before I did a goodbye, here is the customary selfie of Amsterdam.
My theme for the April 2018 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the places I have been to. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here.Interested to know my next destination starting with letter I? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
Or wait, and I promise it would definitely be worth the wait!
Are you participating too? Comment your themes here. Good luck.