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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Well here we are in Amsterdam. We arrived safely at 6.30am, but unfortunately our luggage decided to have an extended stay in Kulala Lumpur without telling us! Needless to say we weren't impressed, but Jane hugged the luggage once we were reunited with it the next day!

Amsterdam is very pretty - much smaller and quieter than we expected. It's very easy to walk around because it's nice and flat and because it has trams! The weather has been very mild - probably what you are all getting in Melbourne at the moment, but a little bit cooler and rainier than we thought it would be! Very trendy and funky place with lots of nice shops etc.

The canals really are beautiful, as are the floating flower markets. We have never seen so many bulbs in our life!

We love the fact that Amsterdamians love their cheese!

Kristian has found a very interesting herb that he says is fantastic - not sure what it is but he seems happy with it!

One thing we were not so fond of were the bikes....it creeped us out that there seemed to be more bikes than people

HIGHLIGHTS: The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, English is very widely spoken (!), our lovely little hotel near Vondel Park, chips with mayo, the fact that in the red light district a man said to Kristian "How did an ugly guy like you end up with a beautiful woman like that?!"

LOWLIGHTS: Lost luggage, the famous "Dutch" pancakes are much better at the markets of Melbourne! Jane didn't buy the travel size hair straightener she saw at Melbourne airport and is now suffering in the humidity!

INTERESTING FACTS: There are a lot of Indonesian and Argentinian restaurants here. There are also heaps of "croissantieres"- not a good dieting country! Police in Amsterdam ride bikes (of course) kind of removes any intimidation! Amsterdamians also love their runners!! Kristian was transfixed!! Also, Janes's love of vermouth is finally recognised§ On ice it,s a popular drink in Europe and cheapish!

USELESS INFORMATION: Jane got her nail fixed! Jane possibly enjoyed the red light district more than Kristian! She was transfixed!
Next....off to Paris!

permalink written by  JaneandKristian on September 10, 2007 from Amsterdam, Netherlands
from the travel blog: Jane and Kristian's honeymoon
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A great start. Loving the blog - keep up the good work. You'll have sore legs by the ened of the trip as you'll have never walked so much in your life! See you at Gatwick next month...

permalink written by  Mike Levin on September 10, 2007

Fantasic Photo', Looks like you are both having a ball. Love Love the photos' I can't wait for Paris -

permalink written by  Mandy Johnstone on September 10, 2007

So good to get you both pictorially! Sooooooooooo glad that the luggage turned up. Love you & miss you,

permalink written by  Sally Holt on September 10, 2007

Did your luggage enjoy KL? I hear it's a bit humid this time of year...

It sounds like you are having a ball, and it's just the first stop!!!

P.S. Jane, love your haircut :)

permalink written by  NatKrug on September 10, 2007

Groetje! ( greetings in dutch)
Looks fantastic- very jealous.
Enjoy Paris.
love Madi x

permalink written by  Madeleine Refeld on September 10, 2007

P.S. I miss "chips and mayo"

permalink written by  NatKrug on September 10, 2007

I just found your blog today, but I am loving all of your pictures and your travel tales to date :) This is probably a really off-the-wall question, but in the event that your luggage does decide to take a detour of some kind, do you have any specific instructions inside or something like Global Bag Tags? www.globalbagtag.com if you're interested in checking them out. And OMG what do you mean miscellaneous info getting Jane's nail fixed?! That's major news to some of us girls! :p


permalink written by  Mandy Richards on September 13, 2007

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh that pique-nique in the Bois de Boulogne looked tres delicieux!!!!! Here comes Dijon. Don't forget to visit Grey Poupon - most divine (mustard) shop in Dijon!!!!!!

permalink written by  Sally Holt on September 15, 2007

Sounds and looks unbelievable!! So glad for the two of you!! Have fun with your new Hubby and your new Wife!! Love Georgie

permalink written by  Georgie on September 26, 2007

You guys are well into it now! Let me know if you're still coming on the Sunday night. I can't wait to see wjhat u think of Italy. Italy rocks!!! Hope u sorted out Cinqueterra....

permalink written by  Mike Levin on October 1, 2007

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