6 Aug 2018


Finally the day of our departure arrived ! Mr. G drove us to the Waterloo station from where we took the train to Brussels North. As it was a Sunday the shops around the Bus station were closed ! Stupid idea ! We wanted to buy a little lunch to eat  in the bus as we were supposed to leave at 11 am. Finally we found a Starbucks in the Station where we had a coffee and a croissant and could buy a Sandwich and a drink for our trip.

The Bus arrived with nearly an hour late, but caught up as there was nearly no traffic on the roads. In the morning while we were waiting for the Bus it was quite cool but then during the day it became hot again. We arrived punctually in Amsterdam.

I had booked a taxi to take us from the Duivendrecht station to our hotel, which arrived 15 min later after I had called them.We had to go to the Hilton Hampsted in  Hoofddorp an outskirt of Amsterdam

The hotel is very nice, but had no restaurant. So we went to Hoofddorp center and found several once side by side, unfortunately I forgot to take pictures, which is sad because every restaurant had plenty of flowers around.

As we arrived in the city center, which is also very modern I saw from far this strange sculpture

I still do not know what it represents a ! Robocop perhaps ?

There was a beautiful park around with a little canal and a lot of ducks.

After supper we returned to the hotel and rested on our beds, we wanted to be fresh for today when the group arrives. We especially had decided to arrive one day earlier not to hurry to join the group.

This morning we had breakfast sitting at the window

with this beautyful view

And as we have time until 2 pm when the rest of the group arrives, I took the opportunity to start my little travel diary.


Maribeth said...

Good idea to arrive early. I do not like to rush either. What an adventure you are going on! Looking forward to more reports!

Tamago said...

It's so exciting your trip finally started!
That is one strange sculpture. The park is beautiful. Must be nice to stroll around there :-)

mamasmercantile said...

Exciting times. I am looking forward to coming along with you.

Loree said...

Enjoy your travels.

William Kendall said...

The sculpture reminds me of an inukshuk.

Linens and Royals said...

Happy travelling, I look forward to sharing your adventures.

Fun60 said...

I always arrive at least a day before a tour starts. I'm excited for you visiting all those countries.

Mara said...

It's called the 'Little Man of Hoofddorp'. Some people hate him, others love him. I think he is really cute!!

Have a good trip.

Wendy said...

What a sensible way of starting your trip. Especially with buses running late and having to run around for food. At least you weren't stressed about missing the group departure. Have fun.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Being early is a good thing -- I hate rushing around.