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Old 1st September 2014, 01:34   #16
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From the tram I got down at Leidsestraat stop, the place where I purchased the HP tourist card. Its quite a busy market place, with lots of restaurants & pubs, all kinds of food. From this area my hotel was hardly 10 min walk.

It started to drizzle; now I was feeling bit hungry and entered New York Pizza. On the display was California Veggie @ Euro 3.35. I inquired and got confirmed that its 100% veg. Put some garnishing and it was really tasty, quite a filling.

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In a lane full of cafes, I noticed this one name, and then went closer....

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Rancho @ 3 Idiots !
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A small car:
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Timer based try on my Canon:
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By the time I reached my hotel, it was 9.30PM. It was a long, but enjoyable day.
I did plan that after a while's rest at room, again come out to see the city at night - but then was too tired and also some drizzle continued.

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Old 1st September 2014, 21:08   #17
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Fri 22-Aug'14:

Just like y'day, today I had to cover a lot of sight seeing. Think of achieving sales target - I had the HP tickets to be utilized ! After having my breakfast, got ready with my bag-pack with some snacks & camera charged the previous night, off from hotel at ~10AM. I had extended my stay in this city for one night, and selected a 10PM flight on 22nd for return- so that I have more time to spend :-)

In my HP card kit, I had 2 Golden & 3 Silver tickets, 1 24h public transport ticket, a discount card and a booklet with descriptions. Only the 1st Golden ticket (marked specifically) was valid at the Rijksmuseum museum, but that I already visited, courtesy the complimentary ticket by our organizers.

Across the road was the Blue Boat canal cruise's starting point, which will accept a HP Silver ticket. The guided cruise takes you around the city for a ride of ~90 minutes. The rain showers were intermittent, enjoyable. Many times when I came out on the 'deck', taking pictures in rains were bit difficult - cleaning lens every now n then.

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Headphones were provided, commentary in various languages (select 3 for English):
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This is a cycle stand ! :

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Cruise around the Eye:
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Old 1st September 2014, 23:02   #18
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The cruise continues :
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Nemo : Earlier I thought of visiting this place, but couldnt make it

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The flea (street) market, which exists since the ancient times (ref the large pics places):

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The houses here structured such a way that they appear tilted, it's to combat the rains!

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Amstel Hotel: (now operated by InterContinental group) :

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It was really a wonderful experience in this cruise, got to see the city from within the city (canals) with a different perspective. 90 min of pure bliss.

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Old 2nd September 2014, 00:29   #19
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After having some snacks, I boarded a tram for Dam Square. The previous day I had been there and it wasnt difficult to locate Madame Tussauds museum. Its just opposite to the de Bijenkorf , where also is a beautiful garden (a miss for me!).

The was a bit of queue to enter the museum, and light showers started. I entered with the 1st Gold Ticket of HP pass. Inside its quite beautiful and the statues are lovely. People of all age pose with the celebs for a pic.

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Got myself framed with Charlie Chaplin (this was quite unique n funny, memorable)

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View from one of the windows:
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I spent about an hour plus in this place and then came out at the square.

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from the HP pass, I had utilized 2 gold and 1 silver, with 2 silver still utilized!
I returned hotel by around ~5.45PM, and my car drop to airport was scheduled for 7.15PM. In the reception lounge, rested a while and repacked my luggage. The car (infact a Merc van) was punctual and I started for airport....bidding adieu to this lovely country.

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My flight from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi was at 10.30PM, on time.
Walked across the Schiphol airport :

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At the Abu Dhabi airport morning, I had a layover for 3 hours which eventually turned to 4+ hours :
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Finally reached Aamchi Mumbai at 5.00 PM, the baggage came out bit late (happens when you are in a hurry!). Reached home at 8.00PM, and was very happy to be with family, telling them briefly about my trip.

hope you all enjoyed this little travelogue (or photologue!)

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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to Travelogues. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice Pics Pranav, refreshed some memories. You didnt put any pics of Heineken Museum or you missed it .
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A nice pictorial travelogue! The architecture of the place is truly British, resembling several heritage structures of Mumbai. Wish Mumbai was as clean as Amsterdam though.
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Nice Pics Pranav, refreshed some memories. You didnt put any pics of Heineken Museum or you missed it .
I had put lots of pics of Heineken Experience, but it was removed by Mods while transferring to TL section, reason : ref of alcohol.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...e-posting.html Pt.11

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I had put lots of pics of Heineken Experience, but it was removed by Mods while transferring to TL section, reason : ref of alcohol.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...e-posting.html Pt.11

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Team BHP is just not another forum. I guess lot of kids must be participating and reading TB forums. But as you will appreciate, its just another museum.

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