Day 1.  Arriving in Amsterdam

We needed to be up at 03.15 a.m. for our early morning flight to Amsterdam from Leeds Bradford Airport.  Deciding to drive, we left our car at the Sentinel long stay car park, managing to find a discount code to reduce the price slightly. Our flight with the Dutch national carrier KLM on an Embraer …

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Day 2.  A Day of tulips and cheese 

Breakfast was not included in the room rate and at €15 per person we thought quite expensive, especially as it's actually taken in the building opposite.  Instead, we decided to nip out to the Spar supermarket a couple of minutes walk away and buy some croissants, ham, eggs and yoghurt ourselves as our studio had …

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Day 3.  Haarlem and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Our morning was going to start with a short train journey to Haarlem but noticing the train terminated less than ten minutes later at the seaside town of Zandvoort, we thought we'd head there first before returning down the line to visit Haarlem. Unusually for us, we hadn't researched Zandvoort, otherwise I doubt we would …

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Day 4.  Marken and Volendam 

Our plan for the morning was to take the train into Amsterdam Central and then travel from there by bus to the village of Marken.  Buses run half hourly (No.315) and depart from behind the railway station, this journey being included in the regional travel ticket.  It was a pleasant ride out to Marken, the …

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Day 5.  Our final day in Amsterdam

A slower start to our final day in Amsterdam staying around the hotel until our 11.00 a.m. checkout time.  Hotel 2 Stay had been a good choice, spacious studio rooms coupled with maid service and only a 6 minute train journey from Amsterdam Central with trains departing every few minutes.  Sloterdijk is described as an up …

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