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Visiting the Netherlands 2012

Visiting the Netherlands 2012

Although we had a few moments of concern when we learned that Copenhagen’s Metro ticket vending machines only took coins and not plastic, our flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam was uneventful. Danish and Swedish portion of our vacation travels can be viewed at our Copenhagen, Denmark entry.

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Amsterdam – Heineken Factory

Amsterdam – Heineken Factory

Due to my “chemical engineering” mind, I decided to check out the Heineken factory with fellow Contiki travellers… yeah I’m full of fun reasons. The museum is quite a complex set-up where history and equipment abound.

Look at me! I’m a beer Label… and clearly not a standing upright one either…

Interesting factoid – Heineken bottles sold in Netherlands and some other countries are sold in the original brown bottles. However, when marketing to the US and some other more “western” countries the bottle colour they used was green because in those markets brown was associated with well… you know.

Above is a picture of the Contiki Crew, whereas below is my chemical engineering instincts took hold!

Although admission to the museum was a bit expensive, it was worth the price of admission (if you like beer 🙂 ).

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam was our first city on the Contiki – European Inspiration Tour. The city with the Red Light District and Painted Elephant Statues…

Canals everywhere, feels a lot like home (Ottawa’s Rideau Canal).

There were a lot of bikes as well, the city is almost littered with them (in a good way).

Amsterdam also boasts the Van Gogh Museum, my primary reason for visiting this city. It’s a great museum except that no cameras are allowed inside so this a short blog entry.