Europe Escape 2018 travel blog

Leaving Paris

Farmlands in France

St Nicholas’ Church (Sint Niklaaskirk)

On our Boat Tour - some of the friendly people

Phil and the boat trip

Gravensteen - Also known as “Castle of the Counts” in Dutch

A tunnel on teh river in Ghent

The tunnel from teh other way

Arriving in Amsterdam!

This morning everyone was up early as we had to have ourbags out at 6:45 am, after breakfast we checked that our luggage was out and then set off at 8:00 am on the coach to Amsterdam. We surprised everyone by wearing our Red European Escape 2018 t-shirts. We were definately noticed, everyone thought they were a great idea.

We went out in the country side heading North with a French tour guide - who had the loveliest of accents but giggled a lot, we stopped around 10:00 am for a comfort stop and morning tea and then it was onto Belgium for lunch.

Lunch was a river cruise on a small boat throught the historic village of Ghent, and the first of very many castles we would see on this trip. Lunch was sandwiches (actually small bread rolls) with a variety of delicious fillings as well as beer, champagne and water. After a very boisterous lunch and tour it was back onto the coach and heading towards Amsterdam.

There was another stop just inside the Netherlands and then it was onto Amsterdam to board the first boat the AmaVentia to settle down for the next week. We were welcomed with tea, coffee and snacks followed by going to our rooms to settle in and await our luggage.

We attended the safety briefing always required when on a boat and then it was time for dinner. There were 8 of us taking our time after the briefing and we were hustled off to dinner by the crew, when we got downstairs we asked for a table for 8 and so started the naughty corner! We were ushered into a small dining area separate from the rest of the diners - did they know something? Anyway the meal was delicious with lots of wine or beer or whatever you felt like drinking - there were 4 courses. After dinner a number of us headed into Amsterdam to see the Red Light District.

Did I mention that today was the day of the Gay Pride March in Amsterdam - we saw lots of men dressed in bright pink wigs and silver dresses either cycling or wallking along the docks!! Anyway Tracey and I mangaged to get everyone to the Red Light District where there was a lot of partying and very happy people, it was a great atmosphere along with a lot of people!! Walking back to the ship we passed some young men in a small inflatable pool - bressed in fluropink mankinis, legs spread - and I will let your imagination run riot..... Suffice to say a lot of us have images imprinted on our brains that will never never go away!!

After our walk we settled down for a night cap listening to some music and finally headed off to bed ready for the next days adventure!

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