Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, a city big and beautiful, and I had planned just one day for this. Pity! How do we tour this city in just one day! The main purpose to visit the city was to show my daughters (15 and 11yrs) Anne Frank’s house. That done, we had the remaining half day to ourselves. Totally lost on how to tour this city, we decided to go on a canal cruise. And I am glad we took that decision quickly. The final moments of the day were a few hours away and we were not keen to do night driving all the way to Antwerp.

This tradition of canal cruise in Amsterdam started in 1621, when Queen Elizabeth Stuart of Bohemia visited the city. She was taken on a pleasure trip along the canals, welcomed in a parade of festively decorated sailing boats. Thousands of residents cheered her along bridges and canal sides. VIPS like Winston Churchill, the Beatles and Nelson Mandela; all have admired this city from the deck of a canal cruise boat. This is a irresistible tourist attraction of this country.

Of the various options provided by cruise operators we chose an hour long cruise of canals. The boat was a good one with glass roof; we got the window seats too. The skies weren’t too friendly but that did not dampen our excitement and what a grand tour we had that day! More pictures will be posted soon.

People Photography - from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Door of The Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp

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