Canals, diamonds and red lights – an Amsterdam getaway COMPLETED
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Wonderful shots of the skaters at night. It sounds like they've got the winter we usually ...
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Wonderful shots of the skaters at night. It sounds like they've got the winter we usually have this year. We've got no ice and snow at all, and I'm not complaining! Just reading your description of the cold wind whipping around while you wait for the tram... brrrrr. That caprese looks perfect!
I think you guys - and us to a certain extent with a couple of exceptions - have had a very mild winter... I hope I don't jinx things by saying that!
Saturday 11 February – part one: do I have to take a photo of you?
Well, we must’ve been tired, because after going to bed at around 10:00 pm last night, we slept in until nearly 8:00 am. I guess that’s a combination of tiredness from everything we’ve done over the last couple of days and the cold we’ve experienced.
The room was absolutely baking, which Mark told me about a number of times. In fairness, he had said last night that he thought it was too hot, but I thought it was fine and, bearing in mind how cold I was, I wanted as much heat as possible. Well, now it did feel like an oven. I turned the heating down, but it was so bad that I even had to open the door to the balcony (don’t get excited, it really wasn’t much – we’re talking a few inches here! ) to get some of that lovely cold, fresh air in.
We had breakfast in the room, which consisted of the muffins we’d bought from a couple of days ago and they were still excellent. I didn’t want a tea this morning, as I knew it would just make me even hotter, so we passed, but maybe that would be a bad thing...
We took the luggage down to reception and checked off and headed off towards the Diamond Museum, walking across the square in front of all the museums on the way. It didn’t feel that cold to us when we started out, something we both commented on.
In front of the Rijksmuseum was the I Amsterdam sign, which we wanted to get some photos of. However, there were a pair of very irritating girls, who spent forever getting photos of themselves around the sign. Every time we thought they’d finished, they’d carry on. Even worse, just as we set up the tripod and they moved out of shot, they came back in, just as the photo was taken. I couldn’t believe how rude they were.
The best was yet to come. One bounded up to me, totally oblivious I think. “Could you take a photo of us?” She started carrying on about their names, how one began with an I and the other with an M, so they’d be in those letters and could I focus on them. is the simple answer, when you have one of the worst cameras I’ve ever come across. I couldn’t get it to zoom in and to be honest, I couldn’t have cared less about getting a decent photo of them. I was shooting into the sun and it was probably the worst photo I’ve ever taken – I hope they enjoyed it.
When they finally moved it, there were about four couples, all waiting to get their photos by the sign, and finally we managed to get one.
And I just noticed... they’re still in these shots!
Then it was over to the Diamond Museum. To get to it, you go through Coster Diamonds, who are one of just four diamond manufacturers in Amsterdam now. A lot of their place is closed for restoration (sound familiar? ) but there was one room where a guy was polishing diamonds and it was fascinating to see. We would learn more about that process in a minute.
What annoying girls in the picture. That reminds me of a story a friend told me a while ago...he used to work at the DL submarine ride, and he and the other CM's got really annoyed by all the people who would stop the line as they were trying to board and ask a CM to take a picture of the family in front of the submarine. If you've ever been on that ride, you know how slowly the line moves, and how slowly the boarding tends to be since everyone needs to walk carefully down the steps into the submarine.
Anyhow, he said that after a while, he and the CMs came up with a new plan...when people would hold up the line and ask him to take a picture, he'd take one and focus it way behind the family...but then he'd quickly take a second one for them that was ok.
I can understand people being excited when they're on vacation and see something interesting, but that's no excuse to let your brain go to sleep!
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