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Raison d'Etre for the trip

The Previous History of the Grandchild Trips

When my dad died in October 1973, my mother, who was 64 years old, started taking trips with her middle school age grandchildren. My oldest daughter Deb, she took to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti in October 1974. (She had to get over her antipathy to flying to go on this trip. Anything else would take too long.)
Mom taking a photo of Deb in the floppy hat with Australian youth members

Mom taking a photo of Deb in the floppy hat with Australian youth members

The next year (1975), we all (my sister and her children [Durshy, George and Susy] and my children [Deb, Barb, Beth and Rob] and I) went to Williamsburg at Thanksgiving.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg


But it made my mother so sad to be home in October when my dad died that she said she would never be home in October again. The following year (1975) she took my second daughter Barb to Europe. She flew over and came back on the QEII.
Mother and Barb

Mother and Barb

My brother-in-law would not let his children be out of school in October (even though it was just middle school - all my children's teachers said they could go). So my mother sent my sister and her oldest child Elizabeth to Germany in the summer of 1976. And she paid for my nephew George to go to Germany with his band on a subsequent summer. She took my third daughter Beth to China and Japan in 1979 ,
Mother and Beth

Mother and Beth


and then my youngest niece Susy went with her to Italy in September 1985 and my son Rob went with her to Kenya in October of the same year. She even took a bus trip around the Iberian peninsula with me in 1992 when she was 83.
00320004.JPGMother and me in Spain

Mother and me in Spain


She had taken her oldest great grandson Mike to Philadelphia in the summer of 1992 when he was 12, but the heat was too much for her. In between times she traveled with friends.

So when she died, I decided to take the money she left me and take my grandchildren on trips. I had 10 grandchildren at that point but two of them (Mike and MB) were respectively 29 and 27 years old. I concentrated on the ones that were still in middle school.

C and me

C and me


I took C to Ireland in 2007,

D and me at the Barcelona aquarium

D and me at the Barcelona aquarium

I took D to the Mediterranean in 2008.

The next grandchild by age had lived in England with his parents and traveled all over Europe for 3 years, so a trip wouldn't have been such a big deal for him. He wanted to go to Japan which I wasn't really anxious to do, so he went with to Japan with his class.

Bree and me in Tallinn

Bree and me in Tallinn


The next one I took was Bree and we did the Baltic on a cruise in 2009

Luau

Luau


I took Justin to Hawaii in 2010. Bob and I went to Alaska in 2011

M and me

M and me


Then it was M's turn and we went to Australia.

A and me

A and me


A did a two week cruise in the Caribbean in 2013.

J and me

J and me


And then I had to wait until 2018 for J the youngest one to be age 12. We went to Tanzania but the only photo I have of us together was taken on the way near Amsterdam.

Periodically I would suggest trips that I could take Mike and/or MB on, but Deb was always against it.

60th anniversary  Back row - son Rob, daughter-in-law, daughter Deb, granddaughters A and J, daughter Beth, son-in-law: seated son-in-law, daughter Barb, me and Bob

60th anniversary Back row - son Rob, daughter-in-law, daughter Deb, granddaughters A and J, daughter Beth, son-in-law: seated son-in-law, daughter Barb, me and Bob


In May 2019, our children went with us on a cruise to Bermuda to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. And afterward, I took A on a river cruise from Lyon to deNimes. In November 2019, I had a hip replacement. Then came the pandemic.

I didn't plan any trips for 2020. The first thing I planned was a Chesapeake Bay cruise with American Cruise Lines (ACL)in May 2021. Clouds over the Chesapeake

Clouds over the Chesapeake

I felt really guilty about not having taken any of Deb's children on a trip. Mike was a chef in Vermont and his wife Lesley was an administrator in the Vermont state park system. There was a cruise that ACL did that I really wanted to do - so I wrote to them

I know you and Mike usually go away for about a month in February. I was trying to figure out how I could do a trip with the two of you, but the trip I would really like to do wouldn't be your usual trip where you rent a place for a month. I was thinking of doing the Snake and Columbia rivers on a boat - a small ship with about 100 passengers. But the earliest they do the trip is 2 March and it is only 8 days. I have also always wanted to visit the Oregon rain forest (Olympic NP), but apparently the only way to do this is to rent a car and drive. February is apt to be rainy and foggy and somewhat colder than the places you usually vacation, so it may not appeal to you.

Lesley wrote back and said that the only time they could really get away was in early November and asked if there was another place and time that would work. I replied

There are 3 European cruises on Ama waterways which I am interested in

Starting 1 Nov for 8 days - Luxembourg to Nuremberg. We were supposed to go to Luxenborg in 1950 but the boat was late so we didn't get there.

Starting 3 Nov for 13 days Prague to Budapest - never been either place

Starting 5 Nov for 11 days Portugal - Lisbon and the Douro River. I loved Lisbon in 1964 and would like to go back. This one would potentially have the warmest weather of the three

Mike picked the Prague to Budapest trip as his first choice because he thought it would be nice to go someplace I had never been. He said it looked 'rad'. So I booked that cruise in April 2021.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 15:22 Archived in USA

Changing the Venue

Because of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

In September 2021, I did a cruise to the Galapagos with my son, and in February 2022, I did a cruise from San Pedro (the port for LA) to Hawaii. Sequal to the Hawaii cruise

In March of 2022, my grandson Mike started to be worried about the effect Russia's invasion of the Ukraine would have on travel in Poland and Hungary. They were so nervous about it that we was eventually decided not to risk that itinerary.

The other glitch was in my health. On May 10th, I was out of breath just peeing on the toilet. So I told Bob that i needed to go to the ER. I felt better after the EMTs gave me oxygen. They did a CT scan and said that I had blood clots on both sides of my lungs They flew me up to D.C. and took 20 blood clots out of my lungs and put me on a blood thinner. But I resumed physical therapy, and I was told I could continue traveling, although I would have to keep taking the blood thinner and wear compression stockings.

So in May we changed from the Danube to the Rhine. That itinerary on a new AMA ship the AMALucia would be

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.
Mint Tower - 1950 - Amsterdam

Mint Tower - 1950 - Amsterdam


Day 2 AMSTERDAM
Day 3 AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION
Day 4 AMSTERDAM
Day 5 COLOGNE, GERMANY - I was in Cologne in 1950 and in 1964 and we also did a short Rhine cruise in 1950 and I had photos from 1950 to compare
Rubble for blocks surrounding the cathedral

Rubble for blocks surrounding the cathedral


Day 6 RHINE GORGE - RÜDESHEIM Rhine boat

Rhine boat


Day 7 LUDWIGSHAFEN
Day 8 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
I've never been here
Day 9 BREISACH, GERMANY
Day 10 BASEL, SWITZERLAND – DISEMBARKATION – LUCERNE
Day 11 LUCERNE
Day 12 LUCERNE – ZURICH
Day 13 ZURICH
Day 14 DEPART ZURICH

I had not been to Lucerne and I don't remember whether we were in Zurich in 1950.

Mike and Lesley decided to do both the pre and post excursion sections. Then we started working on flights.

In July, Delta flew a whole planeload of luggage that was left at Heathrow when passengers changed planes there. Heathrow also started to restrict the number of tickets that could be sold on planes landing there. It was stated that the three airports which had the highest number of problems were Heathrow, Gatwick and Schiphol. There are flights from Baltimore (my closest airport) to Heathrow which are very convenient for me, but I really hate transitioning in Heathrow.

2007- EWR to Heathrow - takeoff delayed 4 hours because of summer storms and we missed connection to Shamrock. On the return trip, Heathrow to EWR luggage half our luggage was lost and was not returned for several weeks

2015- This was BWI to Heathrow which was fine on the way over as London was our destination. On the return, we had a trip from Manchester to Heathrow and we had trouble getting to the plane in Heathrow because there were no people to push my wheelchair.

2016 - BWI to Heathrow and transferred to Amsterdam - we had we had plenty of time but again we did not get a wheelchair and almost missed the plane. On the way back from Amsterdam they gate checked the scooter and they broke it. My scooter was not returned to me until 3 days later with the control head broken off. They had to have tried to disassemble it because the screws that held it together were still there.

2019 - BWI to Heathrow - we made our own way to the lounge but we had a long wait for the plane and there were no seats in the lounge. Transferred to Air France. One the way home, I couldn't get a wheelchair for the flight home and I almost missed the plane.

We knew we would have to fly to Schiphol, but we thought there would be less chance of a problem if it was a direct flight from the USA. The only direct flights I found from the USA to Schiphol were from Dulles (IAD in Virginia south of DC) or Boston. My husband Bob said that he would divorce me if he had to drive me to Dulles again, and since Lesley and Michael live in Vermont, Boston was obviously more convenient for them. All I had to do was figure out how to get myself there.

There is apparently only one flight a day to Boston from BWI. it was a codeshare with Delta.

This was a problem for me because my sister had worked very hard to get me to agree to go with her to her granddaughter's wedding in Kentucky. I was to buy the plane tickets and she would do the hotels. But after my blood clot problem, she was too nervous to go with me and told me that she wouldn't go with me unless I brought my husband or some other responsible adult with me. And Bob didn't want to go. So I had to cancel the plane tickets. Southwest refunded my money right away. Delta would only give me a credit which I couldn't use. My plane tickets were being bought by my travel agent and she couldn't use credits. Since I didn't want to lose the $1K each that I spent for first class tickets, I had to persuade them that I couldn't fly anymore, so I couldn't use the credits. They eventually refunded the cost of my ticket.

In July I decided to pay in full for the airline tickets just in case the fares increased. Because Mike is a big guy and I want to have my feet up, I booked first class tickets. Mike and Lesley did a low carb diet to lose some weight.

Our flights
Date Airline Flight Departure Airport Departs Arrives Arrival Airport Service
Oct 31 ENDEAVOR AIR DBA DELTA CO 5283 11:00am (BWI) 12:30pm (BOS) First
Oct 31 KLM Royal Dutch 0618 Boston, MA (BOS) 10:10pm 10:50am (next day) Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) Business

Nov 14 Delta 9549 Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) 6:55am 8:45am Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) Business
Nov 14 Delta 0259 Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) 11:15am 1:30pm Boston, MA (BOS) Business
Nov 15 REPUBLIC AIRWAYS DELTA CO 5605 1:45 BOS 3-:45 BWI First

Lesley booked a hotel in Boston on Oct 30-31-Nov 1, and again when we got back because my flight to Boston landed 15 minutes before the flight to Baltimore took off. The hotel had a shuttle to the airport and they could leave their car there during the trip.

I wrote to Lesley

Day 2 they are going to give us a tour of the city.

The thing I really want to see in Amsterdam is the red light district. When I went first as a 12 year old it wasn't suitable and every time since I've been with a 12 year old except once with Bob and he was too tired from the plane trip to do any touring.

Barb had some kind a beer tour there. Something like the Heineken experience. I think she also went to the Stedelijk museum and/or the Moco Museum (which is modern art) because M was interested in that.

With Bree I went to the Van Gogh museum. I went to the Rijkmuseum when I was 12, but don't remember much about it. I have not been to the Anne Frank House and don't want to go. There are a lot of little museums in Amsterdam. There's a sex museum and a Bag and Purse museum.

Other than the red light district in Amsterdam, I don't really have anything else that I really want to do. Jenna and I had a very nice walking tour of Amsterdam and maybe the tour on Day 2 will be like that.

As far as any of the other tours go - I may not be able to do them in some ports - and I am perfectly happy staying on the boat or just wandering around locally. When I went with Amelia, she went off and did a lot of the tours and I just stayed on the boat. Or once I hired a taxi to take me to places I wanted to see because I couldn't do or didn't want to do any of the tours that the boat had.

I have been to Zaanse Schans with Jenna - very briefly at the end of a day of touring where we went to Volendam, I didn't go into any of the windmills and I don't remember that they are particularly accessible. It is just the last couple of paragraphs of this blog. https://greatgrandmartanzani.travellerspoint.com/20/

I have been to Cologne twice - once in 1950
Me on the steps in 1950 - Cologne

Me on the steps in 1950 - Cologne


and once in 1964. But 1964 was at the end of a plane trip and I have lost my photos (or my mother borrowed them and I haven't found them among the thousands of slides) and I would like to take the tour and visit the cathedral and the town hall particularly.
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It is probably not at all accessible so I might need help. I thought Mike would like the beer tour

Rhine Gorge - in 1950 we went on a tour of the Rhine from Cologne and I have my dad's photos of the trip. I am going to get prints of his photos of the trip and of Cologne so I can show them to people and compare.

I might like the gondola ride if I could get to it.

Ludwigshafen - I have been to Heidelberg but don't remember anything about it. My dad has photos.
Heidleberg from castle

Heidleberg from castle


What I do this day will depend on getting more information about the various tours. Sometimes I can do things on the scooter that people don't think I can do, but maybe I will just stay on the ship and let the two of you do something like Speyer.

Strasbourg - If the tour is a bus tour, I can do that and probably also the walking tour after it with the scooter.

Breisach - I'd like to go back to the Black Forest, but it isn't something that I will be majorly disappointed if I can't do it.
picking blueberries in the Black Forest

picking blueberries in the Black Forest


I would like for you and Mike to take photos of places that you went especially if I don't go. That's what Amelia did. And I would like to have copies of the photos. Do you have a camera or would you like to borrow mine? (I lent Jenna a Canon T3 for Africa). Cell phones are possible, but if you have a lot of photos on a cell phone they are all jumbled up together and it is almost impossible to share them. Polly took some photos for me in San Pedro and it was a Major hassle to find them because she had so many other photos on her phone. The same with photos that Kathy took in the Galapagos. She just left all the photos that she had taken on her camera and didn't download them so she had photos from a whole bunch of other trips on there.

I can't emphasize enough that you should not stay back or not do something that you would like to do on my account. I will say if I want help to do something. You do not have to worry that I will be unhappy - if I decide that the tour would be too much for me, I won't be regretful - I will be happy to have you go. I can amuse myself on the boat.

In Sept, Delta changed my flight to Boston from taking off at 1: 30 to taking off at 2:30. Not a problem. I told them I am checking the scooter and want a wheelchair. I don't know if the guy I talked to really understood, but at least I called and he said it was OK. I also checked about the scooter with KLM

Then later they changed the flight back to Baltimore from leaving at 1:45 to leaving at 1:30

We bought Apple tags. We got our flu shots and covid boosters Lesley came down to Maryland for a wedding and picked up my walker in its box. We registered with AMA

So we were all set. Except that there was a drought and some of the rivers were too low for the boats.

In July, I got prints of my dad's slides of Amsterdam, Cologne and the Rhine printed.

Lesley said that it would be a different type of trip for her. Usually she has to research all the hotels and air fares and options. On this trip, AMA arranges everything and my agent did the air.

We were discussing what we would do in various locations. Mike wanted to go to MoCo which has street artists including a Banksy exhibit and he likes Banksy. Lesley wanted to go to Anne Frank, and luckly she did the research - Because of the pandemic, you can no longer line up to go to Anne Frank. You have to order tickets a month in advance. So she did that and also got tickets for MoCo.

I found the stash of Euros that I had from a previous trip. Lesley ordered some and also some Swiss francs.

We were keeping an eye on the river levels and they seemed to be getting better. We discussed our packing plans. In September, we added the AMA ap on our phones. Then I went to the Vacations to Go website (where I had booked the cruise) and our cruise was not on it. Had it been canceled?

But no, it was still going. I registered for excursions. And then it was October.

In mid October we got a notice that the time of the KLM flight to AMS had changed. It was now an hour later.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 03:49 Archived in USA

Flying on Halloween - but not on a broom

Wheeling through airports


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October 27th
I'm almost packed. I went to the last water aerobics yesterday so that the scooter can be charged and i can pack the charger. Bob got me a new pair of goggles, and also a new USB hub for the computer. I'm going to try to use the backpack I got from Silversea for my carry-on.

October 30th
I had to use the bigger suitcase because I had to put the battery charger in it for the scooter. And I couldn't use the Silversea backpack- it just barely fit the battery box and the computer. The one Lynde lent me for the Galapagos is a little bigger and things fit better.

I got an email from Lesley that said:

See you soon! We are checked in to our Boston hotel, a mile from the airport. We got a great deal on the room plus two weeks of parking

I'm waiting to get my boarding pass for KLM and watching Green Bay lose to Buffalo. Bob said that I would have a problem with KLM because of the scooter battery. But I've done all I can

31 October 2022 Halloween

I wanted to get to the airport in time for them to complain about the Lithium Ion battery - on the news last night was a story about scooter that was being charged that had started a fire in an apartment. And the travel section of the Washington Post had a story about people being denied boarding even though the batteries that powered their wheelchairs were legal to fly.

The new time for my flight to Boston was 1430. Bob loaded my bag, my carryon and the scooter into the car and we left (as usual) early. Our drive to BWI is a little less than 90 miles and takes about two hours. So theoretically for two hours before the flight we should leave at 10:30. We left at 9:40.
Leaving home

Leaving home

Driving up to bwi

Driving up to bwi


When we got to the airport about 11:30, I wanted Bob to go into the parking garage on level four- handicapped level, but he didn't listen and so he went in on level 2.
Into the parking garage

Into the parking garage


He unpacked the scooter and we rode into the airport and immediately looked for a restroom for him

We went in Sky Priority and the check in lady got a supervisor in a red coat. My suitcase was exactly 50 lbs. She really wanted me to gate check the scooter and offered to give Bob a pass so he could fold it up for me. But my flight wasn't until 2:30 so I asked them to just check it. I got a wheelchair. When we went through security, I had forgotten my kindle was in my bag and so they had to take that back to go through again, and they wiped the battery and my hands. On the way to the gate
Chicken pot pie soup

Chicken pot pie soup


I got a small cup of chicken pot pie soup and the guy also filled my water bottle. As I waited I read a book on my Kindle. There was a buffet of snack items across from me at the gate.
Snack table

Snack table


When it was close to the time of boarding, the red coat lady came and supervised the boarding. There were at least two people on the flight who were going to Amsterdam. Got on the plane and put the backpack under the seat.

BWI

BWI

When we took off, I read some more on the Kindle. We were a little late getting to Boston as we took off a little late because they were waiting fr two passengers.
Boston

Boston

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Coming in to Boston


A wheelchair was waiting with a tiny lady to push. She had a hard time getting me up the ramp.

Lesley and Mike were at baggage claim with a sign that said BEASLEY. There was very little checked luggage. My red bag came out right away and the scooter was at oversized baggage. Lesley called for van pickup for the hotel, and the scooter pusher said we could just leave the chair anywhere so Lesley pushed and Mike handled the bags and we just put the scooter in the van folded up.

I went up to their hotel room and I laid down on the bed and rested. We had a little snack (I had a fruit cup and chicken noodle soup and some cheese and nuts and Lesley had some cranberry juice for me.
My Kindle on the night table at the hoteel

My Kindle on the night table at the hoteel


When it got to be about 8, we went down to the lobby and got the shuttle back to the airport. This time to the international terminal. Lesley had repacked the rollator - she bought a bag for it and put some of the stuff in it into her suitcase because she thought there was too much stuff in it and that they would want to take it out and inspect it. She also got me some cushions for the scooter because the seat is hard with no padding - very thoughtful but the foam wouldn't stay in place.

Mike went to get the rest of their luggage from their car, and we all loaded into the van. We found the Priority boarding line and were checked in by two girls in costume for Halloween - one of them had stitches pained on her.

I had originally thought I would do the rollator as a carry on, but when we got to the desk I decided to ride the scooter and to gate check it. And they didn't seem to have a problem with that. We checked three things - Lesley's suitcase, my suitcase and the rollator suitcase. Passport control went fine, and then we had to go through the TSA.

This time I remembered to take my Kindle out and my computer and my phone. But they saw the money belt strap on my neck and wanted to inspect that and they also found an empty water bottle in my pocket. So they took me aside to inspect separately. And when she got done, I had a hard time finding Mike and Lesley. When I was going through my separate inspection, Lesley had picked all my stuff up and stuck it in her bag - my phone, kindle and computer. But she missed the little black bag with my passport in it. Mike volunteered to go back and find it. While he was gone, one of the passport guys came and found us and gave it back. (It did have my name and photo on it)

We went first to the lounge, but it was very crowded and there weren't a lot of seats. I took my night time pills, but the seats were cutting off the circulation to my legs. The plane was to leave at 23:10 but it was starting boarding at 22:10.

At the gate, I asked someone about checking the scooter and he told us to wait right there and we would be taken care of. The lady with all the stitching who checked us in came up to the desk, and said -"I found them", and with her was the crew of the plane. She also led the people who were pre-boarding (our little group and some women and children) down the jetway to the plane. Here we waited as the crew was still getting ready, and then I got my cane and walked to my seat and Mike put the battery into the box and folded the scooter and they put it in the closet - didn't gate check it. They were going to give the battery in the box to the Captain (!) but decided just to put it in the closet with the scooter
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First Class Passenger packet from KLM


I found the seat a little uncomfortable. It didn't go really upright and I had trouble reaching things. Like my right foot. I took off the compression stockings and put on socks and the flight attendant had to do my right food for me both times.
Out the window at 11:00

Out the window at 11:00


Then they served us dinner, but they said the menu was wrong.
Menu that was wrong

Menu that was wrong


Dinner

Dinner


She put my tray on the tray table next to me (no one sat beside me) and the first thing I did was to take the napkin out and the silverware was inside it and some of it slid off on the floor. I ate a little of it, and then made the seat go flat. I put my glasses on a shelf I could see when the bed was flat

Air was blowing on me and keeping me awake until I put the pillow from the other sieat over my head. So I slept pretty well until about 4 when they turned the cabin lights on.
TV showing flight information

TV showing flight information

I got up and with to the bathroom, and bushed my hair and ate breakfast.
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Breakfast

Breakfast

And tried to pick up my glasses, and dropped them. The flight attendant had to go into the area of the people behind me to get them.

Crossing the coast - 5 am USA time

Crossing the coast - 5 am USA time

Posted by greatgrandmaR 04:35 Archived in USA

Landing at Schipol

And settling in to the hotel

sunny
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Since I had a window, and Lesley and Mike were in center seats, I took photos of the landing in case they wanted to see it later. [But when we came back at the end of the cruise, they had a window and could see it for themselves]

Sun glinting on the water

Sun glinting on the water

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Windmills by the port

Canal

Canal


Golf course

Golf course


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Green fields


Flying over a highway

Flying over a highway


Some kind of tower

Some kind of tower

Rolling across a canal

Rolling across a canal


Taxiing across a highway

Taxiing across a highway


Rounding the corner

Rounding the corner


After we landed. Lesley collected the carry-on luggage and Mike took the battery out of my backpack. He went back and got the scooter and waited for us at the end of the first class jetway. I had a wheelchair up the jetway and then Mike put the scooter together. Next, we had to get to baggage claim. The first elevator was broken and we wandered around the airport for a little while (and Lesley used the bathroom which she said were awesome) until we found an elevator that worked. Went through passport control, got our luggage, and almost immediately found our AMA people that were meeting us including a driver who took us to a lovely Mercedes van.

It was a fairly long drive to the city and the van driver told us some history on the way.
Front desk

Front desk


Got here to the hotel and checked in
HOTEL NH COLLECTION AMSTERDAM BARBIZON PALACE
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72
1012 AD Amsterdam Netherlands

We are on the second floor next to each other but not adjoining rooms. The hotel is nice, but the TV remote is hard to work, and there appear to be only about 4 channels that are in English - three of them are BBC. I miss having the TV on with the weather.
TV over desk - scooter in front.  Fridge on the left.  My cane on the bed and also my foot in a compression sock.  New rollator bag on the floor on the right

TV over desk - scooter in front. Fridge on the left. My cane on the bed and also my foot in a compression sock. New rollator bag on the floor on the right


Bedside table with phone reflected in the mirror

Bedside table with phone reflected in the mirror


Wall of sayings by my bed

Wall of sayings by my bed

The bathroom is such that the toilet is almost too low for me to be able to get up from it - photos taken from the toilet
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Tub/ shower


Hair dryer over the sink

Hair dryer over the sink

Lesley unpacked the rollator so I can use it in the room. I have the scooter so that I can plug it in by the window, and my computer is plugged in by the side of the bed in Lesley's multi-plug. The hotel is cold, so I need a sweater most of the time.

Mike and Lesley went out and got lunch, but I wasn't really hungry and just ate a roll I took from the tray at breakfast and had a nap. While I was napping, Lesley and Mike went exploring. They tried to find a restaurant that I could get into with the scooter. Without success. They reported That the hotel is right on the edge of the old district. Very convenient

I think the scooter has gotten charged up, and I've gotten onto wi-fi and charged my phone. I have taken all those photos with my phone.

Lobby decoration

Lobby decoration

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Floor of lobby with red hotel logo and Chandeliers


After my nap, we went down to meet with the tour director Frederico. There are only seven of us on the pre-cruise. Two people from Arizona who came in after we did, and two other women that I haven't met yet who will arrive late tonight. There is a group of 70 Canadians coming in for the cruise part day after tomorrow. Frederico explained what was going to happen, and then I showed him the photos Daddy took in 1950 - he commented that it was a long time since he had seen photos printed

After the meeting, Mike went up to the room and Lesley and I ate at the bar (the regular restaurant wasn't open). It is called Bottles and Jars.
Bottles and Jars menu

Bottles and Jars menu


Desserts and sides

Desserts and sides


She ordered olives, and I ordered sour dough bread and butter, sweet potato fries and dessert.
Raspberry meringue

Raspberry meringue


I ate an olive, and then two pieces of the bread and a couple of fries and dessert and that was all I could eat. Lesley ate the fries for me.

I went to bed about 9:30 I woke up about 2 and then went back to sleep.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 03:15 Archived in Netherlands

Not Seeing the Red Light District

Except for the Sex Museum


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2 November 2022

I had a wake up call for 7:30, and Lesley came and got me and we went down to breakfast (which is included).Breakfast restaurant

Breakfast restaurant


Mike had already eaten.
Breakfast menu

Breakfast menu


I had poached eggs on spinach
Eggs on spinach

Eggs on spinach


(I asked them to hold the ham and the hollandaise sauce) and the eggs were good but the spinach tasted a little strange. Mike tasted it and said it was cooked in white wine.

After breakfast we were to have a walking tour like I did with J in 2018. It was June then and was warm and I was on a BIG scooter with big wheels and padding so I hardly felt the cobblestones. Walk with J in 2018.
2018 Scooter

2018 Scooter

But this time in November, it was cooler, my scooter had no padding or springs, and the streets were so rough that I did not last the whole two hours. I did get a lot of photos and Lesley took some of me on the walk.

460d1db0-9a96-11ed-a210-af0e5d5ccd52.JPGAmsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station


Canal boat - Lesley's photo

Canal boat - Lesley's photo


Guide walking beside me (Lesley's photo)

Guide walking beside me (Lesley's photo)

IMG_6426.JPGStation and Metro station entrance across from the hotel

Station and Metro station entrance across from the hotel


912e83b0-9a96-11ed-8f42-3d99a307b37a.JPGBasilica of Saint Nicholas which was close to the hotel

Basilica of Saint Nicholas which was close to the hotel

IMG_6429.JPGMontelbaanstoren tower

Montelbaanstoren tower

Grand Hotel Amrâth

Grand Hotel Amrâth


School crossing

School crossing


8b2c94c0-9a96-11ed-8f42-3d99a307b37a.JPGLooking up at winches and possibly a camera over the street

Looking up at winches and possibly a camera over the street


Same from Lesley's viewpoint

Same from Lesley's viewpoint

IMG_6435.JPGIMG_6434.JPGcanal

canal

Decorated bike

Decorated bike

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Step gable with winch at the peak

Step gable with winch at the peak

Swoop gable

Swoop gable


De Waag on Nieuwmarkt

De Waag on Nieuwmarkt


a 15th-century building on Nieuwmarkt square in Amsterdam. It was originally a city gate and part of the walls of Amsterdam. The building has also served as a guildhall, museum, fire station and anatomical theatre, among other things
Red shutters of De Waag

Red shutters of De Waag


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Mike

Mike


Water company manhole

Water company manhole

The view from Sint Antoniesluis / Bridge 287 in Amsterdam built in 1602

The view from Sint Antoniesluis / Bridge 287 in Amsterdam built in 1602


The street was originally a dike, the Sint Antoniesdijk, constructed during the Middle Ages. It protected the city and its surroundings from flooding. After 1585 this part of the city, called the Lastage, was developed.
Workers resting

Workers resting


These workers were doing something that I thought was unusual, but I can't remember now what it was.
IMG_6443.JPGMy photo and Lesleys

My photo and Lesleys

IMG_6447.JPGClock of the Zuiderkerk

Clock of the Zuiderkerk


IMG_8417.jpgMe taking a photo and the photo I took

Me taking a photo and the photo I took


Canal lock

Canal lock


IMG_6449.JPGSteeples

Steeples


I was going around taking photos of the varrious steeples and I can't identify them now.

The walking tour started out at the hotel, and when I had enough it didn't take us long to get back to it. Mike and Lesley brought me back to the room and I charged the scooter and my camera batteries, and rested.

Mike and Lesley went out walking after they left me at the hotel. They surveyed the situation in the Red Light district and said that I wouldn't see anything there. But Lesley didn't understand - I didn't want to see the prostitutes in operation. I would have been happy just to see the street even if there was no one there but tourists. That's one for next time.

So instead in the afternoon we went to the Sex Museum.
Selfie in the Sex Museum in two mirrors

Selfie in the Sex Museum in two mirrors


They let me in for free because I could not go upstairs to see the exhibits there.
Stairs to the red light district

Stairs to the red light district


There were some 'realistic' with sound effects dioramas including one of a flasher, and a little bit about Mata Hari. Man in the Mata Hari exhibit

Man in the Mata Hari exhibit

Mata Hari with scene behind her of execution

Mata Hari with scene behind her of execution

Second Man in the Mata Hari exhibit

Second Man in the Mata Hari exhibit


There was also a lot of the pottery like we saw in Peru demonstrating various positions - some from South America, some from China and others. Lesley took photos upstairs and they showed them to me afterward.

We had a very early dinner/late lunch. At dinner, since I like and can usually eat soup, Lesley persuaded me to order Chicken ramen with egg and nori.

Chicken ramen with egg and nori.


I liked the egg, but the soup was too salty so I ate a couple of mushrooms and a little of the noodles, and then gave the soup to Lesley. Lesley ordered the Chef's selection

Chef's selection which included green olives,, tuna with chicory and chickpeas, and lowland cheese.

Chef's selection which included green olives,, tuna with chicory and chickpeas, and lowland cheese.


Plus we all got the bread which was dark bread this time. I liked the tuna and I took one of the cheese. Then I had the lemon tart for dessert, but I had eaten too much bread to finish it so I took it up to the room along with the half finished bottle of water.
Large bottle of water

Large bottle of water

Mike and Lesley went out again - they had a ticket for the Modern Art Museum and also one for the Anne Frank house. The Anne Frank tickets have to be ordered a month in advance for a specific time, and because of covid, there is no longer a line outside. She also had a trolley pass, but I think they defaulted to a cab. They got back late and ordered pizza to be delivered and since the hotel had mixed our names up on the reservations, they called me to come and get it. But Lesley was already there so I didn't have to go down. They brought up the pizza, but I couldn't eat much of it.

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