January 2, 2006 in Travel

Amsterdam: Day Five: New Years Day

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I wake up at noon. Just in time to shower, pack and check out. Since I had a few hours to kill, I decided to take a Canal Tour. This was another must do from my very handy tour book. Much of the charm of Amsterdam is its architecture and in four days of walking around, while I’d seen a lot, I hadn’t seen enough. So the 1 hour boat tour was a good way for me to see more of the city.
After the tour, I decided to go back and have my last meal at Cafe De Oude Wester at corner of Rozengracht and Prinsengracht. The ham/cheese pancake I had there on Wednesday was so delicious that I wanted a final taste before heading home. However, upon arriving, the restaurant was crowded and there was a bit of a wait. So I walked around looking for someplace else and ended up at Cafe Luxembourg. Surprisingly I got a table on the very fashionable covered terrace over-looking Spui square (its a place to see and be seen). There I sat eating my lunch and watching the world go. After lunch, I headed back to the hotel to collect my things and headed for the airport.
I am now safely back on British soil. Thank God for that. I loved Amsterdam, but it’s good to be home.

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