We left sunny Portugal and flew into Paris for a flying 2 day visit. The fete de musique was on the first night. It was fun, but I think we are getting a bit old. There was a lot of 'doof doof' music and many drunk, but happy Parisiens. The second day was spent wandering the streets. We went to the silly Pompadue (spelling) centre, and then ended with a very nice dinner in a cute Parisien restaurant. We left Paris on the train and found ourselves in Amsterdam. This was my 3rd and Nick's 2nd stay in Amsterdam and it just getting better. Beautiful, friendly,easy to get around, and plenty of good food, wine, and ........! In fact, the food was an absolute highlight this time. It was so good. We also hired our own little 'tinny" and casually pottered the canals for an afternoon. Their tiniest are electric, so the are quiet and fume less. As are many of their cars now. Very good idea. We also visited the Van Gogh museum. I am not really an arty fatty type, but we really enjoyed it. We continued the museum theme with a visit to the museum dedicated to the Resistance during WW2. It was very interesting to see how the Dutch handled the war. Won't go into to detail, as I don"t want to offend. Ask me when I get home and I will tell you all about it. In total, we had 5 glorious days in Amsterdam and it still wasn't enough. Aaaaah. From there it was onward and upward to Iceland. Wow, and I don't just mean the airline. It is amazing. The landscape is awesome, Reykjavik is great, and the Blue Lagoon was a cracker. We should have stayed longer, but everything we read said that 3 days was enough. It wasn't. Never mind, we might just have to go back.
We have now spent a week in the U.S. More on that in the next blog.