First day on the train
As I update this blog, we are currently sitting on a train, gliding towards our next destination...Konstanz! We have had an amazing few days in Amsterdam. The weather has been great...not too hot and not too cold, and we have kept ourselves busy exploring the different neighbourhoods, museums, bars, coffee shops and restaurants, trying not to eat and drink to much, but hey, we're on holiday! Lets hope we can still zip up the jeans in a few weeks time!
It was great to spend a bit more time in Amsterdam and we made good use of the iamsterdam card that we purchased before we left. With this card we were able to access all the transport that we needed to get us to and from the things that we wanted to see. We went to the Holocaust Museum, The Resistance Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Zoo ( this wasn't really on the 'must see' list but it opened earlier than the museums and we had time to kill), Anne Frank House, as well as a number of parks and squares and alleys and canals and bars and cafes, etc, etc, etc! At least we can say that we have really explored the city now but it is a place where you could spend more time.
So, this morning we climbed aboard the first train of many. Got settled in what we thought were our first class seats...had the right train, right seat numbers...but we were in the wrong coach/carriage. Didn't realise until a stop about an hour into the trip when a gentleman asked why we were sitting in his seat! After checking reservations etc, turned out we needed to be in coach 39, not 38. Dean went looking for coach 39 and finally found it...it was like a glassed in "elite', ( or maybe just for trouble-makers!) area with about 7 seats in it. They were all full, so someone had taken ours and the gentleman whose seat we had taken found somewhere else to sit so it all ended well. A rookie mistake on our part and we will now check more carefully!
Off the first train and onto a more regional train and the further south we travelled, the more we saw the scenery that made us like this area of Germany so much the first time we were here. Dean was really able to see more of it this time, as he was too busy concentrating on driving the last time we were in the area.The train took us through some fairly rugged mountains, covered in thick forest and with tunnels drilled through the many ridges. Tucked away, high up in valleys there were small picturesque villages and stations where we stopped and a few people would get off and on. Mostly hikers and walkers...they must be fit!! We passed isolated typically Alpine/German houses, usually with the barn attached to the house to keep the livestock warm during the winter, a pristinely and perfectly stacked, and I mean PERFECTLY stacked, large pile of wood, ready for the winter fire.
Last transport change came in the shape of a bus, as the last bit of line is having work done on it, so we have finally made it and are ready to go out and see what the evening offers up for us. Until the next blog!
Shelley and Dean