The second part of of our December / January trip to Holland covers our daily excursions to the Beer Brewery de Konigshoeven, Breda and Amsterdam.
|The entrance to the Trapist Monastery Konigshoeven|
I'm not really a beer fan but Le Trappe with its wonderful aroma and wonderful sweet and sour taste is a treat. Mr. C and I bought some in their gift shop and enjoyed a bottle in the evenings after long days of sightseeing.
As a rule I don't like to buy souvenirs a.k.a. dust gatherers for friends and family but a sixpack of the Trappist beer was greeted with delight by everyone.
|Inner courtyard of the brewery|
|Entrance to the old brewery now turned into a museum|
|Housing complex that was renovated at some point with the old roof line still visible|
|Inside the brewery|
Breda is a small town West of Tilburg and a leisurely 30 min drive away. The town is similar to Tilburg in appearance, architecture and layout only it's a bit more condensed and there are less open spaces then in Tilburg.
|Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk - The Church of Our Lady|
|A typical street intersection|
First sight in Amsterdam: the Metro station next to Heineken Music Hall where we parked our car.
|Amsterdam Metro station|
The Metro line took us directly to Central Station in the city centre where we switched transportation for the ubiquitous boat tour. Like the Fiaker ride in Vienna - a cheesy tourist attraction that is still immensely satisfying.
|The mandatory boat tour|
|Palace of Justice - throuh the window of the tourist boat|
The coffee kiosk across the street is making a lucrative business selling disgusting watered down overpriced coffee to the people standing in line. After drinking it I considered drinking canal water to wash the taste down. Luckily Mr. C packed a bottle of water in his backpack!
|Queue in front of Anne Frank House|
|Canals in twighlight|
|De Nieuwe Kerk|
What made it all the more irritating that the Peek & Cloppenburg 5 storey department store across the street was open till 9 p.m. to accommodate the busy tourist schedule.
We left the Dam with the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk quickly, the mass of tourist with their flash cameras and loud yelling wasn't on our itinerary. We strolled casually and found a small boutique with interesting interior design pieces designed by Danish new wave of designers.
Another excellent place to spend as much as you could afford to. I ended up buying a tea light house designed to represent a typical Amsterdam house: tall and narrow with distinct roof ornamentation as a present for my mum.
|Light instalation in the middle of a canal|
And to finish our tour of Amsterdam in glory we did the following: got back to the car using the free Metro tickets and drove it to the city centre for another tour of the city through the windows of a moving vehicle thus completing the Amsterdam trinity: metro, boat, car :-)