James and I flew in simultaneously to Amsterdam. He had been visiting his step-brother in Munich, Germany and I had been in Galway and Dublin, Ireland with my friend Pat. I arrived at AMS around 1230, and he arrive around 1330hrs. Andrew met me around 1300 at the airport and we waited together for James! Somehow we didn't see him come through the arrival gate. Luckily he was able to text me and we found him over by the entrance to the airport around 1430hrs.
The following day, Friday, 24 January, Andrew had to work. So, James and I headed for Amsterdam. We took the bus to the train station, where we purchased tickets for the train. We decided to make a day of it. Our first stop was the Rijksmuseum, where we spent a couple of hours looking at the beautiful building and the art.
Saturday, January 25th the three of us went to the markets in Haarlem, then headed over to De Haar Castle, which is about a 40 minute drive from Haarlem.
Sunday, January 26
We decided to spend the day in Amsterdam. We took the bus to Haarlem Centraal...
Monday, Andrew had to return to work, so James and I were on our own! We decided to take a trip over to the town of Zaanse Schans, which is a cute little town with some working windmills, a clog shop, cheese shop, etc.
We took the bus to Haarlem Centraal, then took the train to Zaanse Schans via Amsterdam Sloterdijk.
On the way back from the gate we walked by one of my favorite spots in town....it's so pretty!
Wednesday we decided to take it easy a bit. James and I went to Nurks, which is a little restaurant in the woods close to the house. We had a nice lunch where James decided to order a fresh mint tea!
That evening the three of us went to Napoli Restaurant for dinner! We all had the pasta parmesanno! Delicious!
Thursday, January 30th
We got up very early and drove to the airport. Parked the car in long term parking and took a British Airways flight over to London! We had told James we would take him somewhere in Europe-his choice-and he chose London. Since his trip was short, and Andrew wasn't able to take more than two days off from work, we just spent a couple of days in London. It was a whirlwind trip, but we saw and did a lot!
Friday we were able to get into Westminster Abbey (my favorite place in London).
then we were all headed in our separate directions.....
We all got on the Heathrow Express towards the airport and headed home...James to California, and Andrew and I back to Haarlem.
We had parked our car in long term parking.....we took the shuttle from the airport back to the car...