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Holland & Belgium - Day 2

Another wonderful day in Amsterdam!

We started with a full breakfast on the ship - which, by the way, is terrific!  Everyone indicates that their rooms are spacious, staff is friendly, food is good and all the common space is up to par.  Check us out - Avalon Expression - at Avalon Waterways.

We then headed out for a canal cruise of the city.  Remarkable!  Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable.  Nearly 500 bridges criss-cross the city over all the canals.

Again, picture perfect weather - although a few showers just started (about 4pm our time).

After lunch we split up - several took an excursion to see the fishing villages of Edam and Volendam.  Others took a ride to Muiderslot - Amsterdam Castle.  Some simply enjoyed the beautiful day in a wonderful city.  A few may have even headed out on a bike tour!

We will have a genever (Dutch gin) and cheese tasting early this evening, followed by our nightly Port Talk and then the Welcome Gala Dinner (can't wait to see what's on the menu!!).


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