Monday, June 18, 2012
This is our second evening in the centre of Amsterdam. From leaving our home to arriving at our hotel here was 38 hours! It's a nice hotel, very friendly staff and our room is big and comfortable. This morning's breakfast was
Been doing a lot of walking, nice and sunny yesterday but rain this a.m. Umbrellas came in handy. Walked to Anne Frank's House but the queue/line was sooo long that we decided to do it first thing in the morning. I asked a girl how long she was waiting till she got to the front door and she said about 45 min!
Walking past The Concertgebouw I saw that Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is having a concert tomorrow night of Mahler's 'Song of the Earth' and Beethoven's 8th Symphony so bought a couple of tickets. Got a pleasant surprise, they give 2 complimentary drinks and a free tram ride to and from the concert hall. Really great deal, don't you think?
I do have terrible luck with my suitcases. Last year twice I had it replaced because of the damage done by the airlines. This time I bought a new Samsonite Duffle, very light and I figured it will last me for many more trips. Well....when I got to my room and tried to press the pull-out handle down it won't go. I don't know what to do, it can't stay permanently in the extended position because it will be damaged/broken by the airline handlers.
Unfortunately, there's no Samsonite repair shop here in Amsterdam.
Our next plane trip is not until 25th July. Maybe it will get fixed by then, fingers crossed.
Friday, June 15, 2012
It's my bedtime but I wanted to blog about my holiday.
It's that time of the year when we fly to UK, I call it our annual pilgrimage.
This time we're going to Benelux countries first for 3 weeks, then a 2 week cruise to Iceland and the Fjords AND THEN to Scotland to see our beautiful granddaughters.
We fly out tomorrow lunchtime to Brunei, stop for 3.5 hours then onto Dubai, another couple of hours stopover and then fly to London. We wait for almost 6 hours before catching a plane to Amsterdam. By the time we arrive at our Amsterdam hotel, it might be 35-40 hours since we left home, lol.
We have 5 days in Amsterdam, then a couple of days in Liege, Belgium, 3 days in Luxembourg City, then going west to northern France, Amiens and Villers-Bretonneux where our soldiers fought in WW1 and see the Australian National Memorial.
From there we go a bit north to Brussels and spend 6 days visiting Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp.
This is the end of our European vacation and we take the Eurostar to London and then a train to Southampton to catch our for a 14 days cruising around Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords.
We're back in Southampton for a few days and travelling around the south of England. Then it's time to visit the family in Scotland! WooHoo!!!
Can't wait to kiss and hugs the girls! It's been a year since I did it last.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized she was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his.
Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, "Business trip or pleasure?"
She turned, smiled and said, "Business. I'm going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston. "
He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs.
Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business role at this convention?"
"Lecturer," she responded. "I use information that I have learned from my personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality."
"Really?" he said. "And what kind of myths are there?"
"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait.
Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Jewish descent who are the best.
I have also discovered that the lover with absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck."
Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she said, "I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don't even know your name."
"Tonto," the man said, "Tonto Goldstein, but my friends call me Bubba."
Monday, June 04, 2012
Why Italian Fathers and Grandfathers pass their handguns down through the family.
An old Italian man is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside, Guido, I wan' you lissina me. I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated .38 revolver so you will always remember me."
"But grandpa, I really don't like guns. How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?"
"You lissina me, boy. Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos."
"Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man. "Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, 'times up' "?
Sunday, June 03, 2012
A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson who is coming to visit with his wife.
"You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 301 . There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow , push button 301. I will buzz you in.
Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow push 3. When you get out, I'm on the left. With your elbow , hit my doorbell."
"Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?
"What ... You coming empty handed?"
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