Thursday, June 16, 2011

European Escapade - Leaving for Amsterdam!

Before I continue with my European Escapade, I would like to wish my dear friend LJ a successful surgery today. I hope she recovers soon so she can start planning her vacation. I know she’s considering a local getaway so she won’t be checking out Paris apartments
or anything like that.

If YOU however, are planning a trip to magical
Paris, feel free to visit my link for low-rate Paris apartments here. Some of the most affordable travel accommodation can be found online and France is not cheap so you would definitely want to save while travelling, starting with affordable apartments in Paris. Smiley

Getting back to my EE post,
B and I had booked our flight to Amsterdam on Easy Jet online and I for one was most excited. Firstly, I had never been to Amsterdam. Secondly, this trip would see us saying goodbye to the rest of the group we had been travelling with so it would be just the two of us in a strange faraway place! Smiley

After breakfast in Manchester Britannia Hotel,
B and I checked out from the hotel and walked the short distance to a bus stop where we had earlier booked seats to take us to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. From there, we would hop on an Easy Jet to Amsterdam.

On the way to John Lennon Airport

The trip to Liverpool was scenic and aside from the rude local back in Manchester who cut off B in mid-sentence when my hubby asked for directions, everything was cool. The weather that day was gloomy and I couldn’t help wondering what Amsterdam weather would be like. Just as cold or a little sunny? Smiley

Grazing sheep

Liverpool neighbourhood

We got to JL Airport early and checked-in our luggage before heading back outside to continue snapping pictures. Photographs are vital on vacation so it was great to have two cameras with us.

John Lennon Airport

Goodbye Liverpool

Hello Amsterdam!

Outside John Lennon Airport

Blue Double Decker Bus

B with our already stuffed suitcases

Checking-in @ John Lennon Airport

Our flight was on schedule and all the way to Amsterdam; I kept myself occupied by taking cloud pictures.

Thank you Easy Jet

Mariuca and B

Me and my cloud pictures!

A little after an hour, we were touching down in Amsterdam at Schiphol Airport! The moment we landed, my demeanour completely changed from a busy on-the-go tourist to a smiley relaxed one! I don’t know if it was the sunny weather or the fact that everyone was smiling and walking instead of rushing and running but I immediately knew that Amsterdam was going to be amazing! rindu

Welcome to Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport

Everyone seemed friendlier in Amsterdam and the shops inside the airport were just as enticing! B had to stop me from shopping the moment we got through passport control and security! ihikhik

By this time, we had accumulated a whole lot of purchases from London, Manchester and Liverpool so my two bags especially were ultra heavy. After talking it over with B, we decided to store (for a fee of course) two of our four heavy suitcases in the airport, which we will collect on our return flight a few days later. Leaving our luggage behind was a great idea by the way and without two big bags to lug around and hold us back, B and I were raring to get to the city centre and check-in to our hotel! Smiley

Only two bags!

We purchased train tickets to the Central Station from somewhere inside the airport. The really friendly guy behind the counter was more than happy to be included in the video clip that B was busy taking of me as I purchased our tickets.

Thumbs up Amsterdam!

From Schiphol Airport, we hopped on a double decker train to Central Station and from there; we had to make our way to the hotel. Unfortunately, we had left behind our hotel booking print-out inside one of the suitcases we stored in the airport so we were a little lost the moment we arrived at the huge Central Station.

As we were frantically trying to figure out a local map outside Central Station, an old man appeared from nowhere and offered us a helping hand! He provided us with directions to our hotel and welcomed us to Amsterdam with a big smile. B and I were so grateful to this wonderful stranger and his gesture simply confirmed my initial impression that Amsterdam would turn out to be absolutely amazing!

Amazing Amsterdam

Hand in hand, B and I walked the short distance to WestCord City Centre, our fourth and final hotel on this Europe trip! Want to see pictures of our hotel? Wait for my next post!

Our hotel in Amsterdam

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-



maxiVelasco,  June 16, 2011 9:30 PM

Oh my! Wow! =-O =-O =-O

maxiVelasco,  June 16, 2011 9:31 PM

I hope our dear LJ is doing great. Haven't heard about her surgery but I hope she's okey. Thanks for letting me know about this :)

maxiVelasco,  June 16, 2011 9:32 PM

I've never been to Amsterdam but have been dreaming of getting there one day with Bebe. A one-week getaway will be great!

I so envy you right now! Oh wow! :-D :-D :-D

Bill,  June 16, 2011 11:22 PM

Wow that looks so amazing over there. I would love to ride on a double decker bus like that. You and B make the perfect couple you both look cute together. I am glad you had fun my dear friend. hopefully one day i will get to see these places also. :*

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 4:22 AM

Testing :* :*

Monica,  June 17, 2011 4:24 AM

:* :* :*

Monica,  June 17, 2011 4:27 AM

wow amsterdam sounds amazing and everybody seems so friendly... <333

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 4:27 AM

OMG susahnya... okay now I see ur smiley Mon!!

Monica,  June 17, 2011 4:30 AM that picture of you and sweet!! :* :*

Monica,  June 17, 2011 4:33 AM

yeah carrying heavy luggage around can def put a damper on anyone’s holiday fun hehe.. so storing luggage can ultimately take the edge off the entire trip!! :) :)

Monica,  June 17, 2011 4:34 AM

can't wait to see pictures of the hotel, sweetie!! O:-) O:-) O:-)

Monica,  June 17, 2011 4:36 AM

hahhaah that's why susah to leave comments here huhuhu! :-E :-E :-E

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:51 PM

:-D :-D :-D Hey Maxi!

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:52 PM

I hope so too, thanks Maxi and get well soon LJ! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:53 PM

How far is Amsterdam from ur place Maxi? I hope u and Bebe will get there one day then, perhaps for ur honeymoon woo hoo!! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:55 PM

He he I didn't get on any DD bus while in UK but I sure did take plenty of pics Bill he he he... Awwww thanks so much, what a nice thing to say and we did have a great time together. Wishing you and wifey will get to visit beautiful Amsterdam one day too! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:55 PM

Bill FC1! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:56 PM

:* :* :* Monica FC2!

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:57 PM

All this nonsense really put me off blogging Mon but so glad u can comment here, hugs! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:58 PM

Amsterdam is amazing and the ppl are friendly Mon, u and R must go!!! 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 2:59 PM

Thanks Mon, the one on the plane kah? My new FB profile pic that one lol! ;) ;)

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 3:01 PM

Yeah! So convenient la storing our luggage so can move around better... actually we never did store luggage before this but the EE trip seriously took its toll on our luggage if ya know what I mean? he he he he! =-O =-O ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  June 17, 2011 3:02 PM

LOL Monica... this la the so-called transparent bathroom door hotel I mentioned in MPG before my trip ahahahahaahah, will post pics for sure! :-D :-D :-D

foongpc,  June 18, 2011 12:46 PM

Eh what happened? Just now no comment button? Have to refresh your page a few times! ???? =-O

Mariuca,  June 18, 2011 1:36 PM

I donno why la but it's really pissing me off Panda Bear! >:o >:o >:o >:o

Mariuca,  June 19, 2011 6:26 PM

Btw FC3 Foong! :* :*

Mariuca,  June 19, 2011 6:27 PM

Thanks for chopping my problematic post here Mon, Bill and Foong! :* :*

LadyJava,  June 20, 2011 11:54 AM

Thanks Maxi. Thanks dearie...
Am doing great here!

LadyJava,  June 20, 2011 11:56 AM

Hiya GP!!!!!!
Thanks so much for the best wishes here.. as you know my surgery went great!! yeay! so now can angan2 and plan my vacay...hehehe...

LadyJava,  June 20, 2011 11:56 AM

Amsterdam sounds so awesome dearie and loving all the pictures here... cloud pictures sooo cute..hehe

LadyJava,  June 20, 2011 11:58 AM

cant wait to see more pictures of Amsterdam!!!

Life Ramblings,  June 20, 2011 5:01 PM

i visited Amsterdam once and i love it, can't get enough of it. it's one of my favourite cities in Europe. hope to visit this place again someday.

Life Ramblings,  June 20, 2011 5:03 PM

the canal cruise was awesome, i enjoyed it very much.

Life Ramblings,  June 20, 2011 5:06 PM

and not to mention, the windmills are very picturesque too.

Life Ramblings,  June 20, 2011 5:08 PM

for some reason, i've been having problems leaving comments on your blog. your comment box just won't load, how frustrating. good thing it works today. :)

Life Ramblings,  June 20, 2011 5:08 PM

i love the photo of you and B. both of you made a perfect couple. :)

Life Ramblings,  June 20, 2011 5:10 PM

glad to hear that you had a wonderful time in Amsterdam. can't wait to see more pictures from you.

bluedreamer27,  June 21, 2011 10:58 PM

yay... the Amsterdam trip cheers!! :-D :-D :-D

bluedreamer27,  June 21, 2011 10:59 PM

I wonder why they called it john Lennon.... JL owned that airport???

bluedreamer27,  June 21, 2011 11:03 PM

LOL funny me... i was thinking about the Hunch Back but then i realized that it's Notre Dame not Amsterdam LOL silly me :-D :-D :-P

bluedreamer27,  June 21, 2011 11:05 PM

the cloud is like sand huh haha
thanks for sharing Marzie and sorry for the late visit
Happy blogging :) :)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  June 22, 2011 9:53 AM

dearie! :* :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  June 22, 2011 9:54 AM

I wanna visit Amsterdam!! >:o >:o

Caroline Ng May Ling,  June 22, 2011 10:03 AM

camera is very very important for us!! hahaha ! :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  June 22, 2011 10:08 AM

pic of u n B so sweet! :-D :-D

Caroline Ng May Ling,  June 22, 2011 10:11 AM

eh the cloud looks kinda diff from ours one aight? :-P :-P or i dint realize it? =-X

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