Well, just back from 3 days in the historic port of Amsterdam. Never been? You should – very cool. Being a dunce, I landed to discover that I’d actually booked a hotel in a town 50km away from Amsterdam – fortunately, the Dutch have far better, more reliable and cleaner trains than we Brits do, so it was easy to get to Amsterdam (short form ‘Adam’!) every day.
Great city if you’re looking for writing inspiration. The docks and the stories of the Dutch sailors and the ‘toughest prostitutes in the world’ were more than a little memorable. And then there was the diamond factory, the Van Gogh museum, the ‘Dark Amsterdam’ tour, the canals, the cheese, the flower market, the Heineken brewery… and on and on. More than can fit into a lifetime, let alone three days.
Civilized people and attitudes. Restored my faith in the species.