Our trip is pulling to a close where it began, in busy, intriguing Amsterdam. This is the penultimate blog entry. There will be one more as we're staying 2 nights in Seoul, South Korea, on our return to Australia.
Returning to Amsterdam from Budapest has been a journey of discovery on our own, quite different from the tight and well-planned itinerary of the river trip. Each style of travel has had its benefits, surprises and pleasures.
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Amsterdam Central train stationServicing the city which has the busiest airport in Europe and right next to the harbour where we boarded our boat for the river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Here we are again on our last day in Europe.
Three storey bicycle parking lot serves thousands.Cyclists are welcomed here and there are red bike paths all through the city. As a pedestrian it's the bikes, not the cars, which seem most hazardous. We were told, "They have brakes but they don't like to use them." Bikes zoom past from every which way.
A metasequoia or Dawn Redwood.This species was first described from fossil records and then was discovered living in a remote part of China in about 1943. Botanists around the world strove to multiply it. This one in Amsterdam was planted in 1947, and we planted one in our front yard in Pennant Hills in 1988.