On the 2nd day, we woke up early then had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. It was so tasty! I love the taste of the combination of the bread, cheese, beef salami, chicken salami, fresh tomato and fresh lettuce! What a perfect breakfast! If you plan to visit Amsterdam, I can recommend you the Avenue Hotel as a place to stay.

After having breakfast, we walked to the Amsterdam Central Station and bought 2 daily pass ticket (24-hour) for €13,50 each. This ticket valid in metro, tram, and buses of GVB, Connexxion, and EBS. This price was much cheaper than the one that I bought the day before (€3.50 each valid only for an hour). We took also the city map to guide us. This city map was complete with many information we needed (bus number, highlights of the area, etc.). You can also download an app “9292” to plan your journey during in the Netherlands, it helps you find the bus number you should take and the bus arrival & departure time. I used this app during my trip in the Netherlands.

We got to the bus number 316 to take us to Volendam. Fyi, Volendam is a popular tourist attraction for its traditional costume and its herring fish. At 10 a.m, the bus arrived in Volendam and we took a 10-minutes walk to the photo studio with traditional costume. There are many photo studios you can choose and I chose the one with Raisa’s photo displayed on it (LOL). You can check the price in the Internet (as I forgot hehe).

the photo studio with Raisa's photo in the display :) there is also a Trip Advisor sticker on it!
the photo studio with Raisa’s photo in the display 🙂 there is also a Trip Advisor sticker on it!

I can say that Volendam is a peaceful and nice city with a strong-and-cold wind brrr… Many traditional houses, fish and chips restaurants, and (of course) photo studios. I tasted the herring fish and fried cod in a stall nearby and they were sooooooo good!! I want to have some more 😥 If you pay a visit to Volendam, you should have some herring fish and fried cod! You must!!

on my left hand is the marinated herring fish and on my right hand is the fried cod. yummy!
on my left hand is the marinated herring fish and on my right hand is the fried cod. yummy!

Then, we moved to the next destination : Zaanse Schaan. We took the bus number 316 to Amsterdam and from  Amsterdam we took the bus number 391 to Zaanse Schaan. Zaanse Schaan is a city where you can visit the old Dutch wooden houses and windmills. Here we will see how the Dutch people used to live in the past.

Stepping out from the bus, a strong scent of something-we-don’t-know burst in the air. It was so strong and doesn’t smell good. I thought it was coming from the factory there. While covering nose, we walked around and stepped in to the museums, such as cheese museum and shop, clogs museum, etc.

the traditional clogs
the regional clogs
the traditional wedding clogs. Beautiful, aren't they?
the traditional wedding clogs. Beautiful, aren’t they?
zaanshe schaan and the cloudy windy sky
Zaanshe Schaan and the cloudy windy sky

The rain started to fall and we headed back to Amsterdam to canal cruising before the dawn. Oh, the cost was €9 for each person. Many historic places were shown and explained during the cruising. However, the sky looked not so good because suddenly the icy rain poured down (ice not water!).

the view while cruising
the view while cruising

We ended the day by strolling around the places nearby, having good dinner, and packing because the next morning we have to leave for Brussels, Belgium! 🙂

to be continued…

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