We went back to the guesthouse, loaded our car, and sadly said goodbye to Cochem. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Eindhoven (the Germans drive fast enough to make it in minutes), where a friend of my girlfriend lives. He gave us a tour of the city and we got good Arab food at the Saturday market. Afterwards we drove to Amsterdam, where we checked into Hotel Asterisk. We paid 105 euros a night which was the best I could find – Amsterdam is very expensive. The hotel is really nice, better than I expected. The room is very nice though it was tiny. There is a free continental breakfast and free croissants and cookies all day. The location is really good, right across from the Heineken museum (which we don’t care for). For dinner we went to Bombay Inn near Leidseplein, which was great and not too expensive.
Day 7: Today we spent the day walking around Jordaan and the Dam area. We had breakfast at Vinnie’s (good, but overpriced) and we went into the Dam Palace, which was very nice (10 euros per person). We also had amazing apple pie at Winkel 43. For dinner we went to Pepino’s near Leidseplein, which had a surprisingly great and large pizza for only 5 euros. After we took the tram to De Wallen which was quite a sight.
Day 8: We took the tram to Dam Square and walked to Teddy’s corner for breakfast. Afterwards we took the tram to De Pijp and walked around the market (holiday, so no stores open) and the Sarphatipark which was very nice. We walked over to the museum district and took the obligatory tourist picture with the “I Amsterdam” sign. We then walked back to our hotel, took a small break and then took the tram to the 9 streets area. We walked around for a while and went into a few stores (didn’t buy anything). We had an early dinner at “Pancakes!”, where we had some good dutch pancakes. We had planned to take a canal cruise but the weather wasn’t great so we decided to call it a night instead.
Day 9: We walked to Bagels & Beans in De Pijp for our last breakfast before heading back to the hotel, taking the tram to Leidseplein and the 197 bus to the airport, from where we flew back to Montreal.
Costs for Belgium/Luxembourg/Netherlands/Germany (all costs are in Euros and for two people):
Transportation (between cities – trains+car+gas): 392 (215 car + 96 gas + 79 trains + 2 parking)
Public Transportation (within cities): 61
Food (Restaurants+Snacks+Groceries): 267
Total: 1450 (or 90 euros/$126 CAD per person per day)