TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Monday morning arrived, an early start up to Belfast International Airport. As always on our trips away I started with a Starbucks berry hibiscus to wake me up and give me a boost!
Thankfully we didn’t have too long to wait, but enough time to chill and have a look around the duty free.
This was the view of yucky, rainy Belfast from the aeroplane window . . . how miserable?
The flight was pretty quick at an hour and 15 minutes, then the watches had to be jumped forward an hour. The views from the sky, once we got past the clouds were beautiful.
Landing in Schiphol airport I love how you were greeted in the arrivals lounge by some people holding ‘welcome’ balloons, I thought this was so cute and thoughtful and then I realised the airport actually sold these balloons.
Schiphol airport is MASSIVE and so cool, it really is more like a shopping centre rather than an airport. (However I noticed there where more shops before you check in than after, put perhaps this was just the gate we were at).
Down at the Plaza area is where you can get food, buy your train tickets and head to the platforms.
We needed to get the train from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Central, this was a bargain price of €4.40 and the train took about 20 minutes.
When we arrived at Amsterdam Central we bought our travel pass, our 5 day pass was €26 and meant we could jump on and off any train, tram, metro and bus. We then jumped on the train and headed to Zaandam, a small town about 15-20 mins from the centre of Amsterdam, were our hotel was.
These pictures are the first couple of views we had of Zaandam, I was shocked to see a Primark, apparently this is the only one in Amsterdam.
Luckily our hotel was a 5 minute walk from the train station, it was really nice, new and modern. The staff were really friendly and our room was a great size.
Using our travel pass again we just hopped on and off the trams, trains, metro and busses.
To stay in the Zaan Inn yourself –