2024 Amsterdam - Hamburg Trip

April 24, 2024: It's been 6 years since Janet and I have gone on a trip of any length and longer than that since we've traveled outside the USA. Two knee replacements, thumb reconstruction, broken wrist, Covid and Breast Cancer will slow a person down. But Janet felt like it might be a good time, health wise, to venture out again. We opted to do this trip on our own as kind of a shake down to see how we would hold up. And I'm grateful to say, I think we did pretty well.

It's been 50 years since we were last in Amsterdam. And that time it was only for a few short hours. There was also something I've been wanting to truly experience in Hamburg, Germany in person. That being Miniatur Wunderland, the largest model train layout in the world. It was started by two brothers in the early 2000's and is now the #1 attraction in Germany. So we thought maybe we could combine the two and so that's what Janet started planning. Spring seemed to be an ideal time, especially in order to see the flowers in the Netherlands. They were beautiful.

We opted for trip/health insurance and I'm glad to say we didn't need it. Though we did both get Covid at some point on the trip. Seemed like mild colds, but Janet tested when we got home and so did I. Hopefully, our imune systems will be able to handle the virus. So far, so good.

We learned that we would be in Amsterdam for King's Day (didn't know what that was) and it turned out being an amazing experience. Absolutely the biggest party I've ever seen. Everyone seemed to have a very good time in a responsible manner.

We were also in Hamburg over another major public holiday, May Day (May 1st) or Labour Day or International Workers' Day. It was just the opposite of King's Day, because the streets were pretty empty. Everyone seemed to disappear and enjoy the day off on their own time.

All in all, I'd say this trip was a success and gave us hope for future undertakings. And luckily the weather was very pleasant.

We also took a few pictures. And videos will be posted later.

Part 1 - Photos

Part 2 - Photos

Part 3 - Photos

Part 4 - Photos

Part 5 - Photos

Maps

Below are the videos (just getting started on this process), these can also be found on YouTube.

Walking around Amsterdam 4/26/2024 (2:24 min)

Mouse Mansion Amsterdam 4/26/2024 (4:13 min)

Keukenhof Gardens 4/27/2024 (1:54 min)

King Day in Amsterdam - Part 0 - 4/27/2024 (3:10 min)

King Day in Amsterdam - Part 1 - 4/27/2024 (5:40 min)

King Day in Amsterdam - Part 2 - 4/27/2024 (4:52 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 1 Italy- 4/29/2024 (1:25 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 2 Italy & Venice - 4/29/2024 (3:36 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 3 Switzerland - 4/29/2024 (1:41 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 4 Italy - 4/29/2024 (5:15 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 5 Italy - 4/29/2024 (4:53 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 6 Italy - 4/29/2024 (4:36 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 7 Italy - 4/29/2024 (2:48 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 8 Italy - 4/29/2024 (4:22 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 8b Italy - 4/29/2024 (4:02 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 9 Monoco - 4/29/2024 (5:20 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 9b Monoco - 4/29/2024 (3:45 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 9c Monoco - 4/29/2024 (4:07 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 10 Provence - 4/29/2024 (5:02 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 11 Stadium, Awards, Work & Rest - 4/29/2024 (2:13 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 12 Rio De Janeiro - 4/29/2024 (3:46 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Hamburg, Germany - Part 12b Rio De Janeiro - 4/29/2024 (2:27 min)

Miniatur Wunderland - Trains in the Floor (1:15 min)

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