Continued from Day 17 Swiss Alps To Rhine Valley
Contiki European Experience – Day 18 of 20
This day was fun. Near where we stayed the night before, our tour manager took us to the World’s Biggest Beer Stein shop. It had the most impressive collection of steins I’ve ever seen! They even had special Contiki Steins with landmarks of all the places you visit on your contiki travel. That’s really special. They have traditional steins, modern steins, really really big steins and many other unique designs. Really worth having a look.
Just down the road there’s a toy shop selling Steiff teddy bears. I love teddy bears and when I was young I told myself to buy a Steiff bear some day.. dream come true 🙂 Even better.. VAT FREE!! teehehe!
I wasn’t prepared how expensive the bears can be but the shop assistant helped me choose a bear for me within my price range. I was told they go up in value over time.. hmmm we’ll see if I ever do sell it! I love it very much 🙂
More places they take you at St. Goar are mentioned here in Contikipedia.
Off to Amsterdam last stop!
Stopped by the cheese farm/clog maker’s house. Didn’t see much cheese in the making but we got to taste them all!! It was really really delicious! I’ve never enjoyed cheese sample as much as I have here! Also the room smells like farts because of the cheese keke. The fruit cheese was my favourite 😛
In the clog room, a maker showed us how he makes clogs. It takes many years to develop the skill. He was breezing it. I love how the wood shaves off.
Clog shopping time!
Bike tour around Amsterdam
Bike riding in Amsterdam is really fun and easy because the roads are super flat! I don’t think I broke a single sweat after 30mins of riding. The scariest part was breaking. There’s not handle breaks. Instead you need to back pedal to break…. the bike I had was wobbly..
We also took a group shot by the windmill.
Red light district of Amsterdam was very interesting. Our tour manager took all 50 of us into a small house of prostitutes just to have a look at them posing at the windows. Instead we got cursed at because obviously we were only there to look. But it was fun. I was afraid to look at the girls in the eyes because I did felt a bit rude just looking at them as tourist attractions.
I think what they have is a wonderful thing. There’s girls for just about anyone. They have a skinny girl section, fat girls and so on. It didn’t feel that seedy or dirty. It was just business.
Amsterdam as the last destination is probably best for those who want bought a bit too much and want to send it home as it is the cheapest to do so here.