After a very quick breakfast in the hotel, we took a taxi to the Gare de Nord train station in Paris, where I enjoyed one of my favorite little things in Europe: standing at a busy coffee counter to have a coffee and croissant.
We boarded the Thalys high speed train to Amsterdam, covered Rachel with a Children’s Hospital blanket and she was asleep in 5 minutes. I spent the time going though some photos, checking some sites and going to the dining car for a coffee.
On arrival in Amsterdam we took a taxi to our hotel, the Canal House, which is fantastic. It’s small, very modern, and very comfortable. It’s owned by a couple that also has hotels in Paris and London. Every detail seems to have been designed with care and we are really enjoying it. The rooms are small but there are so many nice little details.
Our room wasn’t ready yet so we dropped off our bags and went out to explore. We found a little restaurant for lunch (burger and salad, just OK) and then walked through a part of town called the Nine Streets, which is full of interesting little shops, cafes and restaurants.
There are also Vespas everywhere, which I love!
We headed back to the hotel and checked in. The room is actually kind of small but designed so well that it doesn’t feel small or cramped at all. Every detail is Four Seasons quality. It’s in two old buildings with a small house in the middle – so since our room is on the other side of the house, to get there we have to walk through the “great room”, through a corner of the hotel kitchen, around a corner, up an elevator, and down a few stairs.