2017/08/11 – Lady Helen Mary & Alice visiting Amsterdam
According to the schedule, the Black Watch arrived at 10.00h at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Mary had sent a SMS around 08.30h, that we had better meet at the PTA at 10.30h. As we stayed with my eldest sister, she brought us by car in 20 minutes to the PTA, but… at 09.47h a new SMS: “10 o’clock now perfect”, as not the tour passengers got priority getting off the ship, but instead the individuals, as Mary and Alice. We arrived at 10.10h. The program for the first day in “Holland” was more or less fixed: travelling by train to The Hague, with as major goal: The Mauritshuis, Houses of Parliament, and some shopping. For Mary and Alice I had bought Dutch public transport cards (trains, trams and busses). Very convenient, as the ladies could travel in style with an upgrade to first class, and then got a 40% discount travelling as my companion (I can take 3 people travelling with 40% discount per voyage).