“and I took a tram to the Leidse Plein”

For day 7 of #blogjune we go on a tram ride

Riding a tram isn’t very special for someone who lives in Melbourne, there’s a tram at the end of our street that I ride most days. But apparently National Geographic Traveler magazine recommends the number 2 tram in Amsterdam as one of the top ten tram rides in the world, so we added it to our Amsterdam list. Melbourne’s route 96 tram also makes the top ten list – but not the number 11 at the end of my street.

We walked down to Amsterdam Centraal on Sunday morning to pick up a € 7.50 day ticket and then rode the number 2 tram to the Van Gogh Museum.

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With almost no car traffic an Amsterdam tram ride is certainly smoother than one in Melbourne, and we glided past the beautiful architecture of the central area before reaching the ring of canals and the museum district.

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After lunch near the Rijksmuseum we hopped back on the 2 tram and rode it to the end of the line.

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After a while the tram crosses a wide river, and the older historic buildings give way to smart garden apartment blocks of three to four stories. It was all very pleasant as we trundled to a stop at the end of the line at Nieuw Sloten. The friendly tram driver came over to let us know we were at the terminus and when we said we were just along for the ride he told us it would be quicker to walk over to the other platform as he had a 20 minute layover – so that’s what we did before heading back.

I was reminded of a line in an old Joan Armatrading song…

I woke up at first light next morning
And I took a tram to the Leidse Plein
I hired a bike and I drove around for hours

…so a little later we decided to make the most of our day pass and rode the number 2 tram once more, out to Leidseplein which we’d passed through on our earlier trip.

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Then as the sun began to fade we walked back to our hotel along the Herengracht.

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