Today was the last day of the Amsterdam leg of my journey. The day started out splendidly. The ticket machine at the train station finally accepted my credit card, so I did not have to wait in the long line to buy ticket to Apeldoorn. The train ride went well, I had a nice compartment to myself, but things started downhill from there. The bus did not let me out at the stop I needed (and I did push the Stop button! it even flashed "Stop requested") but the next one instead, so I had to walk even further. It was all in the shade, though. and the houses were interesting, so it was not bad. Then I walked through the beautiful old park towards the palace. I think they aren't very used to tourists at either Het Loo itself or Apeldoorn. Many people barely spoke English and seemed genuinely surprised to see me. I loved the palace - I knew very little about the Oranjes, and I learned quite a bit. But then again, few people like history of monarchies and dinasties as much as I do. The garden is underwhelming, but well compensated for by the park surrounding the grounds.)
After Apeldoorn I decided to make a stop in Amersfoort since I would need to change trains there anyway or wait 50 minutes for a direct one. The old part of town is really charming, but I missed the climb to the old church tower by just three minutes... That was also the only place I saw the herring served, but I wanted to get back to Amsterdadem early in order to see the torture museum. However, it was so hot and humid, that I decided I needed a shower first. And then I wanted to relax a little in the cool room, and started to read a book on this very PDA... Ended up feeling too lazy and not going anywhere.