Amsterdam was awesome. There are no other words for it. Just freaking awesome!
The obvious debauchery aside, there is a lot more to the Dam than you would have ever thought. It is simply picturesque! C, a die hard Scot, even remarked at one point, ‘I think this might even be more beautiful than Edinburgh’, which shocked all of us to our very core. (You can read about our Scottish adventures here, here and here).
I have posted a few of my snaps below – all taken on my trusty iPhone. I really need to get a new DSLR – any recommendations from pro-photographers?
Topsy turvy houses!
Smallest house in Amsterdam!
We stayed on a houseboat which as you can see from our beaming faces below, was fab. They are moored a 5 minute walk from Central Station and 10 minutes from the Red Light District. Book them here and if you’re not convinced by me, read the reviews here.
Traditional food is ‘bitterballen’, little deep fried balls filled with cheesy, meaty, potato-y goo. Okay, I am not describing them very well, but I promise you, they are nice!
Three Bloody Mary’s and one chocolate milk…
The food generally is pretty good, there are lots of sweet things: stroop waffles, poffetjes (traditional dutch pancakes) and the best Apple Pie ever – if you ever venture to Amsterdam, please make sure you have a trip to Winkel’s!
BUFFET von Odette was recommended to us for Brunch and it was wicked (get the truffle cheese omelette – take that hangover!).
Bloody Mary’s are the best way to cure any hangover!
Make sure you book Anne Franks House or prepare to stand in a veeeeryyyyy long line and the Museums are worth a trip (Van Gogh, Matisse etc etc). We made a trip to ‘Foodhallen’, Amsterdam’s version of Borough Market – thanks for insisting we went A! It is set in an old warehouse where disused Trams used to be stores and has lots of food stalls and bars. I would particularly recommend the Gin and Tonic Bar – don’t worry, we sampled majority of them for you and it resulted in 5 very happy, if not merry girls!
Amsterdam used to be the wealthiest city in the world – it is built over a formation of canals that ensured its place as a vital trading hub. The best way to explore is to hit the streets and dander around – you come across so many cool little spots completely by accident.Make sure you take comfy shoes! My converses did the job perfectly.
Amsterdam might have been one of the best city breaks I have ever been on and what made it so good was the lovely bunch of birds I went with. You can get pretty cheap flights if you book far in advance and all i can say, is go go go! And remember, what happens in the Dam, stays in the Dam!
Obvious trip to the Sex Museum… best 5€ spent.