Last week I packed my bags and took the short flight to Amsterdam. Yes, I know what your thinking… famous for drink, drugs and the infamous red light district. But in fact there’s so much more than that…
The canal, the architecture and the flowers are some sights that you truly can only get in Amsterdam.
When you think Amsterdam, one of the first things you think of is the canal. I had seen the canal in many Instagram posts and holiday snaps but pictures really do not do it justice. It is so beautiful. Pretty Much wherever you go you can be near the canal, which is great, as no two parts of the canal look the same. This picture was taken in a little restaurant called ‘de Belhamel’ restaurant. Which is right along the canal edge.
I was absolutely blown away by the canal in the daylight, and the best was yet to come. When the canal is lit up at night it is just something else beautiful.
Things to do:
My trip was only 4 days this time, and i’m not going to lie I was not that organised and did not plan my days before I left. This meant that a lot of the things such as the Van Gogh Museum, and sex museum will have to wait for my next visit. However, I did get up to some amazing things.
My personal favorite was definitely the Kuekenhof tulip gardens. We were lucky as the weekend we went to Amsterdam was in fact the last weekend of the season for Kuekenhof.
Everything in Keukenhof was just so pretty, and obviously it makes for great pictures. When you hear tulip gardens you may think it is quite boring and only give yourself a couple of hours, but I happily walked round the tranquility for an entire day and could still have spent more time there.
Obviously it makes for amazing pictures too. Make sure that you walk round the entire place as there are some places you are not going to want to miss. For example, you will not want to miss the windmill ( I mean what is more dutch than that).
On this trip we also did the eyefilm museum which was amazing. If only for the architecture of the actual building.
We also made our way to the Rijksmuseum. This was amazing, and really added an element of educational culture to the visit.
Lastly of course we visited the infamous IAmsterdam sign. Now, i’m not going to say this was a disappointment because nothing on this trip was a disappointment however, for being such a majorly talked about tourist “attraction” there is not much to see. I know what your thinking what did I expect it is just a sign, and I know that but you can’t even take a good picture because of the amount of tourists around, myself included. This was the best I got…
Not to sound like a broken record but the food was also absolutely amazing. On the first night we went to Blue Amsterdam. This is a restaurant that has a panoramic view of Amsterdam which is breathtaking. Also the coffee is pretty damn good if I do say so myself.
The rest of the trip we ate in some lovely places, and I honestly cannot fault any of the food. It was all delicious. We ate at ‘de Belhamel’ restaurant, and Riva cafe restaurant.
Also You will not want to miss out on the pancakes. They are to die for… we stopped at a little pancake cafe called ‘pancakes amsterdam’ and they were absolutely amazing, and again I needed my caffeine hit to coffee again.
The Public Transport:
A quick mention on the public transport. It’s amazing! The use of trains, trams and buses is incredible. Everything runs on time and we did not have any problems where e were waiting around for transport. Absolutely incredible!
Overall, I loved my trip and am really looking forward to going back in July. I do feel that next time I will be slightly more organised so I can go to many other places that Amsterdam has to offer. For example, the Van Gogh Museum, Sex Museum, Canal Boat tour but I had a great time and know some amazing places for next time.