I have so many amazing memories from Amsterdam. Like Lucy and I running in the rain in search of the smallest bar in Amsterdam (Cafe de Dam- highly recommended), and of course getting lost because we didn’t want to use our phones in the rain! Or seeing Vance Joy and dancing the night away. There is so much to love in this quirky and colourful city, so long as you don’t get run over by a cyclist that is! (seriously, watch out for the cyclists, they own the streets and don’t stop for anyone!)
On of my happiest memories of my big Europe trip in 2014 was our last night in Berlin. We had an extremely early flight from Berlin to Amsterdam so Lucy and I came up with the genius idea not to go to bed. We stayed up in the hostel kitchen with wine, cheese (and various other German treats), enjoying a a Parks and Recreation marathon, chatting about all the incredible experiences we hah had so far. As much fun as it was by the time we landed in Amsterdam I was ready for a BIG nap!
I fell in love with this city the minute we stepped out of the train station. It oozes charm, history and has a lovely quirky feel to it. Amsterdam is city of colour and art. My instant love of this city made me determined to discover the best it has to offer- I think I did very well considering the limited time I had.
The best way to ‘discover’ Amsterdam is to walk along the canals and streets, popping into cafes and boutiques that draw you in. The ‘Nine Small Streets’ of the canal district is a a great area to go shopping as it offers everything you could want on a shopping day- a great location, a wide variety of shops and plenty of cafes and bars where you can recharge before heading to more shops! Another great neighbourhood is the Jordaan area. Jordaan is full of history, culture and soul. Markets are held here on the weekends and many of the main sites can be found here.
Amsterdam has no storage of museums and galleries, the highlights of which can be found be found in the Museum Quarter. The Museum Quarter houses the Rijksmuesum (National Museum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum. As always there was not enough time to see all three museums, but I did spend an incredible evening at the Van Gogh Museum. Every Friday night the Museum is open until 10pm and features a different program whether it be a DJ or some sort of live performance. It definitely added a little something special to the night!
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Anne Frank Museum. The Diary of Anne Frank is my mother’s favourite book and as such I grew up with it. I had a very strong emotional reaction when we were in the Secret Annex. It was an extraordinary experience.