Sunday, 11 October 2015

I Amsterdam

In the Autumn of last year my sister and I had a few days free so we decided to head to the Netherlands to see what Amsterdam had to offer. Turns out it's a lot.

We landed early in the morning and set off to our beautiful hotel, Hotel V Frederiksplein, to dump our bags and head out to explore. We found a little cafe called 'De Bakkerswinkel (insert childish chuckle here) and stopped for chai teas and a HUGE slice of the most delicious appeltaart.






Feeling full of warm milky drinks and perfectly spiced baked goods we went in search of some culture. However, we got distracted by the gorgeous shops around 'The 9 Streets'. Tiny boutique shops selling beautiful little things from hand painted bowls, soap, leather bags and beautiful jewellery. After doing a little bit of holiday spending we assured ourselves our next stop would be culture... 





However we found 'Vlaams Friteshuis'. Now I don't want to sound all dramatic but they were basically the best chips ever. They sell paper cones of triple fried Belgian fries smothered in one of their 25 sauces. They've been doing this since 1957 so they are clearly doing something very right!




We had a mooch around the city and pottered in and out of a few bookshops before heading back to the hotel to prepare ourselves for dinner. Earlier in the day we had walked past a restaurant by our hotel and it was rammed so we thought we better head back for an early dinner to make sure we got a seat. It did not disappoint. 'Van Kerkwilk' served us up one of the best dinners I have ever had. (It's pretty dark and atmospheric inside so regrettably I didn't take any good pictures but just take my word for it, it was FANTASTIC!) We ate more than we should have then had a very good nights sleep ready for slightly less food and a lot more culture the next day!



After a very early start and a very large breakfast we headed over to Anne Franks house to join the queue to get in when it opened. I don't have any pictures as there are some places that you will never need a visual reminder of and this was one of them. The whole experience was very humbling and a fascinating insight into what life was like for the Frank family and so many others like them. 

We wondered over to the market and ate poffertjies (little fluffy pancakes) and stroopwafel (caramel goodness in a chewy wafer sandwich) before roaming around the grounds of the Rijksmuseum and spending a long time trying to get a picture of the "I Amsterdam' sign!










We had planned to walk back to the centre of town but decided to take a boat tour around the canals, which is something I would definitely recommend doing. It was a little cold but we were well wrapped up and the boat provided us with big fleece blankets. Our guide, Pouw, was fantastic and told us everything you could want to know about the city. 




We finished our last evening off with a delicious tapas dinner and then walked back to our wonderful hotel to sleep before our early fight back to London. 



A bit of a picture heavy post but it's just such a photogenic city it's hard to put your camera down. With regular flights from all over the UK I urge you to get yourself to Amsterdam as soon as you can. Just be prepared to eat a LOT of very yummy food!

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  1. I want to go there so badly, its on my list of places to go. Lovely post xxx
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    1. Oh thank you so much, it's such a lovely place for a few days. Sneak yourself away sometime! x

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  2. That apple tart looks gorgeous (now I'm hungry!). Actually all the food sounds great. My sister went to Amsterdam and actually did some very similar things to you! It actually seems like everyone is going nowadays - perhaps it's about time I go? haha

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    1. Oh amazing, great minds clearly! I definitely think it is time for you to go, I reckon it must be crazy beautiful in Winter. And the food, oh the food!

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  3. All that food looks so amazing, Looks like you guys had a great time, I'd love to go to Amsterdam one day, I will defintly be having a boat tour :)
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    1. Oh the boat tour was fab! Our guide took us to 'the bench from the Fault in Our Stars' and I was the only one who had seen the film and even I didn't care that much, poor guy! Such a gorgeous place.

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    2. So glad I stumbled on this post - I'm currently planning a trip to Amsterdam and this has wet my appetite even further. Thank you!

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    3. Oh good! You will love it, leave room for LOTS of food!

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  4. Nice! Can't wait to get there and be able to take great pictures of this city, it sure is very photogenic!

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    1. It really is, take lots of memory cards! And so many pretty bikes and shops to lust over!

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  5. Amsterdam looks amazing and it's on my wish list of places to visit! Those little tiny pancakes are adorable!!
    XO Lottie
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    1. Not just adorable Lottie, bloomin' delicious too! x

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