Out & About in Amsterdam

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T.W.O. continues their trip exploring Amsterdam.  Check out how we filled our Dutch days with fun activities….

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Flower Market

This is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam – in all seasons. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too. In December the market also sells Christmas trees.

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Amsterdam Bike Tour

If you haven’t already noticed, T.W.O. likes to take in cities as the locals do so we decided to be Dutch for the day and rent bikes.  We rented from Green Budget Bikes which was near our apartment.  The rates were reasonable and the staff was very helpful showing us the best spots to see.  We rode the perimeter of the city through the Vondelpark, passed the Heineken Experience and to the Brouwerij ‘t IJ Windmill Brewery. Its the perfect stop to grab a beer halfway through your ride.  After we went towards Central Station where were spotted the second ‘I Amsterdam sign’.  Riding bikes through the city was a must do and we can’t wait to do it again.  Please note – riding bikes can be a little nerve racking especially if you are not comfortable on a bike.  You share the lane with vespas and have to dodge other bicyclists.  That didn’t stop us though, it was a fun adventure!!

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Rijksmuseum

Though we enjoyed the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijks Museum was our favorite Museum in Amsterdam.  It’s a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is spacious and has various types of art from antique furniture to war cannons to the famous  painting by Rembrandt Night Watch.  Get your tickets HERE and you will be able to walk right in without waiting in the ticket line.  Note – photography is permitted.image image

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Canal Tour on The Tourist

The last night of our stay in Amsterdam, we stayed at the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam.  It is a beautiful  hotel in the Jordaan area right on the canal.  We loved staying here and maybe part of it was that one of our favorite films was located in this hotel…Oceans 12 or maybe it was because we had an amazing night on The Tourist!!! Its the same boat that has toured Winston Churchill through the canals along with the Queen.  T.W.O. suggests taking this tour at night so you can appreciate all the lights on the canals and buildings.  We were lucky too since we were there during the Festival of Lights.  There were different parts of the city that had ‘exhibit’s.  Check them out below…

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IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN  SHARING AN AMAZING TRIP WITH YOUR SISTER!
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Taylor Bay + Bugaloos

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Taylor Bay

We took an excursion to Chalk Sound for the day and visited Taylor Bay.  It’s a secluded beach with white powdery sand and beautiful blue waters.  You can walk about a quarter mile out with the water only going up to your knees.  Definetly bring your snorkels, there are fish, coral and maybe even a turtle or two that you will find  further out.  We also, well mostly our brother, decided to make a spa day out of our visit too.  Taylor bay has great “clay sand” to exfoliate your skin.  The Caribbean version of the Dead Sea according to our brother!  This beach is a little tricky to find and don’t expect a parking lot.  After making  a left on Ocean Point Drive, we turned into a residential area.  Not seeing any signs we asked a local and he directed us to a path that looked like it didn’t go anywhere.  Well it did – and once we walked down the path and turned the bend we were all in pure awe.  Taylor Bay is a MUST when visiting Turks & Caicos.

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Bugaloo’s

Located in Five Cays Settlement, this beach side restaurant was the perfect lunch spot! Great views, friendly people, fantastic food and drinks!  It was the first place on our trip where we ordered conch.  Conch Salad, Coconut Conch Fritters, Conch Sandwich –  –  – we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it! It wasn’t our last time ordering it, that’s for sure!  The Provo Punch was a great drink for this hot and humid afternoon – it’s a blended drink with tropical fruit.  If you really want to make it a good, good lunch – – ask for a topper!!!  After lunch we headed down to the beach and picked up two conches to take back home.  The conch diver showed us the art in catching conch and removing the mollusk out of the shell.  It was amazing to see these beautiful shells just lying on the beach.  Won’t find these in California, that’s for sure!!!

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And we made a pit stop for ice cream at…..

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