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….

Video Highlights: HERE

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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LONDON -> AMS

From London to Amsterdam we go!. You can’t go around it, got to go through it….Yes indeed our train took us underneath the English Channel to France and then to Brussels  on EuroStar and then changed trains (Thalys) to get to our final destination.  (No need to book tickets separately…the EuroStar site does it for you.) The train ride was great – we enjoyed the countryside and our cabin company for a total ride of 4 hours.  The 21 minutes underneath the English Channel wasn’t a big deal…a couple ear pops and loss of cell phone reception and we made it to the other side! In typical T.W.O. fashion… we brought snacks for the train ride – sandwiches + salads + rosé!

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We arrived to Amsterdam on New Years Eve.  After checking in at our Airbnb apartment, we walked around before we got ready for the big night.  We stumbled upon a cheese shop and a bakery that sold oliebollens (delicious round doughnuts coated with icing sugar) and ‘appelflappen’ (tasty apple fritters). And they sure were good-good-good!!  After cruising a couple of The Nine Streets we headed home to get ready for our NYE out! We had dinner (will discuss in  Amsterdam Eats post) and then headed to a local pub where we watched the fireworks. Oh and ‘minor’ detail….Trigere did the NYE countdown for the entire audience present in the pub! haha.. IN ENGLISH!! Needless to say we danced the night away and had fun with our new Dutch Friends.

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Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a must see in Amsterdam….get your tickets before hand though.  The lines are long and not worth it if you don’t get your tickets HERE.  Arrive on time and you will be let in a side door where you can immediately start your tour.  It’s a very interesting tour about Anne and her family during 1925-1947.  Being in the same house that was their hideout was pretty incredible and unnerving at the same time.  This is a MUST see while in Amsterdam. Please note – there is no photography allowed in the museum.

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Van Gogh …the post-Impressionist Dutch painter whose work was notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty who was a big part of 20th century art. While in Amsterdam we had to stop in the Van Gogh Museum which houses the most prestigious paintings and drawings from Vincent along with his artist friends.  Before you go, make sure to get your tickets HERE, so you avoid the long lines.  After visiting the museum you can take pictures in front of one of the three “I amsterdam” sign.  (Pictures were not allowed in this museum, expect for designated areas.)image

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VondelPark

The VondelPark is the Central Park of Amsterdam.  Its where people have picnics, take walks, ride bikes, run and kick a soccer ball around.  We enjoyed strolling around this park after a couple hours in the museum.  Take note of the lost and founds that are around the park…you never know what you are going to see hanging on them!

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Canal Walks

T.W.O. enjoyed walking around The Nine Streets popping into stores and pubs occasionally.  The Nine Streets is home to many restaurants, pubs, cafes and boutiques.  It was the area we stayed and would suggest staying here to any one….Jordaan region.   There is no place in this city that has a bad view.image

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Tot ziens,

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