The weekend after Jennie visited us, Dan and I jetted off to Amsterdam with our friends, Chris and Elise. I’ve never been before so I couldn’t wait, and I was not disappointed.
We flew out from Southampton Airport bright and early, it’s only about 45 minutes to an hour away from us, but we have to catch a 6 am flight. The flight was only about 50 minutes long, I thought it was too quick as I could have used a snooze on the plane! We met up with Chris and Elise at Schipol Airport and took the train into the city.
The only downside of the whole trip was that it rained quite a lot. It would drizzle for about and hour, really heavily downpour and the you’d get about 15 minutes of beautiful sunshine to lull you into a false sense of security until it started raining again. The city is so beautiful, it would have been nice to spend more time wandering around, but it just means we’ll have to go again sometime! 🙂
We went on a canal boat ride in the afternoon that went past 100 different landmarks (I didn’t count so can’t be sure). The houses lined up on the canals are hilarious because they tilt in every direction.
They all have hoisting beams at the top because they have so many floors and the stairs are too narrow, you have to get all your furniture in through the windows.
One evening while we were trying to find a place to eat, Elise spotted a place called Maxim Piano Bar, they didn’t open until 9, but looked very intriguing so we ended up going back later. And it was an absolute find, we spent our last night there as well. They had a piano up front and the coasters were request forms, the two players we saw were really good and the bar staff was hilarious. As you can see, we really enjoyed ourselves there…
We went to the Red Light District one evening, had huge pints at a bar called Ziggy’s and had a look at the windows. It was bit strange, even stranger to see families walking around with their kids. Still a really beautiful part of Amsterdam though.
The next day, Dan and I had breakfast at a little organic cafe. Our hotel was in the museum quarter and seemed to be in a very posh crunchy granola part of Amsterdam. The food there was amazing, they had this Belgian biscuit spread that was toffee flavored, could have eaten it straight out of the jar. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring any back because we just had hand luggage. But here is Dan enjoying his first cup of English tea, it was exceptionally hard to find, but now we know Dan must always travel with his PG Tips.
Unfortunately, it really started raining. Dan and I had to take shelter under a bridge until we just decided to brave it and make a run for it. We had to go back to the hotel and employ the hair dryer.
After we had dried out a bit, we met up with Chris and Elise and went to the Flower Market, we also visited various cheese shops and loaded up on samples and played around in a hammock store (amazing!). And because it was still raining, we went to a Medieval Torture museum, which was interesting and horrifying.