TRAVEL DIARIES – AMSTERDAM

It’s finally the time to pack up my bags and fly off on another adventure. This time, we’re heading to Amsterdam.

Day One:

Our first day in Amsterdam was a big one. It took us over an hour to walk to the centre and after waking up at 2 in the morning, we were not happy about this. The first thing I did when we got there was to find a canal and take a picture, because you haven’t been to Amsterdam if you haven’t had a canal picture. Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. There are three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht. They were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age.

Afterwards, we had a walk around and decided to look around the Sex Museum – The Temple of Venus. I found it very interesting walking around and seeing how different things were in the past. We walked around and saw a full sized wax figure of Mata Hari with her male partners and Marilyn Monroe, obviously with the air being constantly pumped under the actresses skirt. The Sex Museum throughout more than 20 years of existence, not only managed to collect many hundreds of interesting pieces of art, unique objects and rare old photographs, but avoiding bluntness of pornography managed to bring them together in an organised and interesting way.

One we finished at the sex museum, we took a ferry over to the Buiksloterweg where we went to the A’DAM Lookout and saw the most amazing view. We went to the top of the 22-story A’DAM Tower (A’DAM Toren) and went to the observation deck where you can enjoy the views of the amazing historical centre, the pulsating port, the unique Dutch landscapes and the famous Amsterdam canals.

The most amazing part of the day was being able to go on the swing at the top of the building. ‘Over The Edge’ is Europe’s highest swing on A’DAM’s sky deck. You swing 100 meters high, back and forth over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam below your feet.

Day Two:

On our second day, we were exploring the different streets and came across Manneken Pis which is apparently the best fries in all of Holland. So of course we had to try them. I had mine with barbecue sauce while Liam had his with ketchup. I got a medium which was a bad decision as I didn’t realise how much could fit into a medium sized cup. THERE WERE LOADS.

Afterwards, we continued to stroll through Amsterdam Central taking in all the beauty.

We then started heading towards the I Amsterdam sign and we obviously had to get some pictures. The I Amsterdam sign is located at the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein. The large I Amsterdam slogan quickly became a city icon and a much sought-after photo opportunity. At more than two meters tall, the slogan measures over 23.5 meters wide.

I never realised how busy it would be there. The amount of people trying to climb on top of the letters to get the best picture was astounding. There was no way I was going to even attempt trying to climb on a letter so I chose the easiest place to sit. One finished there, we stopped by a local market stall to grab some food before we headed into the Van Gogh museum.

We weren’t allowed to take any pictures while in the Van Gogh museum but it was amazing to walk around and see his original work and learn more about Van Gogh as an artist. The Van Gogh museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The museum opened on 2nd June 1973. The museum’s collection is the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world. Once finished, we headed back to our room to freshen up and go out for dinner. We ended up going to a restaurant called CAU which was lovely. Liam had a Caesar salad while I had a barbecue burger.

After dinner, we took a walk through the red light district. It was strange to see how normal it was. It’s something that I’m not used to being from England. Everyone seems so accustomed to that lifestyle. A red light district, or pleasure district is part of an urban area where a concentration of prostitution and sex-oriented businesses, such as sex shops, strip clubs and adult theatres are found. The term red light district originates from the red lights that were used as signs of brothels.

Day Three:

It’s our third day and it’s a miserable one. It has been raining constantly all day. We had to take a trip to our local shop to buy some umbrellas as we didn’t expect there to be rain. But, because of the rain we stopped by a cafe and had some brunch.

Liam had a ham, cheese and spring onion omelette while I had some French toast with fresh strawberries. It was definitely needed after a morning of walking in the rain. Once finished, we risked the rain again to have a walk around the shops. As there is so many canals, we stopped by one to take some pictures.

I enjoyed dancing around with my umbrella. BIG shoutout to Liam for standing in the middle of the road to take these pictures! We then decided that the rain was getting too much so we went back to the hotel and chilled before going out for mini golf later that afternoon.

Glow in the dark mini golf was amazing and was so cool to play. I obviously won.

We then went back to the room to quickly get changed ready for date night at our hotel skybar. We both had soup to start and then the main we had was steak which was delicious.

It was so lovely sitting in the skybar and just watching the world go by.

Day Four:

Our last full day in Amsterdam. We started our day the best way you could, with pancakes. We went to MOOK Pancakes and I had strawberries, bananas, blueberries and coconut shavings with maple syrup while Liam had his with cheese, bacon and onion.

We explored downstairs of the MOOK Pancake cafe and they had a very instagramable lounge area which I obviously had to get a picture of.

We then strolled through the streets until it was time for our last activity of our trip. The Amsterdam Ice Bar.

The ice bar was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend to anyone who is traveling to Amsterdam as it is the “coolest” hangout in town. The ice bar keeps it warm by kitting you out in parkas, so you can comfortably relax and sip drinks in the all-ice venue. You step into a chilling -10 degrees bar where 60 tonnes of ice has been used to create everything from the furniture to the walls, art and even the glasses.

Day Five:

Our last day here in Amsterdam and unfortunately it’s just a travelling day. Our flight is at 14:45 and our driver is picking us up at 11:56. We had a quick 20 minute drive to the airport and sped our way through security to have a McDonalds treat just before our flight. It was so worth it.

It’s time to finally say goodbye to Amsterdam and the amazing experiences we have made. We created so many memories that we will both cherish forever. It’s now time to head home, make a cup of tea and proceed to spend the whole weekend filling in my scrapbook with the amazing things we have done over the past five days.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Until next time.

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