When: May 2015
Why: Visit family & it’s an awesome city!
This was our second visit to Amsterdam and it was awesome. You probably expect this post to be filled with we went to this art museum, saw Anne Frank’s rooms, went to this art gallery, etc etc. Sorry to disappoint but we didn’t do any of those things.
When we travel to cities we like to just look around, especially when we go somewhere that we know we will be returning to (my brother lives in Amsterdam). There are so many beautiful streets, old cafes, diverse shops, and unique buildings that you can just wander around all day. We happen upon things and decide to do them or not at that time.
We are not planners of activities like I have said above but when visiting Amsterdam there is one exception for us and that is the apple pie. This is not just any apple pie, this is mouth-watering, soul-satisfying deep dish apple pie with whipped cream on the side. You just have to have it. Our first morning, we were up uncharacteristically early and out the door headed straight for our favourite pie joint, Papeneiland (click here for map!).
We spent two afternoons in Vondelpark, central and popular, this is a great place to go to people watch, bird watch (herons and parakeets), bbq, drink, smoke, sunbathe, walk your pooch, whatever. We people watched and then barbecued on the second afternoon. I made a special friend who sat next to me for a little while talking a load of oddness, then before he left he very kindly let me know that I had a good sweat foot a number of times. Brilliant.
We visited the nine streets which is an area of Amsterdam filled with small shops filled with lovely things from fashion boutiques and jewellery to odd small curiosities and unique home wares. There are plenty of places to stop and have a coffee, smoothie, cake, or a scrummy dinner. We dined at Nooch on yummy hot packets of delight (dim sum), sushi, and gorgeous black sesame seed ice cream.
One evening as a surprise treat my brother took us to Nomads, a Moroccan restaurant with the most amazing food, we had the deluxe menu consisting of three courses of delicious and moorish food, safe to say we all left with food babies, a bit of a sweat and in a bit of daze but it was well worth it!
We stay with my brother and his girlfriend on our visits (which is awesome) in their beautiful apartment, it is so nice that we don’t always want to go out. So Saturday we spent the afternoon painting canvases with them to put up around their home.
Sunday morning/departure day we were treated to homemade pancakes with an amazing array of toppings to choose from including home candied pecans!
We jumped (hauled our heavy suitcases) onto a tram to central station, where we got a train to the airport, its cheap and really easy to get from Amsterdam to the airport, the trains run regularly and announced in English which is always helpful! From Amsterdam we made our way to Vienna for our next adventure!