Basically our days went like this:
Morning: Wake up | take 10 minute metro into city centre | Find delicious breakfast & coffee
Afternoon: Acquire some lunch somewhere | Walk another 10 miles around the city taking in the sites | Sit and sip drinks by the canal while soaking in the sun | eat second lunch
Evening: Find some special place for dinner | Eat pre-dinner snack before going to said special place | Walk around the city for a few more miles & take in some markets | Drag our tired feet home to bed
So, in case you didn't read all that, basically eat and walk and eat and walk and eat some more. Throw in a few touristy things like renting bikes, trips to the park, and a visit to a few museums and that was our trip. All in all, it was incredible. Just the rejuvenation we both needed!
We flew in around 11am and then took the train to our flat we were renting from AirBnb. Have you ever heard of AirBnb.com? It's amazing and you should definitely try it out for your next trip. They have hundreds of different places to stay in hundreds of different cities. It really allows you to live like the locals do!
After dropping our stuff off we jumped back on the metro (which was SUPER easy to use, even though none of it's in English!) and headed back to the city centre to explore.
We went to visit Anne Frank's house in the morning. It was quite incredible and very moving to see the actual space where she wrote her famous diary. They even had parts of it on exhibit. I would have loved to snap some pictures of it but given its tiresome state we weren't allowed.
Something that did stick with me though was the absolute darkness of the rooms. I have read her book several times but never did I get the same impression as I did when I walked into that dark and cool room. I think, in my head, I always imagined when she said "drapes" that she meant thin cloth blinds. But this was the furthest from what it actually was. Basically imagine if they had boarded up all the windows with thick oak logs and that's how dark this room was, all the time.
While the weather was nice most of the time, we did get a bit of rain. And unlike Edinburgh's sprinkles, it poured and poured rain in Amsterdam for about an hour straight. We loved it!
There are bikes everywhere in this picture! Look up to the left top and you will see even more bikes in their own type of parking garage!
And everyone rides them! Some bikes have a seat on the front for a small child, then the regular bike seat for the adult, and then another seat on the back for another child! Also they have a lot of these cool things called Bakfiets where you basically push your kids in a trailer in front of you. Ingenious, I tell you!
I realize this post is getting kind of long so if you want to check out our pictures from Day 3 & 4 with Rembrandt's house and us going on an awesome biking adventure to Vondelpark then go here. Pin It