Amsterdam: A Trip to Remember

Amsterdam is a wonderful little place with its delightful canals, cosy cafes and charming streets filled with classic town bikes. The atmosphere of the city is peaceful and relaxing  with art and inspiration around every corner. It is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

DAY ONE

We explored the local area of Jordaan, where our Airbnb was, met some other tourists – (who just so happened to be from the same city that we were from) on our walk home and ended the night in a local pub with a pint of Amstel beer!

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Up in the Air (Goodbye England).

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Touch down in Amsterdam.

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Waters overlooking the iconic Eye.

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Tourists Gather: The hustle and bustle of lively Amsterdam streets.

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The First Meal: Lasagne and seafood pizza.

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Following the lights home. 

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An illuminated Amsterdam.

DAY TWO

We visited Stedelijk modern art museum and Van Gough museum at Museumplein (museum quarter) and tried the specialities of the local food stalls.

Starting the day off with The Glow, a freshly pressed juice made from pineapple, strawberry, beetroot and ginger. “Let today be the day of health and energy“— The Cold Pressed Juicery.

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Amazing, beautiful glitter giant macarons.

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A cafe, Jordaan.

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A Typical Amsterdam Street.

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Glassbottle Canal Boat House.

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Canals, Bikes, Bikes Everywhere.

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I amsterdam.

Clockwork, as if by magic.

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Weird and Wonderful creations of Jean Tinguely.

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The World of an Engineer, an Artist (Tinguely). 

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Dutch decor.

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Folding Heart: New Art at Stedelijk

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De Stikl: The Universe and The Personal There is an old and new consciousness of time. The old is connected with the individual. The new is connected with the universal. Theo van Doesburg, De Stijl, 2 (1918).

Weird and wonderful art: An alien on a skateboard, Throne on a skateboard

Stedelijk and Me.

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Warhol’s Classic Pop Art

Fresh Catch

Frietwinkel fries, courtesy of my sister

The Tasty Trio: BBQ glazed pork ribs, spicy chicken sandwich and sweet potato skin

Scandinavian Living: Home, Furniture and Clothing

A Furry Feline Friend (The Dutch love their cats)

Day Three

Back to Museumplein to visit Moco museum; home to the Laugh Now exhibition, by acclaimed, street-art, graffiti artist Banksy from my hometown Bristol, and brilliant and obscure works of Dali. Later we visited Anne Frank Huis, Anne Frank’s house where she wrote her diary entries of A Diary of a Young Girl when her family were in hiding, and now  – dedicated museum to honour and commemorate her life story.

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Outside Moco: Home to Banksy and Dali’s works

Aurora Elephant, Dali.

Think and You Will Become, a quote by Dali.

Perfection

Melting Clock Sculpture, as seen in The Persistence of Memory, Dali 1931.

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Mae West Lips Sofa, Dali.

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Wisdom of Banksy

Banksy’s Cardinal Sin

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Banksy: where the clever satirical with often political themes meets street art.

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Home Sweet Home?

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Battle of the Beanfield: When police prevented the Peace Convoy convoy of hundreds of New Age Travellers) from setting up the 1985 Stonehenge Free Festival in Wiltshire, England. There were violent attacks from police force on the unarmed travellers and the largest arrest of England of 537 travellers since WWII.

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A Diversion

SWAT van, Banksy

The queue of anticipated tourists outside the Anne Frank Huis.

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Dutch pancakes and a pint of Amstel

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Climbing to the top of Doubletree, Hilton Hotel 10th floor, dragging my sister with me, feeling like imposters as we ask the concierge to open the door to the outside terrace with a view – my hair wet and soggy from the wind and rain, all for a panoramic view of a foggy, gray Amsterdam (it was worth it though)

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Saying Goodbye to Amsterdam with an unforgettable view of The iconic Eye.

Amsterdam: an amazing, unforgettable adventure of a time – until next time!
 

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