24.8.15

Travel: Amsterdam

Recently I went on a trip to Amsterdam for three days with some of my best friends. It was such a vibrant and interesting city bursting with things to do and explore so I thought I'd write a post about what we got up to in the city...
Hotel 
 The Savoy Amsterdam
This hotel was situated in the Business district in Amsterdam and was a ten minute journey to Dam square (the centre of the city). The hotel itself was lovely and had bicycles to hire and beautiful spacious rooms, I would definitely recommend it.
Food
There were some lovely eateries in Amsterdam and one of them was Pasta Pasta, a funky (did I really just say funky?!) pasta restaurant that we ate at on the first night with mix and match pasta combos - you cant ever go wrong with pasta. We had a lovely brunch at Sara's Pancake House, which had a huge array of pancakes and waffles, I had a cherry, whipped cream and kirsch waffle which was amazing and as you can see Amy was delighted with her banana and nutella pancake...

We also stumbled across a FroYo shop and me being the typical white girl that I am dragged everyone else in for a sweet treat - heaven.
There were also a fair few macaron shops so we bought a few of those to share but unfortunately the ones we chose weren't the nicest - still pretty though.
We also stumbled across a Magnum shop where we could customise our own Magnums, I opted for praline, cornflowers and freeze dried raspberry - delicious. 
The Ice bar was also a great experience with the whole bar, tables, seats, glasses, celings and walls being made from ice, I would 100% recommend a visit.
Museums
I wanted to go to the Anne Frank house so badly but the queue was around 5 hours long so I'd recommend booking or going very early in the morning if you want to visit.
The Vincent VanGogh museum was well worth a visit, even though theres an hour long queue. There are some beautiful paintings of his such as The Sunflowers and Almond Blossom as well as works by those who inspired him and other works by the Impressionists. The only thing I disliked about this museum is that the didn't have my favourite painting from VanGogh, Starry night.
The Rijks museum was huge and had some beautiful surroundings, set in a gorgeous garden, where I managed to get a homemade pink lemonade which was FAB. 
There was a fashion exhibit on whilst I was there which was right up my street, and showcased some beautiful garments, as well as this one room had various different dolls houses from different time periods - which I found fascinating.
The Rijks museum is also where you'll find the famous Iamsterdam sign, which is always good for a photo op...
And of course when your in Amsterdam you cant pass up on the Erotic museum! Nestled in the heart of The Red Light district it was an interesting little museum but Im not sure I'd return! But its worth it for the shock value and a bit of an immature giggle with your friends. Que hilarious saucy pic with Amy...
Places
Vondelpark was lovely to sit and chill for a while, theres a lovely vibe with people cycling and rollerblading or having bbq's, its also very beautiful so worth a visit.
The Red Light District was really interesting if a little bit strange, I couldn't help feel a little bit awkward walking past women offering themselves for sale. The highlight of the Red Light District was the Condomerie, where they sell decorated, or animal shaped joke condoms which was hilarious and made great souvenirs! 
Heres a few extra pictures of the stunning scenery around Amsterdam.


Thanks for reading,
Annabelle X

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