May 21st, 2017
A quick holiday with Emma.
Back in December we planned this trip, of just two full days, in Amsterdam.
I vlogged the whole thing, and completely forgot to snap photos, but here are some screenshots while the video uploads on Youtube.
If you are looking for something young and unique, The Student Hotel has an amazing decor taste, is pretty artsy and fun. Both Emma and I loved it!
It was a bit pricey, and not in the centre, but it was worth it, as it was so quirky and had the metro right next to it, making moving around quite easy.
We landed in the late afternoon, and so we adventured into the centre, looking for a restaurant where to dine. We settled for a nice Italian place in Rembrandt Square.
I loved how pretty every building is in Amsterdam, and how – at night – the lights reflect onto the canals, making the place seem so magical.
Anywhere you look, there is something pretty.
On our first day there, we attempted to enter Anne Frank’s house. Unfortunately, we did not quite realise how much line there was going to be, so we were okay with just looking at it from the outside.
The taller building, with the light above, is the one.
The weather that day was 29*C – which I was definitely not expecting, considering the weather forecast said it was going to be cold and rainy – so queueing up was not an option.
Instead we went to the Museum of Fluorescent Art, nearby.
That was a real experience! The museum consisted on an installation, in the basement of a small shop.
The owners were lovely, and showed us everything they have collected so far.
It’s small, but fun and very different from anything I’ve ever seen, so it was worth checking out for sure!
At night we wandered around the Red Light District: it was surprisingly pretty – not dangerous or sketchy as I would have imagined – if you keep an open mind.
The smell of alcohol and drugs is strong, and of course there are half naked women on the windows, but the neon lights somehow make it a charming place.
If you ever go, make sure you are not alone and stay sharp. I wanted you to know that it was nice to check this area out, and Emma and I had no problems with getting around safely (just a disclaimer: we only walked outside with the crowd and left after the main road ended).
On our second and last day there, we visited a few museums. The weather wasn’t as nice, but we were lucky enough to only get some rain in the evening.
Getting tickets for the Van Gogh museum was quick and easy, but we weren’t allowed to film inside so I don’t really have much to show (even on video).
But in that area there were lots of museums – which made it convenient – as well as the ‘I Amsterdam’ letters.
The final thing I really wanted to see was this road with 7 houses designed to mimic the architectural style of 7 European countries.
It’s not really a touristy thing to see, but when I saw someone recommending it online, I knew I wanted to see it, mostly because I enjoy beautiful architecture, and being able to see such different styles next to each other was cool.
(I don’t have an image of all of them together as a still, so you will have to see them in the video).
But that was it!
Have you ever been there? Or do you live there? Let me know! I expected to be able to see some windmills and a lot more tulips, but I guess none of that would be right in the city centre, so I was pleased with what I did get to see. 😉