AMSTERDAM.

May 21st, 2017

A quick holiday with Emma.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anywhere you look, there is somethingΒ 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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. πŸ˜‰

Marzia.

 

45 thoughts on “AMSTERDAM.

  1. Iris

    For windmills, Kinderdijk is the place to be. Tulips can be found at the Keukenhof. I’m glad you enjoyed the capital of my home country πŸ™‚

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  2. melaniesworldd

    I live nearby Amsterdam and I love that you liked it so much! If you want to see windmills and tulips you will have to come back and go outside the center haha. For tulips you will definitely have to visit Keukenhof, and for old school dutch culture de Zaanse Schans. If you want any tips for a next trip to the Netherlands I’m all yours πŸ™‚ (or some language lessons hahaha c:)

    Love, Melanie

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  3. siljebirkmose

    I’ve never visited but i would love to! i really like all the buildings and the stories based around the culture. I would love to travel with my best friend, but i don’t have much money, any tips for someone like me? i’m only 15 but i love traveling and have been lucky to visit a lot of places and i’m independent so i really want to travel with a friend who wants to see the same things as me. If you have any tips that could help me that would be amazing!
    I’m glad to hear you’ve had a good trip with Emma and i hope it goes well with the new kitchen!
    love Silje

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  4. sarahgoblog

    hi Marzia I love you view of art! I live in the Netherlands and somehow I forgot how beautiful it is! Also there are a lot of places YOU HAVE to go to next time you are there, they are very unique and with your interest in art i am sure you’ll love them. Amsterdam is quite different then other cities in europe. I recommend you visit Nederland another time. I enjoy your blog thank you…

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  5. Chiara Rossetto

    Sono stata ad amsterdam esattamente 3 giorni prima di te, ahh non ci credo, avrei potuto incontrarti!
    Mi Γ¨ piaciuta tantissimo anche se mi sono ammalata appena arrivata al b&b e purtroppo non me la sono goduta molto! PerΓ² sono riuscita a visitare il Museo di Van Gogh, il mio artista preferito, una meraviglia πŸ™‚

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  6. Makayla

    I’d love to go to Amsterdam! I recently learned more about Anne Frank in school and would love to see the Secret Annex. The Museum of Fluorescent Art looked amazing!

    Have a lovely day!

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  7. Kirstin

    Whelp, that’s the Netherlands for you. The weather has a mind of its own. And yeah, tourists are recommended to buy tickets for Anne Frank’s house before even going to Amsterdam, it’s sick.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip, though!

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  8. fetchingxzelda

    I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam as I longingly want to visit the Anne Frank House and the other museums. Me and three others are planning a trip soon and the video and post has reminded me to mention it! Does anyone have any tips? It would be extremely appreciated!

    p.s I love this blog, its homely and a quiet place to come so thank you for creating it Marzia ^.^ ❀

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  9. Nomalany

    Hello Marzia!
    Thank you for this another beautiful blog and another moment to make my day a bit better πŸ™‚
    I have been thinking about starting a blog like yours myself, so I wanted to ask if you have any tips in starting one, since I quite like your style of writing πŸ™‚
    I hope you get what I’m saying, because I’m not so sure about the structure of my sentences, since English is not my native language πŸ˜€

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  10. Aletze Estrada

    Hey, Marzia! πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I want to visit Amsterdam so bad!! Ugh…I want to visit a lot of places, in fact, lol

    It’s especially interesting to me the Red Light District…for science, ya know?

    Glad you both had fun there!!

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  11. Cynthia G.

    Hey Marzia!

    I live in Amsterdam, 3 minutes from Vondelpark! I hope you liked it, it’s a beautiful city! You should have gone to Zaanse Schans, it’s like 10 or 20 km further away from Amsterdam. You can see a lot of windmills there, and Volendam maybe too. It’s a very little city with a harbor. It’s cute, the houses look kind of funny! What you would like is maybe Giethoorn, it is like a little Venice but in a Dutch way. With a lot of flowers and trees. It’s beautiful and romantic!!
    I hope you liked the Netherlands!

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  12. apfeltini

    Hi there, Marzia~ I’m glad you both enjoyed the trip! Everything is so gorgeous, it almost looks like a painting! Thank you for sharing everything with us, i’m dying to watch the vlog! πŸ˜€ Did you get some souvenirs of your two-day sojourn? n_n

    Such a shame you didn’t get to see any windmills :c but hey! there’s still the Jack & Jill windmills, haha *it’s something* x’D

    Greetings from Venezuela, send u mah luv and gratitude for everything you do to inspire us all ❀ Byee~~

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  13. Tila

    Glad you had a great time in Amsterdam ! It is a pretty cit <3. If you want to go to Holland again. I recommend Zaltbommel ! It is a little town very cute, very old-school buildings and a lot of nature around.

    Love from Holland

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  14. flight0knight

    I would love to see it one day. From the pictures it always looks like a very peculiar place with a unique style and atmosphere :).
    Thanks for sharing the experience and I hope you are having a good day.

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  15. Kim

    Hi Marzia!

    When I saw the title of your video yesterday, I couldn’t believe I had missed you! But I am soo happy to hear that you had a lovely time in our country πŸ™‚

    To be honest, I always feel like Amsterdam itself has a pretty, but very different look from the countryside in our country. As people have recommended above, places as Kinderdijk, Volendam and Giethoorn are also gorgeous, romantic places in the Netherlands which are – according to me – quite different from Amsterdam. They are more village-like. If you want to see more of the landscape, pick one of the big cities and travel from one to the other by train. I always notice when I am on the train going from one city to the other how many farms, meadows and towns I pass. In most cases I think it will show you a bit of our country (and how flat it is).

    For the weather, people usually say it always rains in the Netherlands, which is not the case (luckily). However, the weather can be quite all over the place. In the past week, we went from 28 degrees Celcius to 18 in a DAY. You were lucky to have some wonderful weather, although I would have prepared for the worst as well ;P

    Love,
    Kim c:

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  16. Elke Schneider

    Well, start planning your next trip! To: rotterdam. If you like fine architecture you definitely should visit Rotterdam.

    Unlike Amsterdam, the center of Rotterdam was hit during ww2. So it’s a totally different city than Amsterdam, where you still see all the old buildings. Rotterdam has only a few left in the center, the rest is all new (they compare it to NYC).

    And if you like I can always give you (and your friends) a tour aroud all the nice and beautifull places! You may even pick the theme: historical, cultural, etc.

    I’m glad you had such a nice experience in the Netherlands. Hope to see you back in our lovey country!

    With love,
    Elke

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  17. MERRYCAT

    Cara goldoniana, voglio osare di suggerire di visitare ad Amst. il Museo della Borsetta, che Γ¨ una lezione di storia della moda. E nel Veneto vicino a Montegrotto di Padova c’Γ¨ il Bosco delle Fate – un po’ esoterico, e non Γ¨ obbligatorio includere nella visita la vicina Casa delle Farfalle. A sud di Modena a Montagnana di Serramazzoni tutti i “rosarians” e fiorofili in generale non dovrebbero trascurare il Museo-Giardino della Rosa Antica, con cento specie profumatissime che erano sparite e sono state ricoltivate il caffΓ¨ che offre marmellata di rose…E il castello e i giardini di Ariundel e a Hayward’s Heath il Borde Hill Garden. Che bellissimi video la grande Bisognin saprebbe editare…
    Spero di non sembrare invadente – MERRYCAT

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  18. Oriana

    I always wanted to visit Amsterdam ! πŸ’• My friends went but it was only for the coffee shops, so I wasn’t interested. I hope I’ll find someone to accompany me someday to actually visit the city, in the meantime I’m glad I got to see your pictures ! 😊

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  19. kittyp0p

    Love the pics (: can’t wait to watch the vlog as well! Someone I work with recently traveled to Amsterdam with a few friends and said everyone rides bikes there, like they don’t have too many cars on the roads. Is this true for where you guys were or maybe just the area my colleague visited? Xoxo

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  20. Nina

    Hey Marzia,

    I’m from The Netherlands and that day was probably the hottest it gets here haha
    I hope you had a great time with Emma!
    Rotterdam and Gouda are also some nice places to go to in The Netherlands!

    xx

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  21. Angy

    Hi Marzia!
    Amsterdam is pretty cool! And beautiful! I’m thinking about to study a master’s degree there but first, I need finish my career, hehe :b
    Is always nice travel at least a couple of days with a good friend, helps to get out of the routine.
    Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€ Hugs!

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  22. theleaale

    I saw the vlog yesterday and oh my god, what a beautiful city! The hotel looks lovely and the pictures you’ve taken are so so so pretty!
    Honestly I’m already searching through my calendar if I have plans for this summer! I’d really like to visit this beautiful city!!!

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  23. Ana

    It’s so nice to see you travelling here and there, I’m so happy for you. Other than that, god how much I would love to visit some European countries in general. Bummer you couldn’t visit the Anne Frank house, I read her diary and since then I’ve been so eager to visit Amsterdam just so I could visit the Anne Frank house, brave young girl she was. Have a great day Marzia! πŸ™‚

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  24. kvdsluis

    I glad you loved our city! ^_^ however i wish you would have visited outside the tourist area where there are so much unique and cute streets with shops, art and vegan restaurants that only the locals visit. Definitely come back sometime ❀ xxx

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  25. paperdeers

    This makes me realize I need to have some girlfriend trip time. I love doing everything with my husband but I think it would be so different to take a trip with a close girl friend! *getting ideas* πŸ€“

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  26. Cordelia.

    Hey Marzia, I don’t know if this question is too personal, if it isn’t i hope you’ll include it in your Q &A, but I always wondered how you got the courage to first move in with Felix in Sweden, then later had him move in with you in Italy and then move together to Brighton? I’m always so in awe of how you two had managed to make the impossible work and i really wonder about your thought process when making such huge decisions.

    I hope you are having a great day and I appreciate so much all the content you put out!

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  27. Shelby

    Have you been wearing a lot of clothes from Inu Inu lately? I have just noticed and they are all so cute! Do you like there stuff?
    Xx

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