A Day in Amsterdam | February 2018
Amsterdam, a European city which is home to narrow houses, vast canals and a rich history, has been high up on my bucket list for quite some time now. With its close proximity to England, I thought it should be one of the first places I visit in 2018.
So, for Valentines weekend my boyfriend and I took advantage of the 2 for 1 offer with P&O Ferries. We paid £46 each for a return ferry to Amsterdam (from Hull), the only downside is you spend more time on the ferry than you do in Amsterdam but as it was so cheap we didn’t mind.
Amsterdam has something for everyone; from the history buffs to the Banksy fans. Before we arrived, we tried to pre-book a visit to the Anne Frank house but every single day for the next two months was sold out and they currently don’t have on the door tickets available. This is definitely something I’ll be visiting next time. We did pre-book the Ice Bar but due to my travel sickness we decided to give this a miss, I was struggling to hold down a meal let alone a drink.
The coach from Rotterdam – about a 40 minute journey – dropped us off at Prins Hendrikkade street. From here, we walked down one of the streets and quickly chose a place to eat. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the name of the place and a google search/street view search didn’t tell me either. But, it was a sweet Italian restaurant where we got an early lunch to fuel us for a day of walking.
We soon found that Amsterdam is full of quirky bars and restaurants, plenty of places to choose from (they have a vegan junk food restaurant I didn’t find out about until I was just scouring street view for the restaurant name!). There are lots of places to sit outside when it’s good weather and I’d love to experience Amsterdam in the summer. We got lucky with the weather as the sun was out and it was very pleasant. People were sitting along the canals – still wearing layers – but basking in the sunshine.
You could easily spend a day just walking around Amsterdam. The never-ending canals and streets offer so many things; drinks, food, shopping and plenty of museums. You’ll make it to all of these if you don’t get run over by the bikes! I almost got hit several times. There’s so many people riding bikes, motorbikes and even walking their dog whilst cycling along. Be prepared to step out of the way though because they don’t stop for anyone.
One thing you can’t miss is the Sexmuseum. A classic that I saw on instagram many times before I went myself. Entry was 5 euros. Plenty of photo opps here and great if you’re coming with friends.
We also went to the Red Light District; a classic street to visit in Amsterdam. We went during the day but it was still fairly busy. Don’t take any photos down here though, especially not of the women, it’s well documented that photography isn’t allowed.
Not to fret though, as you’ll want a photograph of every other street of Amsterdam. I loved it here. Although we got lost a few times and went around in circles – the amount of places we could stop to drink and eat at kept us going.
On the walk back from the Sex Museum we saw Manneken Pis Amsterdam, a small street vendor style shop claiming to have been ‘voted no.1 fries in Holland’. We planned to stop off here but the queues were huge so we opted for the green building next door which although still busy, didn’t have quite as many people in.
The one we went to nearby was called Maoz which was vegetarian! Perfect for me. We ordered fries from here which were lovely as well as some fresh juices whilst we people watched.
Before our coach picked us up we stopped off at a little cafe and got some drinks before the coach journey back. I so wish we would have had longer than a day to explore but I’ll definitely be returning. Hopefully again this year.
I would highly recommend Amsterdam for a weekend away or a little getaway – especially if you live in England as it’s such a short flight away. It’s a city I’d actually like to live in. Everything was clean, we felt very safe and the people were great!