This was my second trip to Amsterdam – we went for the weekend and I was determined to remember it and experience all the things I missed the first time around!
We flew KLM from Heathrow, London to AMS – we had a little complimentary snack on the plane and Harry was stoked with his free beer. It’s a very short 45 minute flight so before we knew it we were there!
It was super easy to get there and a nice walk past the beautiful houses. Johan then welcomed us and was really friendly!
It's an old station turned into a Bed and Breakfast – the room was so beautiful and bed really comfortable. Only downside: no air conditioning.
Located in the heart of the red light district, super convenient as well as being a really nice hotel with a great breakfast!
I recommend taking the bus to get into the city, else it's a long old 2 hours walk. In fact get a 24 hour bus ticket particularly if you're heading back to the airport.
Highlights of Amsterdam Cruise: A 1 hour cruise with a really good history of the city including the 'dancing houses'!
Flower Market: We had a nosey through the flower market where they had seeds to grow your own marijuana.. Very different to Australia and the UK!
Dance Music Festival: Dance music is a big deal in Amsterdam, and the dance festival season stretches from the beginning of summer through to the end of autumn. The gig we went to, the musicians were on a platform on the water with all their instruments and interesting attire – really great to see and lots of energy!
Anne Frank House: During August it closes at 10pm instead of 9pm; the best times to go were either super early or very late. So we lined up at 8pm and thankfully it only took an hour and we were all done by 9:45pm. It was an amazing experience and our favourite for this trip.
Casa Rosso: 50 euros including two drinks and the (sex) show lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. For anyone who has been to Thailand, it’s just like their ping pong show in that there are different ‘scenes’ and it rotates around. So after a while it goes back to the start. It was a strange experience and there were all sorts of things being pulled out of all sorts of places.
Bike Ride: Real Dutch bikes rather than cheap tourist bikes. We rode off towards Vondelpark (the largest park in Amsterdam) and there was another gig/festival going on here too! We kept on riding and stopped to marvel at the Van Gogh Museum.
Breakfast at Amstelveen: Johan continued his amazing host work by cooking us a very tasty omelette and making us a fresh fancy latte each. We also had meats and cheese on the table and freshly cooked bread. Still warm. Yep – still want to move in permanently.
The name, meaning mothers, is packed with kitsch in the best possible way. The walls of the restaurant are plastered with photos of mothers, and the menu features all the Dutch classics. You can even order a dinner sampler with a variety of typical dishes on one plate.
The food was to die for. Actually the food is really good in general – it seemed to be more fresh.