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Anniversary Trip – Amsterdam

Posted May 7th, 2017 by Janelle

After visiting Rotterdam, we headed back north to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is like the Venice of the North and a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht.

Our Airbnb here was on the Amstel River, Waterlooplein.

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The first afternoon, we grabbed some dinner, and headed down to the museum district to see the I amsterdam sign. Loads of people climbing all over the letters (I don’t know why everyone does that), so you can barely see the sign, but the architecture of the Rijksmuseum in the background was stunning.

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Day 2 is really the entire reason for the timing of the trip…TULIPS. Gobs and gobs of glorious tulips. It was Sunday, and the nicest, most sunny 70° day, so you know what that means? Flower traffic. We took the train to the airport and caught a bus from there, but the 30 minute bus ride to Keukenhof Gardens ended up taking 90 minutes.

Keukenhof Garden is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. The 80 acre park is open for 2 months and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually.

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Any bit of poor attitude I may or may not have had from the extremely long, hot bus ride, and the sheer amount of people at this place was completely zapped by all the bright and happy flowers.

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After our time in the park, we rented bicycles again and took a 6 mile ride out through the fields. Riding bike in the Dutch countryside is literally the best time I think I have ever had on vacation.

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Our last full day in Amsterdam we visited the Van Gogh museum, which was really lovely and interesting. For dinner we slpurged on the Rijsttafel. It was so delicious. It’s kind of like a little Indonesian buffet. There are small portions of many different dishes that you eat in a particular order from mild to spicy. The sixth and final dish was so spicy, we just tasted it and that left our mouths pretty hot for quite awhile! Then, after dark we strolled through the famous Red Light District (which was nothing to write home about), and took some night pictures along the Amstel River.

Rembrandtplein from Walter Süskindbrug:
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Waterlooplein from the west side of the Amstel:
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