For those of you that haven’t been stalking my Instagram or the hashtag #maemopturns21, you may not know that I was lucky enough to be whisked away to Amsterdam at the weekend. It was a birthday present from my parents and one that I am going to cherish for many, many years.
My parents, nana and I spent two nights in the city exploring and celebrating. I have plenty to share with you guys from the weekend so might have to make this a mini series! But first, let’s talk about our first day in Amsterdam…
We arrived around lunchtime and headed straight to our hotel to check in. After ditching our bags (and switching to a lighter jacket), we decided to wander around around and get our bearings a little bit. Everyone was eating chips out of purple cones as we walked past, which piqued our curiosity. We picked up some chips and mayonnaise from a little place that claimed to be the #1 chips in Holland. Tucking in, I see why they were so hyped. They were delicious and just the fuel we needed for a day of adventuring.
Heading back towards Central Station, we decided to hop on to a canal cruise. Lasting an hour and at around 15 euros each, it was a good way to see a lot of the city at once and work out which areas we wanted to come back to at a more leisurely pace. It also gave a little bit of historical context to the sights, which I loved. Some of Captain Joe’s jokes were a little hit and miss but I love a good bad joke and thought it kept the tour light-hearted and fun. Plus, it meant I got a chance to snap away at some of the beautiful canals and architecture that the city boasts.
We stopped for a caffeine fix at Dam Good Coffee in Dam Square and it lived up to its name. Refreshed, we took a wonder through some of the streets off the square, peeking down alleys and trying the local produce in the gazillion cheese shops that Amsterdam has to offer.
After dinner and a cocktail from the hotel bar, my Nana retired for the night and we wandered off in search of the Red Light District. Obviously, we didn’t take any photos there but I’m glad I saw the infamous site. It may seem a little strange to go with your folks, but I felt that I couldn’t go to Amsterdam and NOT see it… Besides, I was still tucked up in my bed by half ten!
See you soon for Day Two!