Amsterdam - A Fairytale

 

Amsterdam... Where do I even begin? To give some context, this was after we spent Christmas in London. We took a ferry to Europe and then a bus from France to the Netherlands.

I still remember the first time I saw Amsterdam and it was love at first sight. No, really. The perfect mix of Christmas lights strung over bare tree branches, the fog, and the locked up bikes created the best first impression. 

Despite the cold, we walked everywhere because it gave us perspective of the city. The city is very pedestiran friendly and for most of the time, we were squeezing through alleyways and surrounded with fairytale-like homes.  

The canals are the best thing about this city. We woke up pretty early to try to catch the sunset but was greet with a blanket of fog. Honeslty, I think that may be better than a sun rise. 

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Perhaps the reason why Amsterdam has such a unqiue feel is the brick like roads. Every walkway just reminds me of a Hanzel and Gretel story line. The houses are cover with their unique skin of hues and sidewalks are blocked by many bikes. Its almost unreal how different the lifestyle is here. 

And the small hispter shops adds a unique touch. Nothing beats a good cafe themed after the German fairy tale. 

While we're on the topic of coffee shops... there is a distinction between a cafe and a coffee shop. Cafe is sells caffinate drinks and pastries while coffee shops sell caffinated drinks and pastries with a little added "something"

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Van Gogh Museum - By far my favorite museum because it takes you through the Van Gogh's journey and his life progression as an artist. There were paintings donated by Theo's grandson because he had someone of Van Gogh's painting hanging on in his living room (casual) 

Important foods to try

Raw Herring - not too fishy and very delious with pickles 

Stampot - A traditional Dutch dish with patotoes mashed with vegetables and paired with a sausage

I have to admit, I didn't take too many photos of the things we did. But enjoy the rest of these snapshots of our trip here. Overall, Amsterdam has been my favorite and I hope you're convinced to visit.

Please commet below! Love to hear from my reader :) Until next time, Keep exploring! 

-Anne