Amsterdam Snapshots



Our Canal House...we had the basement level
View from the house

Amsterdam was amazing!! We spent three nights in this fabulous city and although we had some yucky weather, we made the best of it! More posts will come soon but for now I will just give you a little taste of our trip! If you have been following along on instagram you can definitely see we had one heck of a time :)

Some highlights.....

  • Our canal apartment was absolutely perfect...we will definitely be returning and renting the same place. And I am sorry but I just might keep the info on this little gem to myself :)
  • Sunday's weather was absolutely terrible but we took a fantastic guided tour through Amsterdam showing some of the city's historic and not so famous WWII sites. It was just the 3 of us on the tour and it was extremely informative and moving. 
  • After brain farting and forgetting to book Anne Frank tickets in advance, we lucked out on Monday and walked up on a non-existent line. If you read any tourist info on Amsterdam, you know that this line can be hours long. Well we walked right in and I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to stand where Anne wrote her diary. 
  • Took a canal boat tour and it was awesome
  • The Red Light District: I haven't found the words just yet but I will :)
  • THE FOOD: Good gracious, we found 2 cafes that we absolutely could not get enough of and we stuffed ourselves with the delicious food. All of my hard work at eating healthy and reaching my goals may have just been erased in one fell swoop. Ok Zeal, time to get to work!!
  • We laughed so much on this trip....many memories were made and I am so glad we were able to spend it with my Dad! 
Ok, I know we always say we will return to some of the places we've traveled too...but we are dead serious on this one....already looking into going back towards the end of summer!

Do you love Amsterdam?

-Jamie

19 comments

  1. I DO love Amsterdam. I'm heading back there with my family in August. Glad you enjoyed your visit! You were so lucky to have skipped the lines at the Anne Frank house, typically people wait for hours!

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    1. That will be fun! I am thinking we may go back around Septemberish....I absolutely loved it!

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    2. Jamie, we're Roxanne's parents and, like you, are addicted to world travel. We had a blast when we were in Amsterdam a couple of years ago. We were there to pick up our ship for a Baltic cruise. When you go back may I make a couple of recommendations? We took a Red Light tour entitled Randy Roy's Red Light Tour.(they have a web site). It was a hoot and besides seeing the "Window shopping," we got a good background on the how's and whys on the industry. The other thing we did was take a ½-day tour out to Zaanse Schans and the working windmills.
      If you haven't already visited, we really enjoyed both Dublin and Budapest. Our next adventure will be Brussels in September. If you've been there do you have any suggestions; we still have a couple of slots open on our itinerary. Keep traveling, and as Mark Twain said in "Innocents Abroad:" "“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
      Keep on truckin'

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    3. Hi Bob and Norma! Thanks for checking out my blog :) We have not been to Brussels just yet but hope to make it soon! If we make it there before September, I will email you and let you know! We will most definitely be returning to Amsterdam, so I will let you know if we get a chance to check out your recommendations. Thanks!

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    4. It was also good to hear from you... You probably know by now but Danny (Your dad) make it back in one piece, and [surprise!] pretty much on time, even by Delta standards. Actually Delta has been very, very good to us; our most recent trip to Puerto Vallarta was paid for by our Frequent Flyer miles!
      I don’t know if Roxanne has mentioned us to you but world travel and experiencing foreign cultures is our passion. We’ve been fortunate enough to live in Spain (Andalucia) for over eight years and we’ve visited most of Europe’s countries. If I might give a idea which usually proves to be one of the enjoyable parts of our adventures… Try taking a food tour. I’m not talking about the ones which lets you sample gourmet fare or the ones that would have you eating worms or worms. The typical food tours we take spend tour in one or two neighborhoods and you sample food and drink at the establishments the local patronize. You also get a great overview of the history and culture of the area. For example, here is a link to the food tour we took when we were in Buenos Aires a coup0le of years ago. IT pretty much tells you what they are like: http://www.bafoodtours.com/food-tour-la-boca/ We haven’t had a bad food tour yet. I always just Google “Food Tour” + “City we’re visiting” and we’ve always been well rewarded for our efforts.
      Thanks again, and if we can been of any assistance, just ask. Good traveling.

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  2. Oh my gosh, I was in Amsterdam this past weekend too. We were there Friday to Sunday, so I know what you mean about the weather. It certainly didn't spoil the trip though. It is such a beautiful city. Well done you for avoiding the queues at the Anne Frank museum. We missed out on booking too, but we only had to wait an hour on saturday - so not too bad in the end. :)

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    1. How about that rain on Sunday?? Ugh...we took a 3 hour walking tour in that mess! The tour was amazing but we were exhausted afterward! I can't beleive you only had to wait an hour on a Saturday!

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  3. I'd love to go to Amsterdam sometime soon!

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    1. It's a really cool place....the locals are very friendly and we met so many cool people! You have to go!

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  4. Hello! New blog reader here. Amsterdam is on our list of places to visit at some point! Been going back through your posts and see we are not too far away from each other. We moved to Hitchin (just south of Cambridge) last summer for my husband's job. You've given me some more great ideas for day trips for us to take around England...so thanks! Look forward to reading more...

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    1. Hey Jennifer! Yes, you are really close by! And I just checked out your blog and love it! We really try and get out and see England as much as we can but it is so tempting just to hop a flight every weekend to a different country! If you have any questions about any of the places, just shoot me an email or leave a comment!

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  5. I've never been to Amsterdam and your trip definitely has be curious. I love renting apartments when I travel rather than getting a hotel room and your little sport looks adorable. I'm also convinced that calories don't count on vacations. ;)

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    1. Good thinking with the calories! But that's what I love about Europe...you walk so much that some of those calories are burned anyway....so yay for yummy food!! And yes, we always try to rent apartments.....makes you feel like a local!

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  6. I went crazy for the food in Amsterdam! I still think about this amazing savoury pancake that i had... mmm..... xx

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    1. Omg...I may just take a day trip just to go back for the fondue at Cafe Bern. It was incredible!! Or the leek and goat cheese quiche, or the spicy tosti, or the tapas from the grocery store, haha!!

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  7. Yes yes I love Amsterdam! So glad you did too! Can't believe you didn't have a line for Anne Frank, maybe because it was on a Monday? What time did you get there?

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    1. It was crazy amazing that we just walked up on it! Yes, it was Monday around 1 or 2?? I could not believe it!

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  8. I went to Amsterdam when I was in college and it was the first time I ever saw x-rated postcards being sold right next to ones with tulips and windmills - that was interesting. I would love to go back though as we skipped a lot of things including the Anne Frank museum.

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    1. Oh that is too funny! Yeah, the x rated stuff was a little much but I just loved Amsterdam on the whole. And you must visit Anne Frank House if you return!

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