Monday, 6 May 2013
3 weeks today until the big departure. The countdown has officially begun.
I took these photos 20 years ago when I was last in Holland. I spent most of my time there in The Hague staying with friends but we did manage one rather eventful trip to Amsterdam. As fun as it was at the time I'm rather thankful we wont be staying at Bob's Youth Hostel this time.
I've made a list of links to help us navigate more than the obvious....coffee houses, Anne Frank's House, Van Gogh Museaum and red light district while exploring this crazy and notoriously colourful town.
NY times travel article 'The Amsterdam of Playgrounds and Pancakes'
Babyccino kids Amsterdam
A day in Amsterdam with LUXE City Guides
36 Hours in Ansterdam, NY Times.
Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam, Nomadic Matt
Petite Passports Favorites Guide to Amsterdam
All the goodness over at This Girl Lel.
103 weeks: An American expat in Amstaerdam.
A selection of expat blogs on I Amsterdam
To do things:
Rondvaartboot / boat tour in the canals (if possible by twilight)
Van Gogh museum
Scheepsvaartmuseum (pirate ships)
IJ-Hallen flea market...although unfortunately the dates don't coincide for this trip.
oh la la Options Contemporary Department Store looks a little dangerous.
A couple for Z Poptasi, dangerously good macaroons and the Miffy Store.
Amazing eco-supermarket Bilder & De Clercq.
A list of galleries in Amsterdam and an article in The Guardian, 10 of the best independent galleries in Amsterdam.
Eating with kids
The Lobster House: a must stop for Lobster Burgers or a Tuna Burger with Wasabi mayonaise.
@7 SCHELDESTRAAT 92, 1078 GN AMSTERDAM
Le 4 stagioni
Two for Joy coffee roasters: Haarlemmerdijk 182, Amsterdam. Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 7pm. Sat – Sunday 8am – 6pm.Also: Frederiksplein 29, Amsterdam. Same opening times.
A fun waterfront bar great for chilling out in the afternoon sun Hannekes Boom Dijksgracht 4, 1019BS Amsterdam. Open from 11am 1am Friday's, and Saturday from 11am to 3am.
9 straatjes (9 little streets)
De Pijp (also market there)
Nieuwmarkt (part of the redlight district. Got a facelift, especially Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat)
Our time is limited here, 4days, but if you have any other tips for us. I'd love to hear. Thanks Nynke & her Dutch buddies for the tips.