Looking back to my visit to Amsterdam in 2012, I remember it so fondly. It would be one of those cities that I could picture myself happily living in. The biking culture, the history, the water, the art, everything is just wonderful.
Our Airbnb host was wonderful and offered to pick us up at the airport. He then took us on a little tour of the neighbourhood our apartment was in, and even brought us to a local grocery store to pick up a few necessities. (The ginger cookies were so good!)
Our first night in the city, it was pouring rain so we stopped a local spot for a dinner of some delicious comfort food, before heading to our apartment to open up a bottle of wine. We then took some time to explore the city, before stopping a cute bar for a drink. (And by cute, I mean that there was an adorable black cat in there!)
It was extremely hard to have any self-control with delicious looks pastries like these at every turn!
We accidentally locked ourselves out of the apartment on this day, so before we could start our day of sightseeing we had to wait for the (extremely patient) Airbnb owner to come back! We took the time spent waiting as an opportunity to grab a couple of shots of the area surrounding the building.
See the spider? Sorry!
The first thing we did was take a canal tour around the city. We were so lucky to have such perfect sun shining down on us!
We opted not to rent bikes as it was a bit daunting in a city we had never been to before. Perhaps next time we will!
I highly recommend getting pies from Pieminister, they were perfectly flaky and filled with a wide assortment of options, we were in pie heaven.
We also went into a Hermitage Museum for a few hours where they had a temporary Van Gogh exhibit. At the time we visited Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum was undergoing some renovations so they had moved part of the collection over The Hermitage. It is always breathtaking seeing such great works of art in their original form.
Sadly we didn't get to take a Heineken tour (arrived too late!), but we did explore the gift shop.
A dream world for cyclists!
Such a magical city at night.
By far, the absolute best split pea soup I have ever had. I have dreams about this soup!
A traditional dutch pancake at The Pancake Bakery
On our last morning in Amsterdam, we went to the Anne Frank House. It was something that I have wanted to see since I was a young child reading her diaries. Words cannot express how moving and devasting seeing it in person was. Sorry if this picture is tacky, but I wanted a memory that I got to be there and see such an huge memorial to an amazing young girl and her family.
We then hopped on the Thalys train to Paris, photos to come soon!
All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.