Evening my lovely lovely friends! I have some super exciting news for you all... Firstly, this is my first non fashion related post...ooooh. But also, I am incredibly excited to tell you all that I will be in Amsterdam for a few days in January, hoping to share with you my outfits, travelling process and other experiences in the beautiful city that is Amsterdam.
First of all, as some of you may know, I have already visited Amsterdam once before - last January in fact, and I absolutely loved it - hence why it was my choice of preference for this years trip. So, I just thought I would give you all an insight into what Amsterdam is like if you didn't know, and to share what I have experienced so far. I would also love if you could recommend me places to visit and ideas of what I may like to do. I am staying for a little longer than I did last time, so I will have time for a lot more magical adventures!
Firstly, this is where I stayed, 'Hotel Europa 92' which was a really sweet little boutique hotel, that had excellent access to the tramlines and to the main city of Amsterdam. It was lovely to be located in a small hotel, and the fact it was close by to several attractions such as Vondelpark, meant that everything was made super-duper easy. I would definitely say that the lack of English tv and the incredibly small bathroom facilities may not have been lavish lifestyle goals, but it was perfect for mine and Callum's little getaway. This time, we have found a new hotel to stay in, with a slightly different feel to it and I will definitely be showing you all what it's like!!! But for now, unless you follow my Instagram you will have no idea where it is!
Now, considering we only stayed for a few days in January, we tried to get as much done as possible. Above are a few of my favourite parts about our visit, from the markets that sold delicious donuts and other confectionaries, to the Heineken bar that Callum was particularly impressed with. We also managed to pay a visit to the exceptional restaurant De Kas, which took us several tram journeys amongst getting lost, losing two Pandora charms, retrieving one from the tram track and finally running to our booking at De Kas (which we were late for... How awkward.) De Kas is a stunning restaurant set in a giant greenhouse with Instagrammable lighting and a direct view into the kitchen. Although I have the most boring tastebuds in the entire world, and the fact it was awfully expensive to dine at, it was a true experience and I would definitely recommend it if it is within your budget and you want to try something new. We visited many places including the Anne Frank house which was undeniably a queue throughout the entire museum, it was slightly disappointing although it's definitely a must see if you're in Amsterdam. A lot of the places we discovered were small, local places with delicious nachos, contorted hot chocolate, and amongst the most delightful people. I would say that even without spending any money, Amsterdam is a joy to walk around, and the beautiful river canals and general sights are definitely worth paying for.
Last of all, whilst visiting, I tried to collect as many receipts, postcards and coasters as possible in order for me to create a little scrapbook as a memory of our time in the Dam. Hopefully, I will be able to do the same with January 2016's visit, and I will show you how I tend to create my little scrapbooks! I hope you've enjoyed today's blog post, I know it's a bit long but I am incredibly excited to revisit my favourite little place in the whole world.
See you soon,