A short break in Amsterdam
I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Amsterdam at the beginning of the year and I actually managed to switch off while away. Unbelievable but true. It was only a little taste of this fascinating place as we were there for a very short break.
I enjoyed the beauty and the warmth atmosphere of the city. The best way to describe Amsterdam would be enchanting chaos. It’s loud, colourful and always inviting you to explore more.
I decided to book at the Sir Adam Hotel. The hotel was in a great spot, with just two minutes walking to the ferry and then another two minutes crossing the Het IJ, we found ourselves at the Central Station.
The hotel was perfect, very different and beautiful. The rooms were exactly how described on the website. I booked a room with a city view… ohhhh loved it! After a long day walking and a night out, it was the perfect place to end the day sitting at the bar in the hall, just relaxing with a drink.
WANDERING THROUGH AMSTERDAM
Instead of hiring a bike, we decided to walk around the city. If you do think to go to Amsterdam and walk as we did, please don’t forget to lookout for those crazy people on their bicycles! They will be the one to run you over, not the cars!
We have been pretty lucky with the weather so we thought to make the most of it. Of course I do love walking so for me it wasn’t a problem, but my trip mate wasn’t very happy at the end of the first day… ops!
I had a long list of the things we wanted to visit, but the time just flew by so fast that we probably managed to see only a quarter of what was on that list. Everything is so fascinating that losing track of the time is very easy… you could find yourself in a dreaming world just by admiring the colours and the shape of the wonky houses with their contrast coloured windows.
Among all the beautiful places to visit in Amsterdam, I had the pleasure to witness the most picturesque enclave in all of Amsterdam: the Begijnhof, whose private residences nestled around a beautiful internal court.
Another of my favourite place during my visit was the flower floating market, the Bloemenmarkt, with little stalls selling tulips, flowers, plants, ornaments and lots more… ohhhh its colours were stunning and so bright! And loved the little basement shops and cafes along side the market.
SHOPPING IN AMSTERDAM
We spent most of the time walking up and down the canals and exploring the Nine Little Streets of Amsterdam. Little streets crossing two canals: Keizersgracht and Herengracht. They are full of small boutiques, quirky shops, bookshops and lovely restaurants. Stopping in a café for a drink and explore, it was all I wanted to do. I could have spent the whole time there…
And it was in one of the Nine Little Streets that I’ve fallen in love with a very small boutique: The Darling. I was captured by its charming window display. Something intriguing pulled me in and I could have spent hours in there looking at everything, from the very unique clothing, to the jewellery, and the homeware! I loved it and can’t wait to go back!
I will definitively go back, maybe in the Spring/Summer time. I’d love to visit more parks, find hidden gems. I’d probably stay in the same hotel, explore more boutiques and typical restaurants, and live a bit more the city’s nightlife.
I hope this post has inspired you to start planning your visit to Amsterdam. Thank you to Sir Adam Hotel for having me and to Amsterdam to open my eyes to such a wonderful city!