Friday, September 28, 2018

Travels to Amsterdam

http://www.ireland.com/en-us/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=TI%7CUS%7CIreland%7CExact&utm_term=visiting%20ireland&utm_content=Ireland%7CPlaces%20to%20Visit&gclid=CKDH2aTgmdMCFYejNwodk_0KQw&gclsrc=dsAmsterdam is the Netherlands' capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city's 17th-century Golden Age. Cycling is key to the city's character, and there are numerous bike paths. After our short stay in Zell, Keith and I took the train to Amsterdam to continue our European tour.





With its proximity to the North Sea and prevailing westerly winds, the climate is very mild in Amsterdam year-round, which makes it very comfortable to walk or bike your way around.  Our hotel was located near the central train station, which made it convenient to catch the tram if we needed to explore somewhere outside of walking distance.



Make sure you try poffertjes (fluffy mini-pancakes served with powdered sugar), gouda and edam cheeses, patat (thick-cut fries with toppings) and stroopwafels (sweet Dutch waffles).  For more Amsterdam eats check out my restaurant reviews.







The Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and contemporary art at MOCO, where we saw an exhibition featuring the works of Banksy. We visited all in one day, but if you have more time in the city, I recommend spreading out your visits so you don't feel overwhelmed.


De Negen Straatjes, or the Nine Little Streets, are exactly that – nine streets that run between the Prinsengracht and Singel canals and are lined with shops and boutiques.  We enjoyed walking around this area and you are sure to find a unique souvenir to bring home.


While I liked the walkableness of the city, I was not as crazy about the free cannabis smoking laws and red light districts.  Especially at night, the city really turned into the "New Orleans" for Brits and Italians with loads of bachelor parties raucously roaming the streets. Have you visited Amsterdam before? What are some of your favorites things to do and places to eat? Please share in the comments below!

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