3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

 

Before I embarked on my trip to Amsterdam, there were three things I knew of the city. The Red light district, Weed and the colour Orange. All three things mentioned are closely associated with Amsterdam however it has far more things going for it.  It’s slowly becoming one of my favourite european cities. I love the architecture, open skyline, rich history, the picturesque canals and relaxed laid back attitude towards life.

Amsterdam is a city with choices there’s so much to do, so to try and do them in 3 days was a little challenging nevertheless I wanted to at least give it a try. Now the advantage or disadvantage to this trip was I was on my own so it was just a matter of deciding where to go. Here is an overview of my 3 days in Amsterdam.

 

Day 1

 

Free Walking Tour

A great way of getting yourself familiar with the city is by a walking tour. You’ll learn about the history, find out where the major sites are and explore the canals. There are free walking tours across the city however I would recommend the the New Europe walking tour. It covers a lot of the areas and gives you an overview of the city and landmarks. The tour meets in the main square and lasts about 3 hours. (Its always nice to tip your guide)

 

Canal Tour

You cannot come to Amsterdam and not do a canal tour, the city is tied to the water. I lost count how many canals there I saw. The canals of Amsterdam are extremely beautiful, and there’s nothing like seeing the city from a boat. Skip the big canal boat tours you see around the city – they can be overpriced. Opt for a private boat tour for about 20 Euros an hour or the open-air Canal Hopper Small Boat. The boats are smaller and the tours are more intimate, making it a good personalised tour. The tour usually lasts about 1 hour.

Day 2

 

Van Gogh Museum

This is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, however don’t let the crowds put you off.  To avoid  the crowds its always a good idea to book online. The museum features many of Van Gogh’s best works of art alongside an excellent biography of his life and laid out in chronological order, starting with his earliest works. Though not a huge museum, I can spend hours just staring at the paintings as Van Gogh is one of my favourite painters. The museums also has paintings by other famous artists of the period, like Monet, Manet, and Matisse. Try to come late in the late afternoon when there are less of the crowds.

 

Anne Frank

The Anne Frank House was smaller than I imagined, It was over before I knew it. I found It a little  disappointing as I had wanted to go according to my own pace but because of the crowd it felt like we were being shuffled along to make way for the next group of tourists. However the house is amazing with furniture, newspaper clippings frozen in time. It’s important you book online at least 1 month before the trip or else theres no guarantee there would be tickets.

 

The Tulip Museum

This Museum is located in a room inside a tulip shop. A little basement museum that tells the story of the history of tulips in Holland. I really enjoyed this, I have never seen so many variations of tulips before. You’ll never find a crowd, and it’s only 5 euros.

Day 3

Bike Tour

There are bikes everywhere in Amsterdam, so its essential you do a bike tour. Amsterdam loves bikes and apparently there are more bikes than there are people. I find that very hard to believe as there are a lot of people in Amsterdam. In fact forget about keeping an eye out for cars, its the bikes that you should look out for. I lost count how many times I almost got ran over. Sightseeing on a bike in Amsterdam is something I would definitely recommend. The company to use would be Mike’s Bike Tours, wether to rent or for a tour.

Oosterpark

I was heading towards Vondelpark to relax and people watch and I was redirected to go to Oosterpark instead. I was told ‘Everyone goes to Vondelpark to sit around and get high, its over crowded.’ ‘Go to Oosterpark instead. This is how I discovered Oosterpark, it’s about 30 minutes away from the city centre. The walk takes you through residential areas of the city not often seen by tourists nevertheless it was far quieter and peaceful than Vonderpark.

 

Here it is, my adventures in 3 days I definitely could’ve explored more. Here are some of the places I didn’t get to see. I’m hoping to come back again soon.

 

 

Amsterdam History Museum

The Jordaan Area

Rijksmuseum

FOAM

Jewish Historical Museum

Museum Amstelkring

The Rembrandt House Museum

Museum Van Loon

Vondelpark

Waterlooplein Flea Market

 

Have you been to Amsterdam? How long were you there? What did you think of the city? Thank you for stopping by.  Always good to hear from you let me know your thoughts.

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‘A leopard print lover never looses its spots’

‘A leopard print lover never looses its spots’

It’s London Fashion Week (A/W16) and this coat has been my ‘go to coat’ this season, its probably the ‘boldest’ print I’ve ever had in a coat.  I have always been a fan of leopard print but I normally opt for it in accessorises, for example bags, shoes, purse but never in the form of a coat. I randomly came across a quote about leopard print that made me literally laugh out loud, it said ‘As far as I’m concern it’s neutral’ lol.

The fashion industry affectionately refers to it as a timeless classic, leopard print transcends trends and seasons, it adds an element of cool to every look.

Marks and Spencer range Per Una Speziale updated this look into a bold and fierce orange, it was love at first sight and at a reduced sale price, I couldn’t resist.
A great piece for when it’s not quite spring but the sun is out with a chill in the air, the perfect weather for coat and sunglasses.

The silhouette is structured and yet the wool fabric still gives it a cosy feel for those cold yet sunny days.
As someone who is sometimes prone to lazy dressing (skinny jeans and old jumpers) I know I will still feel fabulous whatever I’m wearing underneath..

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Coat - Marks and Spencer | Tweed jacket and skirt - Vintage Portobello Market | Blouse - Whistles | Knee high socks - HandM | Belt - Gap | Shoes - Asos | Hat - Found and Vision |
Photos by Malachi Ajose