All you hear, see and talk about Amsterdam from photos to videos to movies etc.. I would suggest put all of that in the back seat and jet set to Amsterdam to experience it all with your own eyes. This is one place that took my breath away and I will certainly try to pen down my experience into words and describe how our trip was.. I’ll try my best. This place has abundance to offer and on a serious note we certainly din’t know where to start from.
After enjoying our breakfast at hotel NH Jan Tabak, we headed out to the city for a tour. The distance to the city was a 30 min ride/drive from the hotel. The mini tour was organized by AFC holidays.
A little overview – Amsterdam took its name from the river Amstel. This city is home to the famous art museums, historic museums, canals, vintage houses, rustic cafes, cheese markets, coffee shops, street food etc. Amsterdam was not destructed during the World War 2 and hence, has preserved its buildings and the Dutch architecture. The city is buzzing at all times, the night life is at its best and the party scenes are highly recommended.
Its also called ‘the city of cycles’ as there are more cycles than the total population. The road networks are great and bicycle riders are given high priority. Watch out for the on coming bicycle riders as they don’t stop and they do not expect you to be in their way at any given time.
A ticket to Amsterdam along with a free 3nights 4days stay with a city tour included??? Does this sound like a dream or something you might have secretly wished for once and never though it would come true? Well, this EID was one of the most memorable EID holidays ever in my entire life here in the middle-east. I actually won a free trip to Amsterdam on radio – SUNO1024 fm which was sponsored by AFC Holidays and all they required was valid documentation to travel. Yes, I literally had to pinch my self to believe that I was traveling to Amsterdam for free and honestly, I’ve never won anything before on radio. So, for those of you who have not, don’t get disheartened, there is always a first time and its worth the wait.
We were a bunch of 30 people who won the trip from Dubai. I was grateful to have been given this opportunity to have met 3 gorgeous ladies at the briefing session a day prior to our flight. Introducing …. Amar who works for a PR firm and she is a very dear friend as well, Tehzeeb is a Marketing professional and a great blogger checkout her blog on food, beauty and fashion: The Tezzy Files great reads guaranteed, and finally Heena who comes from a Finance background. It din’t take us long to get to know one another and we were all rocking the boat together like it was meant to be.
bump into one every now and then. This is definitely one for the picture album :). Quite an unusual sight for us Middle-Easterns.
Amsterdam Canal Ride
This was indeed the most exciting part of the tour where we set off on a cruise through the picturesque canals of Amsterdam. It was an experience itself and every moment felt picture perfect. The scenic waters of Amsterdam are the highlight of the city and an artists paradise. The tour was for approximately an hour and was worth every moment. It felt like scenes out of a movie where people where enjoying a drink or perhaps celebrating their bachelors on their personal yachts or hired yachts, some oldies where enjoying some time off their regular rotuine and some newly weds having the time of their life. The cafes and houses alongside the canals provide a perfect backdrop to the city and its most memorable when discovered on a cruise.
We longed to find a rustic cafe to experience the real feel of the cafe culture in Amsterdam after a relaxed cruise tour. The next thing we could think of was some NUTELLA indulgence. When on a holiday I feed my soul and if that calls for nutella crepes and sinful delights, BRING IT ON :). The four of us always had space to have nutella crepes every single day while our stay in Amsterdam, no matter what or how full our bellies were! It brought never ending smiles to our faces and it was some serious fixation – Confession!
While walking around the streets we spotted this quaint little cafe – CRERE BAR and we knew this is it! This was crepe heaven and we were in awe of the rustic interiors and the list of crepes on the menu. I always end up ordering the so called Black & White crepe (Nutella & Banana crepe) with a cappuccino as that is one thing I can’t go wrong ordering with. The crepe tasted out of this world. Absolutely, well done with a batter that literally melted in my mouth and nothing like it when you really are that hungry! It fed my heart, soul and whatever I could think of at that moment! This certainly was Crepe perfection! If you are strolling around the streets of Amsterdam and you are craving to indulge into sweet-something then this is it!!! It is a must-must-must visit! I can go on and omnomnom and on …. haha!
Enough said about the Crepe Bar. Now moving on to the next spot on the bucket list while visiting Amsterdam…
The Infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam
When you think of Amsterdam you think of Canals, Cannabis and the Red Light District. Not surprisingly this district is swarming with crowds around the later hours of the day and the red neon lights illuminate the inky canals. De Wallen as known in Dutch is one of the most famous district among the three others in Amsterdam. It is one of the oldest areas in Amsterdam and houses canals, mansions, shops, cafes, restaurants, erotic retail shops/ museums etc. It is advised to visit the area in a group and it is strictly forbidden to take pictures of the windows as you pass by.
Dinner at Weigh House or In De Waag
Dam Square is a town square in central Amsterdam and is famous for its noticeable tall architectural structures and historical significance. It has a great vibe with a rush of travelers at all times for its major attractions on all sides. The tall white stone pillar was built in 1956 to memorize the victims of World War II now dominates the other side of the square.
Hope you enjoyed reading through Day 1 of our experience in Amsterdam. Share your travel experiences in Amsterdam. I would love to read them and I shall feature the most amazing ones on my blog.