Sunday, 8 March 2015

Seventeenth Century Canal Ring.

I took a short trip mid February to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, coincidently flying out from Manchester Airport on Valentines Day with my boyfriend Marshall, and oh what a wonderful trip it was.
Everything about Amsterdam is what I adore in a city, it was vibrant, cultural, picture-esque and definitely interesting to say the least. A short flight with the duration just under an hour I couldn't say no to a city break.

I wanted to discover hidden gems in the city and not just see the notorious tourist attractions, although some of them are a must.

Our hotel of choice for our three night stay was citizenM Amsterdam,
an abstract hotel situated outside of the hustle&bustle of the city, with a tram stop just outside to head into the central areas.
Not only our hotel easy to find with its own check-in check-out simplistic self service but our room was insane due to the size of the bed.. XL King Size with the "softest and fluffiest pillows" (a quote taken from their website), it made the end of our day enjoyable knowing we was hopping into luxury at night!
Not to mention the iPad that each room in the hotel came with, allowing you to control almost anything from the tap of a button, such as.. electronic blinds closing on your command, tv controls and mood lighting. All very exciting..

Although getting out of bed in the morning may have been a struggle we wanted to make the most of our short trip. We spent the majority of the time exploring, wandering cobbled streets and gazing at the beautiful canals all over the city, coming across boutique stores and afternoon cafes. 

Wandering the streets.

Eat : Recommendations 

Wok To Walk for a light easy quick meal to keep you going, noodles and chicken was a personal favourite of mine. I may have made a few visits to Wok To Walk, I loved the relaxed vibe inside and the music playing, quick service for a delicious healthy meal!

Wok To Walk - Balcony seat ft Marshall tucking into his noodles.

Things To Do
The Red Light District : There seems to be a stigma surrounding the Red Light District in Amsterdam, but if wandering with a partner or group of friends it is a safe place, and extremely fascinating. Visiting the red light district at night is a must, crowds of people and bars and restaurants around this area are worth visiting!

Canal Boat Trip : I highly recommend taking a boat ride around the canals during the day time, it lasts an hour and a half and takes you round areas of the city that you wouldn't discover yourself.
It also takes you past the Anne Frank Museum at slow speed so you have enough time to get some pictures! 

Hiring Bikes : Hiring bikes in the heart of the city can seem a little stressful as Amsterdam is famous for the amount of cyclists so it can b overwhelming and very busy, but if taken to the right areas then its perfect, I suggest visiting Vondelpark.

Visiting Famous Landmarks : We accidentally stumbled across many landmarks whilst just wandering around the city, but nevertheless each one was beautiful, such as the Royal Palace of Amsterdam placed right in the heart of Dam Square - a vibrant area of Amsterdam with lots of things to do!

Shop : We discovered a shopping area in the heart of Amsterdam home to shops such as Urban Outfitters, Dr. Martens, Mac and of course Cos (I couldn't possibly go shopping without accidentally spending 80 euros on a cardigan from Cos - oops) which is also ideally placed next to Fred Perry, which kept Marshall satisfied. Situated between 5/10 minutes away from Dam Square - cobbled streets bound to have at least one of your favourite shops.

Royal Palace, Dam Square Amsterdam.

I plan to visit Amsterdam during the summer as I am travelling around Europe for 28 days with Marshall and would love to hear any recommendations of more places to visit in Amsterdam and things to do/places to see! I can't possibly write about my whole experience in this enticing city but I hope this short post helps! 

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