“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy”
– Anne Frank
Beautiful brown Amsterdam.
It feels like an oxymoron to describe a city in this way but never has brown been so aesthetically pleasing!
We arrived in The Netherlands capital for a three-day New Years getaway with my (Phoebe) parents who ventured this side of the pond for a Christmas visit.
– Amsterdam is so close to London. It’s just a 35 minute flight away!
– Accommodation. We stayed just outside of Amsterdam on a houseboat in Zaandam. The Dutch Waffles and the champagne (both a gift from the host) went down a treat, and it was incredible to sit in the house boat and watch all the neighbours’ fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Once we arrived at our accommodation and dropped off the luggage, it was of course time to explore Amsterdam.
Day 1 included a wander of Jordaan and Dam Square followed by a canal cruise.
Day 2 (New Year’s Eve) began with some wanderings and a moving morning at the Anne Frank House (no photos taken here).
From here, we went to Museum van Loon, which is one of the finest canal-houses in Amsterdam. It’s fitted-out with original decor from the 1600s.
Then, some more street wandering…
…the Floating Flower Market…
…followed by a quick trip to Vondelpark…
…then a quick trip to the Christmas Markets (including some sweet treats)…
…From here, we headed back to the houseboat and enjoyed the fireworks of our Dutch neighbours!
The next morning, we headed out to a quaint little village called Zaanse Schans. It’s an open-air museum, with heritage all throughout the town.
After this, it was time for the Heineken Experience…
… and to finish off the trip, we spent our last hour ice-skating outdoors. What an incredible scene!
Amsterdam. There’s nothing left to say that the pictures haven’t said already.What you have to do now is experience it for yourself!
C + P