Yes, it’s true. Everyone really does ride bikes.
Some of you may know if you follow my instagram, that I went to Amsterdam at the beginning of May to start the many travels I have planned this year. And let me tell you – it’s the best place I’ve been so far.
We flew out of Southampton airport to Amsterdam on Friday evening to spend the weekend mooching around, eating great food and making memories.
The flight was surprisingly short, it only took us 40 minutes out there as we had tail winds (which was great for me considering I hate flying!).
We went out for some drinks in the evening at the Hard Rock Bar, trying not to get run over by cyclists, but I put the camera away to enjoy the evening with my girls. The hotel we stayed in was called the Alfred Hotel, for a 3 star it was really good! Beds were super comfy and the room was clean and the bathroom modern – most importantly it was cheaper for us.
The next morning we had booked tickets to go to the Van Gogh museum, on our way we stopped by this cafe, I think it was called Blushing. It was very ‘instagramable’. I had watermelon and pomegranate pressed juice and it was lovely! We then made our way over to the museum – but no cameras were aloud so the rest will have to be to your imagination! I have to say, I was a little bit unsure about going – it never really interested me much. However, I was pleasantly surprised, I never knew he created so many paintings (approximately one a day for a whole year before his death). Everything was so fascinating – I highly recommend.
After the museum, we were starving so we strolled around pretty canals to find Pluk – a place known for it’s instagram worthy breakfasts.
Me and Ellen took the last two unicorn bowls and Len had lemon and poppyseed cake. The unicorn bowl consisted of strawberries and bananas with a light granola and chia seeds topping it off. It was absolutely amazing – the queue was worth it!
We then rented some bikes from the hotel and toured round the Vondelpark and canals – almost getting hit by cars (typical british tourists!). In the evening we went to the Heineken experience which was incredible and then to see what the night life is like. Before that we got some pizza delivered from Sugo – it’s honestly the best I’ve had in my life. Baked on homemade ciabatta and sourdough. I mean, how could you not?!
On Sunday, our last morning, we were craving some pancakes. So made the 30 minute walk to Mook. It was definitely worth the walk. I had the chocolate sensation pancakes – they were the lightest fluffiest pancakes ever and they even sold the pancake mix that you could take home! Kind of regretting I didn’t now! Super filling and healthy? ish? There was fruit involved – thats healthy in my eyes!
We then spent the rest of the day wandering about before catching our evening flight back to Southampton.
If you’ve been thinking about going to Amsterdam, or even haven’t given it a second thought then I urge you to go. I mean, if the food isn’t enough to tempt you what will?! It was the best time I’ve ever had with my girls and I loved every second.