June 20, 2008

A Weekend in Amsterdam

After spending last Friday in Paris (more on that later,) I headed off to meet up my friends (who flew in from London) in Amsterdam for the weekend. We met at the Centraal Station and took the tram to our hotel. The trams make getting around very easy and convenient, although we stayed pretty much within one area for the whole weekend so we mostly walked.

Once we got out of the Centraal Station, we saw this church on the left. We took pictures because it looks so pretty but we weren't bothered to get closer. Throughout the trip, we see other churches around. Afterwards, we went to the famous Anne Frank House, which was very interesting. Unlike most museums you don't actually see a lot of artifacts in the House, but the presentations you see when you walk through each room of the House really gives you a sense of what happened and how it felt.

At night we visited the Red Light District, which was very interesting. I've definitely not seen any 'shops' like the ones there before. It was also really uncomfortably crowded so we didn't stay long.

On Sunday morning, we went to the Van Gogh Museum. I thought it was going to be just another art museum (-I've never studied art so I can't say I know how to fully appreciate art museums,) but it actually turned out to be pretty interesting. The museum splits Van Gogh's work into different time periods and the presentation boards have good descriptions that explain those time periods. As you walk along, you can really see the development and influence in his artwork even if you're not an artist yourself.

My favourite thing to do there was just walking along the canals, admiring the quaint little town feeling of the area and relaxing in the many coffee shops. So pretty and relaxing!

Along the canals, there were some boat houses. Not that I would ever want to live in one but isn't this one look so cute?

Before leaving on Sunday afternoon, we went peddle-boating (-is that the correct term?) Basically we water-cycled in the canals. Even though we didn't seem to be able to master the steering device and kept bumping into the walls and boat houses, it was so fun! It was a great way to just enjoy the sights without getting bored.

Now I understand why people seem to like going to Amsterdam to relax for a weekend!
Image Credit: http://www.vangoghmuseum.com/ and my friend, L


Anonymous Anonymous said...

=) im glad you had such a nice time! i'm off there with some friends in a few days' time and im sure we'll be doing lots of the same things, especially relaxing in the many cofee shops ;p xxx

6/20/2008 9:03 AM  
Blogger María said...

Lucky you, Amsterdam seems like a great place to visit. My sister was there a few months ago, and she loved it.

6/20/2008 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

such a lovely city! i'm glad the weather looks nice, and the canals have always been my favorite too... and the lovely gardening shops..

6/20/2008 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/20/2008 8:43 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

wow your pictures are really nice!
I want to visit Amsterdam someday.

So did any shopping there?

6/20/2008 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your travel posts!

6/21/2008 12:48 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Bryan -Nope, we basically sat around and went sightseeing. Although one friend did get a coat and some got cheese.

6/21/2008 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was there for two days last week! it was wonderful! and so different compare to where i live (NJ)

6/21/2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

OMG, the city is so pretty. I need to visit. I am trying to do more cultural and sightseeing activities instead of shopping. I do enough of that at home already.

6/21/2008 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drifted into your site a few months ago and it's really interesting. Love it.

Oh, and love Amsterdam too. Beautiful.

6/21/2008 4:13 PM  
Blogger The tai-tai (wannabe) said...

Hi! I am glad you enjoyed Amsterdam...I used to live there, but now I moved to Rotterdam, but I still work in Amsterdam, so I commute everyday...btw, how was shopping in Kalverstraat? or did you visit the shops in de negen straatjes???

6/21/2008 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's indeed great to see that you liked it! I have been following this blog for such a long time now and it's so nice to see you write something about the city where I live! Shopping in Amsterdam is really nice.

6/22/2008 7:53 PM  
Blogger alis said...

I wanna see Amsterdam so much, it looks beautiful, but my boyfriend is way too excited about the red light district! If I went with him do you think it would be more of an annoying experience for me, is the red light district anything like they say it to be?

6/22/2008 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in amsterdam!
it's amazing..im glad you had a great visit!
they have some amazing second hand shops where you can get individual pieces. and of course the kalverstraat :)

6/23/2008 7:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm pretty impressed you got a photo of the Red Light district. They're strictly no-camera zones. How did you manage it?

6/23/2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm heading to Europe for a few weeks this fall, Amsterdam is definitely on my list of must-visit cities! Thanks for this post.

6/23/2008 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you had a nice time here. I live in Gouda, and work in Amsterdam.
I'm sure you found your way pretty well in all the shops.
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7/06/2008 5:55 AM  
Blogger pitchaya said...

"My favourite thing to do there was just walking along the canals, admiring the quaint little town feeling of the area and relaxing in the many coffee shops. So pretty and relaxing!¨

exactly my thoughts when i went there for my summer holiday! it´s a lovely place :)

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