Monday, October 15, 2018

Amsterdam Part 2

Hello again! If you haven't already read part 1 of our Amsterdam trip, you'll probably want to go back here and read that first. Today I am picking up where I left off and finishing the rest of our trip.

So after our canal tour, we headed to the Anne Frank House. This is something we were told to book tickets for in advance because they sell out quickly, so as soon as I knew the dates we would be in Amsterdam I booked these tickets ASAP! They were the last 2 tickets available on this day and I booked them about 2 weeks in advance. This museum was everything you would expect it to be: moving, somber, and it almost had an eerie feeling to it. I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank in middle school and being so moved by it. But seeing the Secret Annex in person was truly incredible. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam this is a must see.

After Anne Frank, we made our way to Bhatti Pasal for dinner. We were in the mood for something different and Nepalese food sounded perfect. That's not something we can get easily at home! Over dinner we were discussing how we were supposed to leave for Bruges the following morning, and were excited but also wished we had more time in Amsterdam. After weighing our options, we decided not to spend 3 hours on a train ride to Bruges only to spend a half day there and take a 3 hour train ride back. We would rather spend our day in Amsterdam. 
So the following morning, we woke up, walked around a bit, and rented bicycles to ride around the city. We were SO happy we did this! On our flight home we both said this day of just leisurely going around the city was our favorite. 
When we were renting our bikes, a family with two young kids came in to rent bikes too and this was the bike they got for their kids to ride in. Isn't it so cute? The kids sit in the front and are buckled in with a little seat belt. 

 We stopped for a quick picture on one of the bridges. Striped Shirt/Jacket/Scarf (this scarf comes in 29 different colors and is only $15!)
We drove around to the botanical gardens, went to a brewery with a windmill, and then stopped by the rooftop of a hotel for a view of the city. 
 It was such a wonderful trip and we are sooo grateful that we were able to spend a long weekend together in such a beautiful, friendly, fascinating city. We hope to go back again one day!! Have any of you been there?? What were your favorite things to see and do??


  1. Wow!! I have never been to Amsterdam but looking at these photos makes me want to!! It looks so beautiful.

    1. It was never on my list of places to go, but so happy we went! It was beautiful!

  2. Amsterdam is a nice place to be
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  3. Amsterdam is on my must travel to list!! Looks amazing! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Would you say that you'd recommend the airbnb you stayed in? You didn't mention which one you stayed in unlike the restaurants that you stopped at. I know that for many travelers personal recommendations on places to stay are KEY! I won't stay somewhere that others wouldn't! HAHA!!

    1. Hi! So happy you asked... there's a reason I didn't mention our AirB&B. The location for our AirB&B was fantastic, I mean I don't think we could have found a better spot if we tried. That being said, our room was TEENY TINY. It worked for us because we were only there to sleep and shower, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to many people. It totally depends on how you like to travel. We didn't mind because we weren't in our room for long at all, but I know my parents are used to a little more space when traveling and wouldn't have liked it. I know European rooms are typically smaller than what we are used to in the US, but this was significantly smaller than any European room I've stayed in before. So if your number 1 priority is location, this place was perfect. If your number 1 priority is comfort... not so much. I'm happy to email you a link to our place if you want!