Monday, 6 May 2013

I Am...sterdam

3 weeks today until the big departure. The countdown has officially begun.
I took these photos 20 years ago when I was last in Holland. I spent most of my time there in The Hague staying with friends but we did manage one rather eventful trip to Amsterdam. As fun as it was at the time I'm rather thankful we wont be staying at Bob's Youth Hostel this time.

I've made a list of links to help us navigate more than the houses, Anne Frank's House, Van Gogh Museaum and red light district while exploring this crazy and notoriously colourful town.

I amsterdam
NY times travel article 'The Amsterdam of Playgrounds and Pancakes'
Babyccino kids Amsterdam
A day in Amsterdam with LUXE City Guides
36 Hours in Ansterdam, NY Times.
Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam, Nomadic Matt
Petite Passports Favorites Guide to Amsterdam
All the goodness over at This Girl Lel.
103 weeks: An American expat in Amstaerdam.
A selection of expat blogs on I Amsterdam

To do things:
Rondvaartboot / boat tour in the canals (if possible by twilight)
Van Gogh museum
Scheepsvaartmuseum (pirate ships)
Madame Tousaud

IJ-Hallen flea market...although unfortunately the dates don't coincide for this trip.
oh la la Options Contemporary Department Store looks a little dangerous.
A couple for Z Poptasi, dangerously good macaroons and the Miffy Store.
Amazing eco-supermarket Bilder & De Clercq.

A list of galleries in Amsterdam and an article in The Guardian, 10 of the best independent galleries in Amsterdam.

Eating with kids
The Lobster House: a must stop for Lobster Burgers or a Tuna Burger with Wasabi mayonaise.
Le 4 stagioni
De Kompaszaal
De Kas
Two for Joy coffee roasters: Haarlemmerdijk 182, Amsterdam. Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 7pm. Sat – Sunday 8am – 6pm.Also: Frederiksplein 29, Amsterdam. Same opening times.

A fun waterfront bar great for chilling out in the afternoon sun Hannekes Boom Dijksgracht 4, 1019BS Amsterdam. Open from 11am 1am Friday's, and Saturday from 11am to 3am.

Strole around:
9 straatjes (9 little streets)
De Pijp (also market there)
Nieuwmarkt (part of the redlight district. Got a facelift, especially Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat)

Our time is limited here, 4days, but if you have any other tips for us. I'd love to hear. Thanks Nynke & her Dutch buddies for the tips.


Bruise Mouse said...

Three weeks! That has come along so quickly.
You must all be so excited.
Looks like you will be getting the most out of every day.

Melinda Melou said...

Oh BM, in reality I'm sure we'll get to see only a fraction but at least we have great choices to make.
It's coming around so fast....nervous & excited x

Deeapaulitan said...

I've been missing your photos. I thought of you as our weather began to warm here (FINALLY) and thought you must be in the throws of Autumn, but see you are taking time away to bask in the warmth of Bali and see the sights of Amsterdam! Have a blessed time! Hugs!

Melinda Melou said...

Hi D, I've been meaning to pop by and say hello. I'll have to get back to posting over at Project has somewhat distracted me lately. Big hugs to you too.

Anna said...

We went to this restaurant - in 2006 and it was so nice, a bit of a special treat... not sure how it would be with kids though (but that could just be because I had none at the time so didn't pay attention). It was so yummy :)

Melinda Melou said...

Ohhh la la, thanks for the tip Anna. It looks great will add it to the list and see how we go. :)


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