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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A Winter Trip To Amsterdam

If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you may already know that last week my friend Jess and I took a trip to the beautiful city of Amsterdam for a few days. I'd already been last year and I absolutely loved it. It's one of the prettiest cities I've ever visited, full of personality and history, along with a few very bizarre things too! I could never tire of wandering through the winding streets and down by the canals, looking at the tall, thin buildings and the Rosie and Jim style canal boats. It's such an amazing place and I don't think you can fully appreciate it until you actually go and see it for yourself. 

A lot of people choose to take the ferry over to Amsterdam but Jess and I decided to fly from Manchester. It worked out incredibly cheap and we got a lot longer in the city than if we had gotten the ferry as sometimes you can get just a few hours. The flight took literally fifty minutes on the way there. Seriously, fifty. It takes Jess longer to get to work on a morning!! We stayed in a lovely budget 4* hotel right in the centre of the city, just a few minutes walk away from Centraal Station, called Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Centre and if you're looking for a cheap, spacious and clean base for your trip I would definitely recommend it. Amsterdam can be a tricky city to navigate, given the very narrow streets and canals so it is a good idea to have a really central hotel so that once you've gotten your bearings you can find your way back from anywhere. 

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Not surprisingly, it absolutely poured down for 90% of the time we were there and it was absolutely bloody freezing but we wrapped up warm and braved the cold and had an absolutely fantastic time, despite a few hiccups like getting my Michael Kors purse stolen out of my bag. I'm no stranger to big cities and I'm completely aware of the dangers of pick pockets in big crowds meaning I'm always so careful with my bag but it just shows that you can never, ever be too careful. It's such a shame that it happened but thankfully it worked out alright and we didn't let it spoil our trip but it's just a warning to keep your bag as close as possible whilst you're away in any big city, whether you're abroad or in your hometown! 

Amsterdam is beautiful in the rain anyway and we still managed to see all of the main tourist attractions, including the Iamsterdam letters and so much more. I'll be doing a post about what we did tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for that! Also, the rain gave us an excuse to go inside and eat a lot of pancakes and Nutella so that's always a plus too! 

Amsterdam is definitely a city full of culture, art and history and is one of those cities that has something for everyone, whether you're a big drinker and want to go for the party, or whether you're an artsy traveller looking for new experiences and history. Decent hotels are cheap and the flights are budget friendly and extremely short so you have no excuse not to visit at some point!

Posts coming soon about the best places to eat and things to do in winter! 

Amy x

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  1. These pictures were so perfect!Love your look and all your photos!

  2. Hooray, how handy. I'm going next week so looking forward to seeing your recommendations

    ~ Melissa

  3. I absolutely love Amsterdam any time of year, people presume it is all about the drugs and sex but there is so much more to it. Can't wait to read you next post ion where to eat.

    Emma Inks

  4. Amsterdam is one of my absolute favourite European cities, and seeing these beautiful photos is really making me want to go back! Sadly it's a bit of an epic journey from Melbourne to Europe :(

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  5. I went to Amsterdam this time last year and I want to go back SO bad! Hope you had a fab time hun xx

  6. I went to Amsterdam last year and took a picture with a klompen too! It's the cutest thing :) love the Nutella chairs! Hoping to go there soon x


  7. I really really want to go to Amsterdam.
    I feel like everyone is going. :)
    It would truly be an amazing trip :)


  8. Ooh, we're hoping to go to Amsterdam in April - this has definitely got me feeling motivated to book those flights! Will be checking back for your recommendations for sure!

    Sophie :-)

    October's Girl Blog

  9. I need to explore Amsterdam! Only passed through with a layover there whilst going to Estonia. xx


  10. I was here for New Years and had the best time! Seeing your pictures is making me want to go back! Can't believe how empty the Iamsterdam sign is, it was bunged when I was there!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  11. I've never been, but I'd definitely love to! It's just never at the top of my 'to see' list. Also, props to you for having your purse stolen and then committing to having a good time anyway! I would love that kind of resilience x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajanemusic.com

  12. Awww its too bad about your bag, glad you had fun though, that nutella chair looks like bliss <3333 cant wait for your next post!

  13. Absolutely love that quote, "don't be a tourist be a traveler!"
    Great photos! X


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