Not only was the price very reasonable, every single need of ours was catered for and more.
Included in our stay was:
– Double bed (insanely comfortable mattress and pillows)
– Unreal bed and balcony views over city
– iPhone with unlimited 3G for use during stay (google maps!)
– Fresh fruit and bread every morning + access to cupboards FULL of amazing food.
– Kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer.
– Shower, Bath, Bathrobes, Clean towels.
– Access to bikes and locks for use around Amsterdam.
Like really – what more could we want.
Yes we were just outside Amsterdam but the bus stopped right outside the doorstep, took 10 minutes and they come every 10 minutes too!
(Takes 5 minutes on the bike into the centre).
Anywho, I know you love a photo, so here’s our place in piccys…
With a fully packed itinerary of things to do and see in Amsterdam we dropped our bags and headed straight back into the centre to get our bearings and have a nosy around…
And of course a bite to eat to fuel our little legs…
We actually happened to stumble across this perfect little spot on the Canal called Cafe de Jaren. We each stacked our plates with goodies from the fresh salad bar ($10 euro) and sat in the mid morning sunshine.
One of those perfectly peaceful little moments…
We sat in the sun and watched the world (boats) go by before setting back off to explore more of our new territory…
It didn’t take long before we got distracted once again by food.
Amsterdam, you see, has 2 signature smells. One being, cannabis, the other being freshly baked waffles.
If you are weak for a waffle fragrance (like me) then it’s a good job there’s so much walking and cycling to be done in Amsterdam.
In we went to Del Gelato…
Waffle topped with Nutella, Banana ice-cream, Walnuts and Strawberries (makes it healthy right?).
Amsterdam is pretty much a maze of canals and beautiful streets filled with the cutest of houses, coffee shops, and markets.
The best way, i had heard, to get a full sense of Amsterdam is on one of the Canal Cruises.
Most of the cruises board from near Central Station, and vary in price from $9 – $23 depending on what’s included.
We went with Lovers Canal Tour, which departs every half an hour and was $16 for an hours cruisin’.
(Not sure why we didn’t go for the $9 next door but hey ho).
After securing a better idea of Amsterdam and seeking out places to venture back to it was 7pm and we headed back to our apartment to freshen up for dinner.
Would i recommend the Canal Cruise?
Yes and no.
I personally think if you do, do it at the beginning of your trip and go for the cheapest option (they really don’t differ for the standard hour cruise).
It was great to get the bigger picture of Amsterdam, but you can’t stop at bits that you like and i find that quite restricting.
I guess it’s just that you can see most of what you see on the boat by just walking / cycling.