Happy Monday everyone! Over the weekend, we finally ventured out of the city of Maastricht and made our way to Amsterdam. The weather could not have been more perfect for a day spent outside as a tourist.
We arrived about 1p and hit the ground running (ok, maybe not running but you get the idea). I had made a detailed list of everything I wanted to see and the order in which to see them lol. This actually made things so much easier with the kids because in the past while traveling, we've been known to just show up in a new city and see what happens... not such a good idea with three kiddos.
We parked in the city center and went from there, exploring through this wonderful, vibrant city. We saw every major attraction and had the best Italian dinner about 200 meters from the Anne Frank House Museum. Unfortunately though, we were unable to go inside the Anne Frank House because the lines were just too long and the kids were not having it. I guess we'll just have to go back again and plan on long lines.
If you have not been to Amsterdam, let me just tell you it's such an amazing city! I fell in love right away. Maybe due to the weather being so perfect but everyone was in a great mood, hanging out on their boats, parties everywhere and kids enjoying running in the parks and grass areas. The city is pretty youthful and carefree, it was such a relaxed atmosphere to be in. If you can get over the whiffs of cannabis smoke every now and then (more on that in tomorrow's post), then I think most people would find Amsterdam to be a pretty special city. Even my hubs, who has been dragging his feet on visiting the city, enjoyed it. We've even been talking about the possibility of living abroad there one day (yes, we are crazy people).
Please enjoy just a bit of the millions of touristy pictures I took...my favorite being when we found the bench from the book/movie A Fault in Our Stars *major fan girl moment ha!
|Back side of the Rijksmuseum|
|The National Monument|
|Bench from A Fault in Our Stars|
Have a wonderful Monday!