Twee is actually the word for two in Dutch – how cute is that?!
It was horribly rainy on our last full day in Amsterdam (boo!) so although we ate lots of yummy food and explored lots during less rainy moments, it was so cold and grey that I didn’t take many photos! Our day started with a picnic in Vondelpark (freezing cold, but still a gorgeous space and it must be so lovely in the summer!) and then we went to the Van Gogh museum. I don’t really know that much about Van Gogh apart from what I learnt in school (and the crazy stuff with the ear), but the museum was honestly breathtaking – so so beautiful and I loved reading the back story to each painting, as well as the story of Van Gogh’s busy and not always particularly happy life, especially the many, many letters that he wrote to his brother.
We bought fast track tickets from the New Europe tour so it turned out to be just €15 each and worth every cent! After the museum we found the most adorable café among a really beautiful area of canals, and ate toasties and fresh mint tea and tried to warm up before heading to Albert Cuypmarket, a large open air ‘flea market’. It certainly is massive, but I wasn’t too crazy about it (mainly because it was raining and I couldn’t find any churros), it reminded of Whitechapel road market – great for DVDs, hardware, homeward or pretty much anything else you might need, but not really the flea market I was hoping for. Nearby, I found a Vintage kilo store, and sent Rob off to a supermarket (he loves supermarkets so he was happy) while I stole twenty minutes to browse the amazing selection of vintage, which was all sold by weight, so I managed to get four t-shirts for just €5 each – beat that Brick Lane!
It was still pretty rainy, so we headed back into the city centre for some simple retail therapy, (and waffles) in the main shopping streets leading off of Dam Square. Luckily, Amsterdam is still charming, even in the rain, but by the time we got into a restaurant that night I was soaked to the skin (and not a happy bunny, see figure 1)
I really hope I’ll be back in Amsterdam soon! It’s such a nice place for a weekend away, if you’ve got plans to visit, I recommend the CitizenM hotel, which is a really fantastic option (that’s not too pricey) and is just a fifteen minute tram ride from the centre. We found it really welcoming, and we loved the communal lounge areas downstairs, as well as the free films and sassy bath products (my shower gel told me to ‘get up and face the day’ every morning, which was inspirational and also strange). The only thing I would say is that the compact layout of the room means that the bathroom and shower are in little cubicles within the room, rather than in a separate room, so it’s not a room you’d want to stay in with anybody but a very good friend – ha! It was comfy and warm and they had an awesome mood lighting system though, and we loved staying there.
Happy to be back in London (my one true love) and I’m even more excited to make travel plans for summer now!