Wednesday, 10 February 2016

4 days in Amsterdam


One of the main things that made me fall in love with this city was the street art. For many years I have followed an artist called Fafi on Social Media, but I have never actually seen any of her work in real life which was one of the highlights.
Another one of the tourist attractions is the Sex Museum, located around a 2 minute walk from Amsterdam Central. For 4 euros your visit is short but sweet. You are in there for around 15/20 minutes depending how involved you get when visiting museums. If you are someone that isn't a prude and doesn't get embarrassed by looking at pictures of things that you can only imagine surrounded by random people then this is the place for you, plus I'm a sucker for some neon lights.

Then comes the Red Light District. You never know what to expect in these kind of situations but we were casually walking around walking through canal to canal and all of a sudden you're in the middle of the Red Light District and it just hits you. This weird feeling that I never felt before and not because its seedy or uncomfortable but because its something that you never have experienced before and it truly fascinated me, I couldn't take my eyes off them. Yeah, it's a bit weird when you see men bargaining prices with these women but I must say fair play to them.


Walking around at night and taking in all the beautiful architecture and walking over the bridges over the canals is just amazing. Although Amsterdam reminded me of London because of its quirky architecture and fashionistas, it is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to and I am planning going back there sometime this year as there are so many more places, art, markets I would like to visit.

Must See Sights
1. Amsterdam Museum - 12.50
If you like infographics, painting my talented artists, and looking at graffiti then this place is for you.

https://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/

2. Red Light District - free
If you're not a prude and fancy seeing some boobies and pretty ladies then this is the place for you.

3.  I Amsterdam letters - free
Yeah, its a massive tourist attraction but in front of the letters there is a beautiful ice rink (go in the night, seriously pretty) and there is also a large green area (only beneficial in the summer months)

4. Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui - free
This is a book marker that we stumbled on. It was so lovely, lots of different stalls filled to the brim with all different kinds of books. They also sold prints of everything Amsterdam, also different prints of famous artists work. Make sure to check out the stalls outside Waterstones, where i saw the most beautiful flowes

Must Visit Coffee Shops
1. BasJoe - Kloveniersburgwal 62, 1012 CX
If you are in to that 'thing' and you like hip hop music then this is the place to be. This coffee shop was the first place we visited after taking our luggage to the accommodation. It was super chill, and the music was great.

2. Prix D'ami - Haringpakkerssteeg 3, 1012 BV Amsterdam, Netherlands
So imagine going to a nightclub, lets say Oceana where you have different floors and different rooms well Prix D'Ami is like that but its super chill with really comfy seats and big pillows and some TV screens. That's right, a club with comfy sofas and large pillows, heaven.

Amy
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