June 2015, the month I visited Amsterdam with my best friend and righthand girl, Viks. Now, when you think of young people in Amsterdam the usual images of partying, legal highs and naked ladies did not apply, we spent a lovely week living it up as honorary OAP's, no really, it was so chill!
We decided to stay a little outside the city in Volendam, and without a space cake or red light in sight we sat back and relaxed at Hotel Spaander.
Hotel Spaander was utterly amazing and I would recommend anyone to visit! We spent every evening in the spa and enjoyed stunning sea views from our balcony, it couldn't of been more perfect.
Neither myself or Viks had been to Amsterdam before and my expectations were dwindling after hearing reports of alcohol fuelled weekenders which aren't really my cup of tea. But after a quick Google and browse through the Lonely Planet travel guide my worries were gone and I was left looking at Amsterdam with fresh eyes
Looking back on our time in Amsterdam I still find it hilarious how many maps we needed to travel around the city. We somehow ended up with 4 maps and still got lost!? I feel that we were probably being little dumb here but it made for some great laughs and I would advise anyone visiting the city for the first time to take a good map with you!
In between relaxing in the spa and getting repeatedly lost here's what we got up to:
Anne Franks Huis:
Before arriving in Amsterdam I was really excited to visit the world famous Anne Franks Huis, that was until I saw the queue... While it was a great experience I don't think I'd revisit after spending 3+ hours just waiting to get through the door!
The Artis zoo:
I'm a lover of zoos, well nice zoos who look after their animals, and I really enjoyed our day at the Artis. It turned out to be the hottest day of our holiday and we were happy to be away from the city centre heat and under a little shade.
To give our feet a little rest we bought a ticket for a canal cruise, this made it easy to see a little more of the city a lot quicker! The breeze and break from the heat was also amazing!
The sex museum:
After hearing so much about it we decided we just couldn't resist... Probably the weirdest museum I have ever step foot in!
After a few days in the city we took the bus to Zandervoort and enjoyed a day on the coast. If you're heading to Amsterdam soon, you have yo visit this adorable seaside town!
The Amsterdam ice bar:
Our canal cruise tickets came as part of a deal which got us into the ice bar. I loved it in here, the atmosphere was brilliant and accompanied with a good strong cocktail was the perfect end to a busy day!
As possibly the world's fussiest eater I was a little worried about what I would eat in Amsterdam but we soon found my sweet tooth was catered for!
It's safe to say that our time in Amsterdam was amazing, even if it wasn't quite what you'd expect from a couple of young ladies! We're now busy planning our next trip, will it be Rome or Barcelona?