Travel: Weekend Break to Amsterdam

Guess where I spent my weekend?  Amsterdam.  I have been to several European cities but Amsterdam definitely takes my number one spot for places to visit.  Despite the continuous rain my BF and I had a lovely time exploring the city. We stayed at Hotel Casa 400 which was out of town but within easy reach of Amsterdam Amstel Station with connections to Trams, Metro and Trains – perfect for getting to and from the airport as well as into the city centre.  I recommend our Hotel it was modern and clean with friendly staff and good value for money.

We spent 3 days exploring the city on foot or by public transport.  We enjoyed a canal boat trip, visited the Van Gogh Museum and my favourite place was The Handbag and Purses Museum.

There was an extensive choice of cafes/restaurants but my favourite place to eat was Bagels & Beans and Soen (Thai food).

We also stopped at Wok to Walk, Maoz Falafel and V&D La Place Restaurant.  The one bad thing I have to say about Amsterdam is Vegetarian food was relatively easy to find but a Vegan diet was harder to accommodate.  Unfortunately, the Dutch love their cheese so not good for someone like me who is allergic to milk. 

We did plenty of window shopping but my BF makes a lousy shopping buddy and gets a bit grumpy, typical man.  It would have been far better if I had the Girls with me.  I did stumble across a chain of stores called De Tuinen which caught my attention.  It was the place to go to if you wanted stock up on free from skin care.  I had a good browse but found mainly brands I already used or recognised.  The exchange rate meant prices were the same as at home so I did not bother to stock up.

Here are a few holiday snaps.  I was sad to leave Amsterdam but it was nice to come home to birthday presents and cards.