When a girls’ trip to Amsterdam was suggested, I had my reservations. The image that instantly popped into my head was that of boozy stag-dos stumbling their way from club to club trying not to fall in a canal. How wrong I was!
Amsterdam is so beautiful and quaint, with a different eye-catching quirk around every corner. For anyone with even the mildest interest in photography, it is the perfect city with so much to capture. From the views, to the people, to the flowers, to the bicycles, I was completely charmed!
We stayed in a cute AirBnb in the centre of town. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Foodhallen, we certainly never went hungry. The view from the fourth floor apartment’s terrace made for a wonderful view with a morning coffee…or a nightcap!
On the Saturday, just around the corner from the apartment was the Amsterdam food market. Having lived in France, I am a great appreciator of a weekend market and can honestly say it is one of the elements I have missed the most since returning to the UK. So, I was very excited to satisfy my need to visit another European market full of freshly picked and caught produce.
Within five seconds of stepping out of the taxi that picked us up from the airport, I had nearly been run over by a bicycle. They are everywhere, and they certainly rule the road! Once I had learned to be a much more cautious pedestrian, I couldn’t help but enjoy watching the cyclists as they travelled from A to B in such a carefree way. The bicycles came in all colours and styles, and all as individual as the commuters riding them.
I couldn’t help but have a go at some cycling myself, out of the city in the safety of the Dutch countryside. Time passes very quickly when you’re cycling on a beautifully sunny day with miles and miles of tulips in the background.
It may not have been the typical Amsterdam trip that most twenty one year olds embark on, but I certainly had an unforgettable weekend. I cannot wait to return to this simply charming, relaxing city.