Welcome to the first weekend recap in a while. Mark and I flew Thursday night, spending three nights at the W Amsterdam. I have been to the capital of the Netherlands many times – after flipping back through photos and tickets, six times before this weekend in Amsterdam. My 7th trip had no real itinerary, just a last minute plan for mark and I to get away. London was having another heatwave and unlike our visit to the Canary Islands it was also quite warm in Holland. After working on Friday we had a nice time exploring the city despite the heatwave. Here are so my favorite shots.
We rode around the “spiderweb” of the canals on a bike tour and given it was 34°C (93°F) the pictures of me from the actual tour are not cute, so here is a pretty Jordaan neighbourhood.
For three nights we stayed for three nights a the W Hotel, one of my favorite spots in the city, and enjoyed breakfast at Mr. Porter every morning.
We enjoyed an hour long boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam, we did not see even a fraction as there are 165 canals and 1,200 bridges but the highlights were gorgeous.
Took in all the greats at the Rijksmuseum, a museum is the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch arts and history. My favorites were The Milkmaid by Vermeer and Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh but the most famous is shown below, The Night Watch by Rembrandt.
I showed Mark around the flower market, Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world. Unlike Columbia Road Flower Market in England this one does not have many actual flowers or trees, but there are countless bulbs and seeds.
In addition to breakfast we enjoyed good seafood – Friday night mussels at Mossel & Gin and tuna steak at Mr. Crab Seafood Restaurant on Saturday night.
Throughout Amsterdam there are many bikes covered in faux flowers and I thought this one was particularly cute despite its’ somber location outside of the Anne Frank house.
What did you do this weekend? Was it like our weekend in Amsterdam?