Dam y’all this post took way too long for me to write 😜 Sorry I just had to throw that in there at least once! A month ago, I was in Amsterdam with my husband and our two friends, Marc and Aliece! It is so fun traveling with friends and getting to experience a whole different part of the world together. Amsterdam could possibly be the most beautiful place that I’ve ever been to. Everything about this city is so quaint and welcoming. Everyone spoke such good English which was eye opening to me, I wish I could speak another language. I would 100% go back to Amsterdam but if I went back, I would want to spend more than 3 and a half days which is what we did this time. I would also maybe go when it’s a little warmer, it was 40s-50s while we were there which is SO cold to me. Mason was fine but I was cold most of the time. There is so much to do there and we definitely ran out of time to do it in. I’m so excited to share some pictures and what we did each day with you guys! If you’re thinking about traveling to Europe, you should definitely consider making the trip to Amsterdam. Also, if you don’t like looking at pictures then I’m so sorry because this post is going to have a lot! If I could include a hundred more pictures, I would but I think that would get a little boring.
Lol but really our first day in Amsterdam was a half day. We left Houston on Friday evening at 7! We flew Singapore Airlines which is AMAZING! Hands down the best airline that I have ever flown. We actually flew into Manchester and then caught a flight to Amsterdam from there. It was a day full of travel which is exhausting. I barely slept on the flight from Houston which is so weird because I normally can fall asleep anywhere! Once we arrived in Amsterdam, we checked into our Airbnb and we were off! We really didn’t do much besides walk around and go see the IAmsterdam sign which is so packed with people! It is so hard to get a decent picture there because of the amount of people there! We then ate dinner at a nearby restaurant and I was struggling, I need my sleep! We headed back to the Airbnb and then I passed out! 😴
This is the pose we always do and we had to duplicate it in Europe!
I thought this was so funny.. if you don’t, just keep scrolling lol
The day before we arrived, the annual tulip festival took place! I was so sad we missed it, but they do make these masssive floats out of flowers and then they park them in this other town in the Netherlands which is close to Amsterdam, Haarlem. We took a train to Haarlem to see the floats and y’all they were crazy!! I can’t imagine how much time went into these floats but they did smell absolutely amazing! Walking the streets and smelling the flowers was magical. We then headed to one of the largest flower gardens in the world, Keukenhof. It was the most beautiful place that I’ve ever seen in my life. Flowers were just EVERYWHERE!! And they were in these beautiful intricate patterns and I just fell in love. If I could just build a house in the middle of this garden, I would never leave. Keukenhof was massive!! We walked for hours and still definitely didn’t see it all. It’s only open for around 8 weeks every year and I am so glad we got to see this beautiful place. I thought my feet were going to fall off after all the walking but it was so worth it! I fell asleep on the train ride home.. I was exhausted!
I was cracking up at this float ^ Not sure why theres a cow in a teacup but why not?
This so perfectly depicts us 😂
We visited the Muiden Castle, the place my ancestors used to call home. LOL totally kidding but I wish! It was so neat! I love visiting castles because I can’t imagine people actually living there. It was really funny to see their bathrooms though because it was literally a hole in the castle that fell into the moat… those poor fish. After the castle, we went to see the Anne Frank house. I really wish we could have gone inside but I’m not joking when I say the line was blocks long!! It would have taken hours to wait in line. You can buy tickets in advance but when we planned this trip all of the tickets were already sold out. I want to come back to Amsterdam and go inside. It was so surreal to see the house in person. It’s actually much larger than I pictured in my head while reading the book. The section of the house that Anne Frank lived in, you can’t see from the street and it looks different than the front house. I just stood there for a moment staring at this house, it’s hard to imagine what went on in there. For dinner that night we ate at this tapas restaurant right by our Airbnb which was so good! We ended up getting the “surprise dinner” for what reason I’m not sure, but it ended up being delicious! They brought us 6 plates at a time of whatever those chose! Luckily for us, it all was normal food because I was worried! That night we went to the Red Light District because duh we had to! This place was unlike any other to say the least. It is definitely something you need to walk around and see for the experience. I read a TON of online reviews before we went saying how unsafe it was and how scary it is to be walking around. I did not feel this way at all! It is a crazy place to see but I did not feel unsafe, it’s worth going to just to say you’ve seen it because you definitely won’t see any place like it in the United States. You also can’t take pictures there so sorry but it is probably a good thing!
The Anne Frank house, you can’t even see the actual part of the house which she stayed in from this picture.
You can climb to the top of this tower BUT it’s all stairs and you have to hold a rope… yes, a ROPE to get to the top so I opted out.
This is in the oldest courtyard in Amsterdam and it was eerie. It was pretty but I was ready to get out of there after 2 minutes, I’m such a baby!
Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Our last day in Amsterdam was shorter because we had to catch a flight to Berlin. But we did go to the Rijksmuseum which is so beautiful! It is one of the most beautiful museums that I have ever seen! You would need a huge chunk of time if not days to see everything in here. We didn’t have a lot of time so we saw what we could. We did see Van Gogh’s Self Portrait which is so much smaller than I pictured in my head. I’m not sure why but I thought it would be much bigger. He was an amazing painter though, I can’t even paint a stick figure! We saw some other amazing pieces even though we didn’t have much time. The Rijksmuseum building itself could be a museum, the interior and exterior are just so pretty and intricate. After walking the museum, we had to head to the airport. I was so sad to leave Amsterdam because it is so beautiful! Marc and Aliece surprised us with matching shirts to wear which we actually wore all day! We definitely stuck out like a sore thumb! You could hear people saying “Texas” in the eloquent accents and I giggled every time. (Soon you’ll see why) We also wore these shirts to the airport, we were probably so annoying but oh well. I love matching shirts so who cares!
This is actually a picture from the first day but you can see the Rijksmuseum in the background!
We had the most amazing time in Amsterdam and I can’t wait to go back!! I can’t wait to share my next portion of my trip with y’all! I promise I’ll get it up soon. Have you guys ever been to Amsterdam? If so, what was you favorite thing to do there? Thanks so much for reading!