My City Break To Amsterdam Part 1
Right I know I have been missing in action for the past few days, but there is a very good explanation, if you hadn't already guessed by the title I've been in Amsterdam!
I finally got to go away for the first time in years, a break that was well needed and deserved, to actually switch off was refreshing, spending quality time with the other half, to then get told it was an early birthday present (birthday is next month eeekkk, I'm a spring baby!) was the cherry on the top!
This post Im splitting into two, I can't believe I'm admitting this but ...... I took well over 1,000 photos! Don't judge we can get happy with that little button and I want to share with you what I saw exploring Amsterdam so stay tuned, I promise you won't regret it, you may want to grab a cup of tea!
So first thing is first Packing I never really pack light, ask any of my friends, so to be told I was only allowed to have 1 piece of hand luggae I laughed, how do people actually do this! I like to have options! Amen to miniature skincare is all I can say, yes I did manage to pack but it was stressful, learned a lot haha!
Our flight was very early, but I was not complaining because some genius invented COFFEE!!!
I couldn't believe how quick the flight was, it took 40 minutes, by the time the refreshment and duty free trolly went down the aisle, we was preparing to land.
I had actually forgot what it's like to fly, I was a little nervous, palms got a little bit clammy but to look outside the window and see fluffy clouds for miles was relaxing.
Welcome to Amsterdam, wahoo! the quickest flight of my life, it was a 30 minute transfer to our hotel called Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Centre, that was so central but was so peaceful the moment you stepped inside, now I have to mention the service was unreal in this hotel, nothing was ever a problem, polite, always said good morning and good evening, the little things make the big difference, they even recommended a restaurant for our first night and they made reservations for us!
Our bedroom was spacious and as for the bed well, it was massive but by the time I had jumped on it like a starfish it wasn't photo ready haha!
After we had settled in, we decided to explore a little bit and by a little bit I mean we found the equivalent of Harrods but in Amsterdam, trust me to find that store and for it to be a 5 minute walk from our hotel!
From Dior, Tiffany & Co, Saint Laurent, don't even get me started on the make up from La Mer, charlotte Tilbury and Jo Malone, so many iconic brands under one roof I was in Blogger heaven, I would really recommend having a little look, but keep your purse at the hotel!
But we didn't want to stay in there to long as we can always shop these brands but alway reassuring that Dior wasn't that far away haha.
A little further down we stumbled across another Iconic place in Amsterdam ... the Sex Museum, so they say when in Amsterdam, for obvious reasons I didn't take no photos inside, as this is a PG blog but here are the tickets of the museum instead. (we did really giggle at some points of the museum)
I have to say Amsterdam really is pretty and I hadn't even been here 24 hours yet!
The next day we decided to grab breakfast at a local restaurant called Bagel and Sandwich Village, when I say they made an amazing caramel macchiato I mean it! Along with a full english and omelette to start they day, amazing value for money and good food too!
Nothing starts the day off like going to Amsterdam's Royal Palace, it was covered in marble, floor and walls included, I lost count with the amount of chandeliers they had and not to mention how decadent every room was.
After practising our royal waves we headed over to none other than the diamond museum and the flower market, what more can a girl ask for? Flowers and Diamonds!
Ive heard of the flower market before, but to be able to see it in person is something else, as spring is on our doorsteps the flowers are starting to bloom, the beautiful range of colours, roses, not to forget the iconic tulips.
I would heavily recommend this to anyone that goes to Amsterdam.
As for the diamond museum well I felt right at home, after all diamonds are my birthstone.
Seeing some of the royal jewels along with a skull covered in thousands of diamonds, it was a small museum but compact with loads of information about the journey and power of diamonds, which was fascinating.
Right near by the Diamond museum was the IAMsterdam sign so I had to get a photo, because when your a tourist you have to be a real tourist! haha.
In the evening we went to a place called Bridges in a hotel called The Grand, now this is a beautiful hotel there is no denying that, I had half a lobster on a bed of noodles which was very bland, but as for the food I was disappointed, especially the price we paid, the staff was friendly and helpful but that was it, I personally wouldn't recommend, these are just my honest opinions, and my view on the experience at the restaurant.
Im not one to end things on a negative note but the bonus of this particular night was walking along the canals all lit up, something I can say is romantic and so pretty!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my city break to Amsterdam it involves a Royal zoo, a gem of a restaurant and the world known home of Anne Frank, I promise you won't want to miss it!