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Friday, 7 August 2015

Amsterdam

As I travel so often, I decided to write about my trips regularly on my blog. I am addicted to travelling, I love experiencing different cultures and exploring new surroundings. When I'm older I want to look back on my life and know I travelled to as many places I possibly could.



In these blog posts I'm going to cover many topics, how I travelled there, the hotel, the best tourist attractions, bars and restaurants. I always try to get value for money when I travel, I don't spend a lot of money on hotels for weekends away as you spend very little time in the room.

Last year I developed a bit of an obsession with Amsterdam when I saw 'the Fault in our Stars' and re-read Anne Frank's diary. My boyfriend Sean was so thoughtful and booked the trip as a present. We flew with Aer Lingus and it cost around €100 each. In saying that Aer Lingus and Ryanair both fly there, and often have sales where you can nab return flights for €60.




Sean always lets me choose the hotel, and after much research on Tripadvisor, I settled upon the Best Western Premier Hotel Couture. I always use Tripadvisor to check out hotels before I book. Trip Advisor is brilliant as other travellers will post genuine reviews and photos, so you can get an idea of the standard of the hotel. The hotels were extremely expensive the weekend we were there, as gay pride was being celebrated in the city. We couldn't justify spending 600 euro on a hotel so we stayed in a gorgeous 4 star hotel just outside of the city centre. It cost €320 for three nights. It was a very new hotel, the rooms were spacious, modern and comfortable. The hotel was in a great location, there was a tram stop right outside the hotel and it brought us into the city in 15 minutes.





The buildings and canals are so beautiful and unlike any other European city I've been to before. I could walk around this city for days and never get bored at looking at the brick buildings or boats sailing through the canals. Another thing I loved was the style, everyone dresses so casual and many people seem to have a really relaxed approach to life. If you ever get the chance to go here, don't waste your weekend in a coffee shop (visit one by all means), but there is so many things to see and do.


1. Go for a walk and explore

This is the first thing I do on every trip away. I will walk around the city for 3-4 hours and suss out what there is to do before I pay for any tourist attractions. Amsterdam is quite a small city so it doesn't take long to walk it.




2. Canal tour

You can see a video on my instagram here. Once you watch this video you won't need an explanation of why it is so brilliant. It is a unique and really special way to see the city.

https://instagram.com/p/6GKmrAvwyZ/



3. Big Bus Tour

This was a brilliant way to get around the city and learn about some history. It took about 1 hour 30 minutes in total, it was a lovely day too so we really enjoyed it.



4. The Red Light District

This place isn't for the faint hearted! It was seriously so strange to see nearly naked women in the windows along this street waiting for men to visit them but it was well worth seeing.

5. The Sex Museum

This museum was a collection of sexual photographs and ornaments, it was absolutely hilarious!! For only €4 it is definitely worth a visit. If you have me on snapchat I'm sure you saw how giddy I was, sorry for rude snaps :P


6. Anne Frank's House

This was by far my favourite thing I did all weekend, if not the best thing I've done in Europe. We started queueing at 9 O'clock and did so for 2 hours... BUT it was well worth it. I was soooo emotional when I was in her room, I was near tears!! The museum itself is extremely informative and educational. I wouldn't usually visit museums but this was so interesting and on my bucket list.



We had the best time! We had lots of good food, drink and didn't stop laughing for the four days! Gay Pride was on while we were there and the canals were full of boat parties which was so cool, there was such a good atmosphere in the city. I would definitely recommend visiting Amsterdam; its such a cool city with plenty of attractions to cater to everyone.






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