Birthday in Amsterdam

As an extra special treat for my birthday this year, Luke and I headed off for a couple of nights in Amsterdam. Fair warning, this post is very photo-heavy as it was impossible not to whip my camera out for every aesthetic bike on a canal in front of some buildings. Rude not to!

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After sweating our way through town from the station, we checked into our lovely hotel, Hotel Rudolph, with a free bottle of bubbly because they’d only been open for 2 weeks. We booked room 102 and had this gorgeous view of the canals…

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Perfect for people watching!

Cava polished off, we headed into town to find a cruise.

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Even more people foot spotting was possible from the canal boat…

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On Friday morning we headed across town to the Rijksmuseum to find the I amsterdam sign. Luke was excellent at following instructions on the way…

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Got to do a bit of mucking about being tourists with the I amsterdam sign of course

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Me clinging on for dear life – it was a lot higher up than it looks. There were tons of fearless kids climbing all over the letters without a care in the world, but my knees were shaking just getting up this high. 26 must be my wimpy year.

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We slowly wandered back through town through a cute little neighbourhood…

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View of the Royal Palace from the top floor of H&M, where we had retreat to find an emergency jumper for me as I’d gone all grumpy from being cold.

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We were literally staying a 2 minute walk from the Museum of Bags & Purses, so popped in for a look around, which Luke tolerated fairly well. Here’s the oldest bag they had, from 1600AD…

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And my two faves which were the “comedy” bags…

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After getting our fill of bags we stopped off for fruity pancakes at Pancake House Upstairs – a happy accident finding such a special little place as I just typed “pancake” into Google Maps and walked to the nearest result.

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Upstairs Pannenkoeken is a tiny and super cute pancake house located up a ridiculously steep staircase. We were lucky with our timing to get a table as there was only just a free table when we arrived, one of 4 in the whole place.

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We went back to the hotel for a little rest before heading out for drinks and a bite to eat. The light was so beautiful on our walk into town, I couldn’t resist snapping away hundreds of pictures

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Dutch ducks (and ducklings!)

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Eventually we settled at a bar with a beer and the fanciest rhubarb G&T

 

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When it was finally starting to get dark, we hunted down pretty bridges lit up like make-up mirrors…

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…before retiring to bed with aching feet. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep so quickly!

We had a couple of hours to kill on the Saturday before our flight, so headed to the horticultural gardens to see the butterflies…

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… and a bee

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However I somehow managed to get bitten by something through my jeans. I don’t have a picture of this because it’s kind of gross, but it’s the worst bite I’ve had in adult life. That sounds bad but I’m not usually a bite-ee (ok, 26 is definitely my wimpy year)

Anyway, bites aside, I loved our little trip to Amsterdam and would love to go back! It was such a relaxing time and so refreshing to have a holiday where we had no real “checklist” (except to get a picture by the “a” of “I amsterdam”) so could spend most of our time just relaxing and soaking in the sights.

Thank you Luke for a lovely trip!

Anna xx

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