Amsterdam

Shrek said ‘ogres are like onions… they both have layers’.

Well, Amsterdam is like an onion too. It has many, many layers.

If you’ve ever been before, you’ll know what I mean. It is so easy to get lost! Everything looks the same. But for those of you who haven’t experienced this incredible city, here’s a map and some pretty pictures from my time in Dam!

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Amsterdam is full of bicycles!

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A cute little cafe with a greenhouse!

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Vintage shopping is what the locals do in Amsterdam. I found a hat and a sparkly blue dress. ❤

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Anne Frank House – it was a bit emotional to see the place where Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis during the Second World War.

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– Anne Frank

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Apple pie from Winkel – the best apple pie in the world!

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The Amsterdam-famous tulips

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We went on a river cruise down the canals of Amsterdam. I learnt so much about the history of the city.

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A really cute book and art store!

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We made ham, pickle and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Yes. it was delicious. #wheninEurope

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Vesper Bar – we enjoyed cocktails from a lovely waiter who called us ‘mademoiselle’ .

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It was so lovely to wake up to this view of the Jordaan area of Amsterdam each morning.

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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

It was incredible to visit the Van Gogh museum, a tribute to the artist by his nephew. Vincent Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose early works included paintings of peasants and rural landscapes using dark earthy tones. Around this time, Impressionism, with its bright vivid colours, was becoming popular.

Vincent moved to Paris, where he let his art take on the style that would make him famous. He used more colour than the artists of his time, applying the paint with thick, bold brushstrokes. During the most creative and productive period of his life, Van Gogh painted Sunflowers. However, this was also a time of of great turmoil for Vincent beginning a period of hospital stays for mental illness and physical decline.

After 10 years of painting and producing more than 900 works of art, Van Gogh shot himself and died two days later. His sister-in-law made it her mission to see Van Gogh’s art spread across the world. His legacy lives on in museums around the world today.

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iamsterdam sign ❤

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Goodbye Dammy, it was real. Next stop – Prague. Stay tuned. X

Read more here:

London part 3

London part 2

London Town

En route to London

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5 comments

  1. It looks like you are having a fabulous adventure! We have not been to Amsterdam but it looks like i should come straight away for the pie is nothing else. 🙂 The Van Gogh painting is very familiar to me as my parents had a print of it in their home through my growing up years.

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