An American In: Amsterdam

Amsterdam has been at the top of my "must-visit" list for years (or at least since 2008 when this song came out). And ever since I moved to London, which is closer to Amsterdam than you think, I've been trying to find ways to get over to that gorgeous city of bikes, canals, and tulips. 

So post Christmas, post trip home to Georgia, post my sister and her husband visiting us in London, we all packed up and took the train through Brussels to The Netherlands. Turns out, Amsterdam is now one of my favorite cities: it's friendlier than most, quieter than most, and its smaller size makes it much approachable than a London, Paris, or Rome. 

Here's what we got up to:

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Strolled through a few of Amsterdam's 165 (!) canals...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

(Side note: Aside from being breathtakingly gorgeous, Amsterdam has a certain peace that you don't find in most other cities. The roads are mainly used by tram services and bikes, so combine that with the abundance of canals and there's very little noise pollution from cars. The residential areas alongside the canals are also kept mostly free from commercial activity - so you rarely see ads or corner delis selling ice cream, but rather just old sidewalks, awesome wooden playgrounds, and cute old couples strolling around.)

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Saw some cultural stuff, including the incredible Rijksmuseum which re-opened last April after a ten year renovation...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

And took plenty of pictures (sometimes in huge coats)...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Visited a local market where we saw tons of bikes, tulips, and, most importantly, pancakes...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

Travelled to the center of town on the Metro to see 19-year-old-boy-type things, like the Red Light District...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

And took time to ring in the New Year and relax in our gorgeous Airbnb flat...

An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat
An American in Amsterdam - Second Floor Flat

And now we're all counting the days until we can go back. See you next time, Amsterdam!

 

Photos by d.watterson.iii