An American In: Amsterdam, Part Two

Let's go back, shall we, to just a few weeks ago when I spent Easter weekend in Amsterdam. We visited the tulip gardens in South Holland and strolled through the streets on one of the most beautiful weekends I've ever seen in Europe. 

I've written about my love for Amsterdam before, in this post on my first visit to the Netherlands and in this one on the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, but a quick peek at my photos of the sunny, wisteria-lined streets and you're sure to understand my obsession.

(Not to mention the fact that the Netherlands' entry into Eurovision was legitimately good and tasteful, but I digress).

Anyways, sit back, listen to my semi-botched recording of the church bells near Watrelooplein, and enjoy: 

There's an American car in this photo! Can you see it? Hint: it's giant, white, and completely unmissable. 

An American In: Amsterdam | Second Floor Flat

Our insanely beautiful Airbnb, which we also stayed at on our first visit: 

An American In: Amsterdam | Second Floor Flat

Psst: Shoes are adidas Gazelles (code MENS25 will get ya 25% off); dress very similar to this one

 

Almost bought naked Barbie dolls + 100 other things in Kitsch Kitchen:

 

Want to see what I wore, or wish I wore, on my trip? Check out my full Amsterdam shopping list


An American In: Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland

After falling in love with Amsterdam when we visited over the New Year, we decided to pay a trip back to celebrate the four-day holiday that is Easter in the U.K. (Also the Dutch are maybe the cleanest people in the world and I wanted to pick up some spring cleaning tips.)

We were lucky that it was prime tulip time in Holland – the season only last two months a year and by god if we weren't there right smack in the middle of it. We made a day trip to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in South Holland, aka the largest flower garden in the world. Holy moly was it crowded (it was Easter Sunday, after all) but holy moly was it worth it. 

Keukenhof is an Instagrammers paradise, and we saw all types of interesting posed photos in process while we were there. Anyways, here are some of my photos.

If you're looking for more professional options, I'd recommend you check out this guy's photo Tumblr because he takes great photos and because I'm married to him. Enjoy!

An American In: Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland | Second Floor Flat
An American In: Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland | Second Floor Flat

These tulips were called Hotpants!

An American In: Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens, Holland | Second Floor Flat

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Budapest Travel Diary

Remember when I went to Budapest?

I do, because it was me who went, and because it was earlier this month, and because it was amazing.

Luckily, Mr & Mrs Smith also remember and earlier this week posted my SUITCASE Magazine x Budapest travel diary on the Smith Travel Blog. 

Give it a read, and see more of my Budapest adventures here and here.


An American In: Budapest

A week ago today, I found myself in the capital of Hungary, awash with art, design, history, and plenty of wine.

When you work as an editor at a travel and fashion magazine, this kind of things happens from time to time. One minute you're wearing fleece and writing on your laptop in London, the next minute you're taking a helicopter ride in Monte Carlo or strolling through an abandoned palace in Central Europe. NBD.

My journey to Budapest came to be by way of SUITCASE and Mr & Mrs Smith. We ventured to the amazing Brody House–a hotel and membership club that is basically the epicenter of arts and culture in Budapest. We tasted wines, swam in thermal baths, drank cocktails with local rock stars, and saw the glorious Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.

An American In: Budapast | secondfloorflat.com
An American In: Budapast | secondfloorflat.com

Aside from the fact that it's the furthest east I've ever been, I can say without doubt that Budapest is one of the most magical cities I've ever visited. There's something about it that has a mystical feeling that draws you in and leaves you with a thirst for more.

Budapest? I'll be back.

 

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For more Budapest, check out my coverage in SUITCASE Magazine.

Want to go to there? Book a room at Brody House on Mr & Mrs Smith.


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


An American In: Monte Carlo

'Scuse the lack of blogging. I started doing some work with SUITCASE Magazine a few weeks ago and that, combined with my other writing projects, has been keeping me busy as haaell. But in the best of ways!

I was lucky enough to travel with SUITCASE earlier this week over to Monte Carlo for an extended weekend tasting some of the finest foods and reviewing some of the fanciest hotels that this tiny quarter in the Principality of Moncao has to offer. Photographer friend Bridget came along and we spent the entire few days thinking, who are we?

My photo diary is up SUITCASE, and a full review is coming next week. In case you missed anything on Instagram or Twitter, here are a few outtakes: 

 

An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat

An American in Paris: Walking Through Town

Paris - a city that deserves to be seen outdoors. Whether you're sitting at a cafe, enjoying a park, or strolling through its many cobblestone streets, there's nothing like walking around the city of lights on a warm summer day (or night).

And on that note, join me on a walk around town. You'll hear an old man playing an old instrument in the park, an opera performed on the street, a live edition of "Sunny Side of the Street" by four young performers (in Nice), and a performer on the Metro playing the saxophone.

What a gorgeous, musical place.