So, we’ve only been there once, but based on what we saw over our four days, and a few online and offline requests here’s a lightening quick set of ideas and a few tips we picked up whilst staying in late September. Transport Amsterdam isn’t huge. See that random line I’ve added through the centre of the below map from the train station? The first near Bloemmarkt is about 10 minutes on the tram, and… View Post

Friday figments and photos; the Amsterdam edition

Friday figments and photos; the Amsterdam edition

I think it’s safe to say that we loved our 4-day weekend in Amsterdam. With unseasonably good weather, we spent our time exploring their local lives in the rose-tinted spectacle way that only tourists can. We love to enjoy the stereotypical tourist trails featuring canals, tulips, windmills and clogs, but also love straying of the beaten track (in fact when holidaying anywhere I normally Google search “quirky things to do in <insert city name>” in… View Post

Amsterdam’s Cat Museum and Handbag Museum

Amsterdam’s Cat Museum and Handbag Museum

Trust me ok, hear me out (and yep you read the title correctly). Whilst we visited the the wonderful national museums; the ornate Rijksmuseum and the fascinating Van Gogh museum, we also decided to stray a touch off the beaten path. Y’all know we have our own wee moggy, and are as obsessed as most ‘fur parents’ are, but the KattenKabinet aka Cat Museum was another level entirely. The ‘museum’ consists of three or so… View Post

Amsterdam #foodporn & exploring the Jordaan

Amsterdam #foodporn & exploring the Jordaan

Stroopwaffels (waffles sandwiched with toffee), hagelslag (chocolate toast sprinkles that melt) and herring were the only flavours I’ve ever associated with Holland – flavours that are scrumptious enough, but there are so, so many more. We always find eating abroad the hardest, and best problem of travelling. How do you balance flavour, cost and not knowing anything about the quality where you could eat? We’ve started a tradition of hunting out foodie walking tours in new… View Post

Anne Frank’s Diary and the Anne Frank …

Anne Frank’s Diary and the Anne Frank Museum: Amsterdam

I knew I’d cry. She was an ordinary little girl, living through an extraordinarily difficult situation where one wrong step at the wrong time could cost the lives of her whole family. Growing up protected in a small country that had felt the effects of World War I and II (in a much different way), as school children we read the Diary of Anne Frank in an attempt to understand and empathise with what happened… View Post