Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): The Traveller in Amsterdam

The Traveller in Amsterdam
I had a lovely time in Amsterdam and despite it being quite a short 3-night trip, I feel refreshed from having spent a good and relaxing time in a city I love. The Dutch are generally very laid-back, friendly people and it’s easy to slip into a relaxed pace. If you haven’t been, then I’d highly recommend you go; it’s like nowhere else. I’ve been thinking about why I like it so much so thought I’d do an ‘overall’ post, and include places to seek out and things to watch out for – especially the bikes!

Where to stay? I’ve spent a lot of time in Amsterdam but rarely stayed in a hotel. My very first visit was with my school friend Nina when we were about 19 and we stayed in a youth hostel – that turned out to be in the red light district! But the Dutch are easy about these things and it’s not such a big thing, and it wouldn’t worry me even now. Then about 20 years ago my ex husband was working in Amsterdam for a couple of years. He came back to London most weekends but half terms and holidays I’d take our kids out, driving from London, and we’d all be together in an apartment in Oudekerk aan de Amstel, a lovely village a few miles out of Amsterdam on the river Amstel. I got used to driving into central Amsterdam but often we cycled in along the Amstel. Two years ago I travelled to the city with my daughter and we stayed in a hotel she knew (she goes to the city for work reasons sometimes), the ‘t Hotel. This is just lovely and on a gorgeous canal ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Traveller in Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Rijksmuseum   Cafe ‘t Smalle   Cafe de Jaren   Roem   Poffertjes   Winkel   Papeneiland   Cafe Reiger   Balthazar’s Keuken   Cafe het Molenpad   Brouwerij ‘t IJ microbrewery   Cafe Chris  
Author: Kay Gale
Read it on author's website: https://travel-gourmet.com/2016/01/26/amsterdam-2016-the-traveller-in-amsterdam/

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