Cleggy and I visited Amsterdam for our 10th Wedding anniversary in 2003 and loved it.
So when he was asked to do some work there this year
we jumped at the chance.
Originally we had booked an amazing apartment back in November through AirBnB...but unfortunately I had succumbed to a clever scam and in January found out that we had been conned out of £1400!
(most of that was the so called security deposit)
Long boring story - lessons were learnt!
Anyway - we ended up finding an equally special houseboat on the Amstel.
a little bit further out of the city but very close to the tram.
We were very fortunate that the weather for the most part was sunny - although very (very) cold.
Only on one day did it hamper our sight seeing - when we found ourselves on a little boat trip in the snow. NOT in one of the nice big touristy covered heated boats - in a teeny tiny open air boat with a very funny guide - and fortunately some blankets and gluwine!
Anyway - here are my favourite photos:
My favourite canal - Brouwersgracht
Plenty of lunch/coffee stops (for a warm!)
Cafe in De Pijp
Cafe 't Smalle
Cafe de Taart Van M'n Tante
The day of the boat trip in the snow!
View of the flower markets from the canal
The dancing houses
View from the bedroom window - which was below water level
different every day
walks along the canals - dreaming of owning a boat (natch)
Watching the skaters
Walking along The Amstel
Our last night - meeting Cleggy from work at the station and visiting the Red Light District - one of the most beautiful part of the city.
finishing with a glass (or 3, for warmth!) of beer in Dam Square
Then a final meal in one of the oldest restaurants in Amsterdam.
It was a lovely 5 days - still love Amsterdam as much
as we did 13 years ago.
The flower market