Friday, May 20, 2011

Our Travels in Amsterdam

After visiting Prague, we jumped on our first airplane trip since getting to Europe and flew into Amsterdam.  We managed to get through the airport and onto the public transportation with all of our luggage, then made it to Central Station in the city, then took the street trolly to our hotel.

Getting to the main area of our hotel was always pretty easy, but finding the hotel once getting off usually caused a few moments of confusion for us.  Amsterdam was definitely not an exception!  We couldn't find our hotel, and we were so side tracked by how beautiful it was!  Finally, the nicest couple (who spoke english) stopped and asked us if we needed help.  Of course, we looked so silly because it was literally just across from the canal of where we were standing!  :)

Amsterdam reminded me of Venice in a few ways - but with more flowers and more space.  It is so beautiful and very romantic.  The people are very friendly and it's easy to make new friends!

We stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer, which we absolutely fell in love with.  It was probably my favorite place we stayed on the entire trip.  Because we went during a low travel season, we were upgraded for free to an awesome room.

Our first night was so much fun.  We walked around until we got lost, found a place to eat dinner, and had drinks at our hotel bar.  We spent 4 days in Amsterdam... and I could have spent more.  
It was one of my favorite places of the whole trip!
My dinner the first night there... A banana pancake.  So good, I ate it our last night there, too!
The canals were magical at night!
Enjoying drinks and making friends with the bartenders.  They were great!
No one in the world loves flowers more than my mom... so I thought of her every time we saw colorful flowers!
Had to take a picture... me and my sisters make 3 :)
Souvenir shopping :)
The floating tulip market... I wanted to take them all home for my mom.
Touring the Heineken Factory - definitely a highlight of the trip :)
Inside the factory... 
I like tiny cars...
and TL likes tiny coffees!
Playing in our hotel room... probably shouldn't be up there, but it was fun!
My man and his latte, getting lost in the city.
Seeing the city from the canals by boat - beautiful!
A parking garage for bikes... and it was jammed full!

Our tour guide had a funny comment - he said the canals are 3 meters deep.  "One meter water, one meter mud, and one meter bikes!"

While we were there, we also visited the Anne Frank House.  It was really touching to see the annex where she stayed.  I didn't know it was in Amsterdam - but it is definitely worth checking out if you go.  They have her original diary in there and it's interesting to see exactly where she and her family were hidden.

This is a video of our hotel... it was pretty historical.
Warning: before you watch, please know we did this after our visit to the Heineken factory :)  We were having such a great time!  Hope you don't mind my dorky voice.  Yes, we are big nerds!

We feel so lucky to have gone to Amsterdam, it was a fabulous city to visit!

28 comments:

Shannon G. said...

I love your video!!!

kirsten said...

haha that hotel is crazy! i dont know how anyone would be able to find their room or even the elevator!

Bree said...

I was going to say exactly what the comment above me says; "that hotel is crazy" lol seriously, how many times did you have to walk to your room to remember where to go?? haha

Nikki said...

My husband and I were gonna go to Amsterdam for our honeymoon but we decided to go to a island instead. I kinda regret that now.

The video is super cute! Looks like a amazing trip!

Bre said...

Someone's gonna get a job with the travel channel!! So cute!

Kassie said...

You are so cute!! And that video is adorable. How did you make it speed like that?

That hotel is insane! How do you find your room? Or get your bags up those stairs? ;)

Life Abroad said...

Ahhh! I LOVE it! Looks like you had an amazing time, and got to see so much of the city. 4 days is a great amount of time to see Amsterdam, since it's so small. Of course, you could spend forever there and not get bored! I loved the video too, those stairs are SO Dutch and steep! Glad you had such a great experience in Amsterdam!! xo

Katie said...

you.are.the.cutest.thing.EVER!

i've heard about amsterdam from several friends that visited, and they all loved it too. i might have to go there someday!

Tiffany said...

I would like to officially invite you to be my tour guide when I make my next trip to Europe. :)

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Shelley said...

I would sooo get lost in that hotel! Cute video!

Nini said...

Love the pics in the clogs!

Allison said...

I like your video! It's fun to hear how bloggers sound because you always just read.

Frances said...

you are really making me NEED to visit all of these amazing places. Looks like you guys had a blast in Amsterdam! Love the video!

Marian said...

Looks like a blast...love the picture in the clogs:)

Lori said...

That video is hilarious Tracy!! This is one of the places where we would love to go ~ will have to sit down and make some plans. Hope you are having a great week-end! xo

Sera Pie said...

The clogs are hilarious! Glad to see you enjoyed your trip!

Katie said...

OMG! That video made me laugh, I totally love it :) Love the whole post!!

Ashley said...

What a fun trip! Great pictures!

Michelle said...

Love the clogs! I'm so jealous of this fabulous trip you took! Great pictures! <3

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Jax said...

First things first, that video is adorable! You're too cute! I can't believe how long it took to walk to your room! That's crazy, but so cool that it was canal houses before it was a hotel! The photo of ya'll in the clogs=awesome. you guys climbing in your hotel room=even more awesome! You guys give off such a great vibe together-even in photos! You look like you have such a blast together!!!!

Hair Bows and Tutus said...

I'm loving your recaps of your travels. Definitely makes me want to travel more...which my hubby would love:)

Heidi

Natasha said...

ahhh so jealous of all these fabulous cities you guys visited!!!!

Lauren said...

That's so cool! I've heard amazing things about Amsterdam...I'd love to go to world traveling someday! Love seeing your pics and hearing your stories!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like such a great time! I keep hearing really great things about people visiting there! Love the wooden shoes!

JMB said...

You are sooo cute!! THAT'S a HIKE child! That's like your cardio for the day!!

heather @ mrs. southern bride said...

oh wow!! looks like such an amazing place!

Holly said...

haha i love that you climbed up on the beams in the hotel room! so cute.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Super cute! Glad ya'll had a nice time. Looked like so much fun! Love the tiny car and tiny coffee pics! haha