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Tip toe through the Tulips with me!

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https://youtu.be/Axa1i-usPBU Experience the Keukenhof tulip gardens!

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http://foodhallen.nl/ we love a good food hall!

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Walk around the famous Dam Square, the biggest square in Amsterdam. Known for the royal palace, the national memorial statue and the hippies who used to occupy it in the 60’s!

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Visit a beautiful chapel hidden at Begijnhof. Begijnhof is already hidden away from the busy streets of Amsterdam, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there is an even more secretive place to be found in this beautiful garden!

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Wander past the Flowermarket – a real must do! It’s the only floating flowermarket in the world!

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Visit the Rembrandt Square, named after the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn. This location is one of the most vibrant places in the city. Mostly known for it’s local & social atmosphere and the 3D version of Rembrandt’s famous creation: the Night Watch

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Discover the former Jewish neighbourhood and learn all about Anne Frank and the Jewish oppression in Amsterdam.  

Book your tickets for the Anne Frank House at least 3 months in advance.  Unfortunately for us we did not do this but I found the next best thing. We booked a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter and ended up at the Anne Frank House through Viator.  This 1 1/2 hour tour was informative and very interesting.   We passed by the theater where the Jews were rounded up for deportation, We stopped at the beautiful and moving tribute to Auschwitz which was a monument etched in glass and heard and saw many  other very moving things about the time of the German Occupation. 

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We celebrated Kings Day with our bright orange attire. The whole city shuts down for this all day celebration! Prost!

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The cellar is owned by José Belgerette, an Argentinian wine expert who fell in love with the Netherlands decades ago. To make the Dutch familiar with the great wines of Argentina he decided to start his own wine business.  Therefore, he imports wines from the organic winery Solandes, located in the south of Mendoza, Argentina. The combination of the snow of the Andes mountains, the illuminating sun and the magic soil makes the taste of the selected wines unique.

Wine tasting

To experience the different wines the secret Wine Cellar has to offer, book a unique wine tasting! Your host José will let you taste different flight selections and will give you all the inside information about the origins and flavors of the wines. You can also combine the wine tasting with a diversity of mediterranean tapas, specifically selected to complement the wine offerings the best.

Don’t accept COOKIES from strangers! Look out for Schumachers. (English translation: Look out for thieves!) Ok so the 411 on Schumachers is this. When I was in Paris a few years ago I was robbed not once but twice and have learned quite a bit about staying safe abroad with a few key strategies.  If I see anyone that looks remotely suspicious I just call out Schumachers and it seems to be a universal word because it puts everyone on alert!    Do not put all your cash and credit cards in the same place.   Lock up your wallet with a key chain attached to something in your bag in an inside pocket.  Alert your banks and cc accounts where you will be out of the country so they can be on alert for suspicious purchases.  Make sure they are easily accessible to you and never put your wallet down on the counter.  Be very wary about strangers getting too close to you or surrounding you.  Here is a cookie scam special to Amsterdam.  A friendly stranger will offer you a tempting cookie.  Often it’s a pretty Dutch girl, young boy or sweet grandma.  Do Not get drawn in!  The cookie often contains ingredients that will make you forget what you are doing and they steal your stuff.  So if you want a sweet just go buy one!!!

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LOOKOUT!

A’DAM LOOKOUT is an observation deck with an unrivaled panoramic view of Amsterdam. You’ll see the city’s historical centre, its pulsating port, the unique Dutch polder landscape and you’ll spot the famous canals which belong to the UNESCO world heritage list. Complementing the experience is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition about Amsterdam’s history and culture. A’DAM LOOKOUT is located on top of the A’DAM Tower in Amsterdam North.

‘Over the Edge’ is Europe’s highest swing on our sky deck. Daredevils and thrill seekers will swing 100 meters above the ground, back and forth over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam below their feet. Enjoy the unrivaled view over our capital city, while the adrenaline flows through your body.

Eating out in Amsterdam:  There are so many types of cuisine and so little time. With the help of a few good phone apps you can make some choices and even change your mind at the same time.

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Take the canal tour!  Make sure you get a seat up front to take pictures and if your tour includes champagne even better!  What a beautiful way to see the city of Amsterdam via the Amstel River.  If you are adventurous you can even rent your own boat to do your own exploring by water.

Good Eats in Amsterdam:

http://www.bookatable.com/ restaurant Envy (tasting menu)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ . restaurant Campo di Fiore (Italian)

https://en.couverts.nl/restaurant/amsterdam/le-debut-amsterdam . The official restaurant reservation app for the Netherlands.  ‘t Markerhuisje  International cuisine

 Shopping!

Amsterdam – a shopper’s dream 

A city reputed for its innovation and creativity, Amsterdam is home to many established and budding fashion talents. From the club scene to the catwalk, the city is a source of inspiration for stylish individuals. In addition to all the big brands, fashion chains (on Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat) and international designers, Amsterdam boasts numerous up-and-coming Dutch designers and independent shops. The city is also big on denim, being home to multiple denim brands, shops and designers. 

Shopping areas in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has many different shopping areas. Each has its own character, which means that in addition to getting your shopping fix, you can check out new beautiful and interesting neighbourhoods and enjoy strolling around. From the hip Nine Streets – narrow streets nestled between the historic canals of the canal ring – through the luxury boutiques in grand Oud Zuid to vintage delights around Waterlooplein, soak up the vibe of the area you’re in and don’t forget to do some people-watching!

Design, markets and more

But of course, it’s not only fashion you can shop for in Amsterdam. There is also a great selection of design and interiors shops, where you can stock up on various objects, decoration, kitchenware, textiles and more. Dutch design enjoys a great reputation for being beautiful, yet practical, even pragmatic, and often with an air of dry humour. You also shouldn’t forget to stock up on souvenirs. Plus there are many great markets that sell everything from organic produce through vintage fashion to general bric-a-brac. Lastly, those whose wallets are still not empty might consider looking at some diamonds

 Don’t Miss the Poffertjes

Another one of the things not to do in Amsterdam is to miss an opportunity to eat poffertjes. These spongy spheres are kind of like a Dutch donut hole (but better). The sugar-dusted pancake puffs are available from street vendors and markets around Amsterdam, served with a knob of butter and optional toppings like Nutella or strawberries – but we prefer plain. There are many other delicious Dutch delicacies to indulge in when in Amsterdam. Cheese, herring, bitterballen and stroopwafel spring to mind. But poffertje balls of bliss are an addictive treat you shouldn’t even try to resist. Betcha can’t eat just one.

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Don’t miss the Van Gogh Museum.
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