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Okay, it could have been Oslo, or Paris, or Nikoi Island. But after a heavy lunch on a Tuesday I start to drift into what I call dream mode.
Long ago, before we married and had the kids, Jeff was able to spend some time in the city of Amsterdam. Without a doubt it is on our list of future destinations. While I haven’t been there yet, Amsterdam is probably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities with the canals and houseboats, with museums filled with some of the most stunning paintings in the world, and tree lined lanes that are full of cyclists and walkers. Amsterdam is renowned for its free-wheeling lifestyle and for its tolerance towards those who live differently. An Amsterdam holiday offers a range of great activities and things to do and see for visitors of all ages and the diverse cultural backgrounds.
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When Jeff talks about his time in Amsterdam, he talks about the cafes and how much he enjoyed spending time just hanging out in Amsterdam’s cafes are places to relax and watching the world go by. The coffee in Amsterdam is great and I have heard that the Dutch pastries are delicious. From beer cafes to brown cafes, as a food nut I can’t wait to sit down and savour Dutch cuisine. Clearly one of the highlights and a must see in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh museum to admire the work of this iconic artist. Every kid of my generation learned the story of the Jewish families were hidden away during World War II and a visit to the Anne Frank museum is a memorial to the brave girl and her historic diary. I would also love to spend some time walking through the Rijksmuseum absorbing the culture and seeing the collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen.
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The canal boats in Amsterdam are one of the best ways to see the city. Traveling through the canals is not only efficient, but a quaint and unique opportunity to see a different side of the city. Amsterdam is also a huge biking city and lots of people hire a bicycle and ride through the lovely dedicated bicycle lanes around the city. There are also trams and they are easy, fast and the most economical way to travel in the city. Of course, Taxis are easily available but they are fairly expensive and are therefore not as popular if budget is a concern.
There are so many places in the world on our “to go to” list, but a visit to Holland, and of course Amsterdam, is one I look forward to seeing.
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