Travel: Amsterdam

We arrived in Amsterdam on a grey and gloomy January day, similar to the Manchester weather that we had just left. After a quick Uber ride to the city center, we dropped our things off at Mr. Jordaan, a quirky hotel located in the village Jordaan. In typical Taylor style our next visit was to a sushi restaurant nearby where I had a wonderful Thai curry salad. We then wandered around and “accidentally” ended up in the American Book Center which sells English language books. Our final stop was to Cup a la Cake where Chris says he had the best carrot cake of his life. The milk chocolate-covered waffles weren’t bad, either!

The next day we ate a fantastic breakfast at Greenwoods cafe. They had wonderful vegan and vegetarian options–we both ordered the Full English veggie style. We then walked to the flower market along the canal which houses a number of stalls selling bulbs of all sorts. The market wasn’t quite as quaint as I expected–mostly touristy souvenirs mixed in with bulbs–but it did give you a sense of how large the floral industry is in the Netherlands. We bought tickets for a canal tour that we planned to do the following day, then tried to go to the Hortus Botanicus botanical garden but they were closed for the day due to high winds. We enjoyed a nice afternoon instead at the Maritime Museum looking at maps and climbing aboard a replica of the Amsterdam used by the Dutch East India Company. After watching an episode of Godless at the hotel, and a quick nap, we went to the restaurant Meatless District for a vegan dinner. Both of us had the veggie burger that was delicious. We later wandered around looking for fresh waffles and finally found some covered in white chocolate and Nutella.

On our last day, we had a bit of a lie in and ate some small sandwiches from Cafe Droog. We caught a canal boat near the city center and spent about an hour learning about the history of Amsterdam from inside the warm tour boat. We then tried to find some good coffee but I derailed us after stumbling across a beautiful bookstore. We camped out there attempting to read books in Dutch without much success. Then it was off to the airport and back to England!

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