Tuesday, April 12, 2016

photo diary: amsterdam

I really had no idea what to expect when we arrived in Amsterdam.  We had taken the train from Paris to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam Centraal Train Station, we hopped right onto the tram to head to our airBNB to drop off our bags.

First, our airBNB was amazing.  Seriously, if you're ever in Amsterdam, see if Brigit's apartment is available.  It has two bedrooms (comfortable for three people), a glorious bathroom with a huge soaking tub (after about a week of us showering in the tiniest European showers, we were so glad to see a bathroom where we could actually comfortably shampoo our hair!), and an great little kitchen area.  We ended up picking up some groceries from the Albert Heijn down the street so that we could eat breakfast in the apartment.  Plus, Brigit was a great host!  She met us at the apartment and showed us around, and then texted us a few restaurants/places to check out.  It was really nice to get a local's view on what to (and not to) do during our stay!

Second, unless you're in a time crunch, don't use public transportation.  Amsterdam is a walkable city, and you miss so much by being on the tram.  Our last day, we got a 24 hour tram pass so that we could squeeze in a museum and a few shops we wanted to go back to (they were closed when we had passed them on the previous day) before we had to go back to the airBNB to pick up our bags and head to the airport.  Just an FYI - it is possible (and quite easy!) to get to the airport using the bus that's included in the tram passes.  It takes about 15 minutes longer than the train that goes to the airport, but if you have the tram pass, it's more economically friendly to hop on the bus.


(these wooden tulips were so popular in Amsterdam! I really debating back bringing a few to put in a vase in my room, but I was afraid they wouldn't make it back in one piece...says the girl who brought back three Royal Copenhagen Mugs and a Royal Delft stein without any incident...)



(The bicyclists in Amsterdam are insane!  We thought riding bikes in Copenhagen was scary, but Amsterdam would have been way worse.  We contemplating renting bikes, but after seeing how everyone the locals ride, we decided not to.)


We only spent about three days in Amsterdam, and I wish we would have had a little bit more time...but I guess that just means I have to go back!

xx, Rebecca

Thursday, April 7, 2016

eating my way through europe



copenhagen

(chicken salad on traditional danish rye bread)

(all the varieties of somersby brewed by Carlsberg in Denmark)

(pot pie and oreo pie from The American Pie Company...amazing.)

(couldn't resist the reflection of the pie lights on the marble counter tops!)

(traditional Danish brunch at Cafe Taenk)

paris

(eclairs on our first morning in Paris)

(chocolat chaud at Angelina's near the Luxembourg Gardens)

amsterdam

(build your own burgers at Burgerlijk.  The homemade ketchup was amazing.)

(brunch at Bar Spek on our last morning in Amsterdam.  This was the second time we had eaten here...we also had dinner here on our first night.  Amazing little restaurant, chic aesthetic, and great food.)

Needless to say, I did a lot of eating (and in turn, a lot of walking) on my trip...and just looking at these pictures again is making me drool!

xx, Rebecca