Though I was quite sad to leave Paris, our next adventure was one we both were excited for. We were off to Amsterdam – somewhere neither of us had ever been but had heard loads about.
The extra bonus was visiting my good friend from Montana, Alette, who lives & works in Amsterdam.
To break up the journey from Paris to Amsterdam, we stopped in Brussels for one night. I really knew nothing of the city other than its famous chocolate and its title of “capital” of the EU, so we thought we’d pop in for a quick stay and see what Brussels was all about.
Unfortunately our attempts to tour the EU buildings were met with failure, and all we were allowed to see was a strange museum whose purpose I’m still not sure of.
Our time in Brussels was so short and I would like to revisit to get a better idea of what the city has to offer. My main focus was getting some chocolate, but I know there is far much more to see.
Immediately following breakfast we were off to find chocolate in the many beautiful shops Brussels had to offer. The shops were quite anxious to have people try their chocolates, so I was really able to test a variety and purchase the best.
Below I am indulging in some of our carefully-selected chocolate in the Grand Place – an absolutely stunning square. The sun was beautiful and the buildings shone so gloriously.
Then off to Amsterdam we went! We were faced with many delays in our journey, which made me even more antsy to arrive. When I finally saw Amsterdam for the first time I was blown away.
Unfortunately, I was so wrapped up in the city, and visiting my friend that I took barely any pictures. My cousin also popped in from Italy to join us for the weekend, so we really had a fabulous Amsterdam rendezvous.
The canal is so gorgeous at night with all the glowing lights. All the perfect little houses along it with their boats parked out front made me want to settle in Amsterdam right then and there!
Note the creepy face on the pole behind me. Those were all over Amsterdam – anyone know what that’s all about?
Nightlife in Amsterdam is quite overwhelming. The tourist areas are packed with places and things to indulge in, the most strange of which was the Red Light District. I knew that prostitution was legal in Amsterdam, but to see it displayed the way it was was quite alarming. I don’t have any pictures, so you will just have to go and see for yourself!
However, the city has plenty of cute bars and pubs that offer up a completely different way to experience the city. We stuck with the latter and happened upon some great drinks and music.
The next day we all hopped on a canal cruise boat, bottles of wine in hand, and took a tour of the city.
In case you didn’t already know this, Amsterdam is THE bike capital of the universe. I think there are about 3 bikes to every 1 person and bikes rule the roads. Cars and pedestrians are second to bicycles, so watch out!
My good friend from back home, Alette, works and lives in Amsterdam – lucky girl! She is so perfectly Dutch and I love it.
Of course, our time in Amsterdam was too short, so I am very much looking forward to returning and hopefully taking more pictures next time. I would love to visit during Christmas – I can only imagine how beautiful all the perfect little houses and streets look all lit up with Christmas spirit!