I cannot believe how quickly the three days in Amsterdam went. Honestly three days was not long enough for me to really explore the city and see everything you want to see, it is best to go for a week minimum. If you haven’t read Day 1 and Day 2 be sure you check them out so your up to date with all of the adventures I have been on.
09:40 | Artist Appreciation
It was a little bit of a later start this day as Jonatan and me packed our bags in the morning and cleaned the rooms so we didn’t have to do that later in the day. The Hotel we stayed at had a check out time of 12pm. So we didn’t want to run late or forget anything so it was easier for us to pack up in the morning. Once everything with the hotel was sorted it was time to head out and explore Amsterdam for one final day.
The last place that was on my list of things to visit was the Van Gogh Museum. It was a great start to the day, and once again this is another experience that needs an in-depth review as I have a few opinions in regards to my time there. In total we spent about 2 hours there as well as having a good wander around the gift shop to find the perfect souvenir to sum up our time spent there.
Overall it was a smooth process going in and out of the museum with no lines or waiting required which we was very lucky as this is one attraction that can get very crowded! After we left the museum we explored the area and visited the very iconic and touristy I AMsterdam sign and of course we both got a picture in front of it.
This is one attraction that is very difficult to get a decent picture of. First of all it is always crowded, maybe not at the crack of dawn but at normal visiting times the sign is surrounded in people. The sign is very large in size so it is not the easiest to capture in one photograph. I managed to take a picture of Jonatan at the perfect time, people had moved away and I got the entire length of the sign in. Shame I wasn’t as lucky for my picture, it went very busy when I went up for a photo.
Because we was on a bit of tight schedule due to our flights home, there wasn’t time to see the Rijksmuseum, plus I didn’t think Jonatan would appreciate another visit to a museum as he isn’t a lover of the arts which is why we progressed through the Van Gogh Museum at a steady pace so he wouldn’t get bored. So we made our way back so I could get a snack for a late breakfast.
I grabbed a smoothy for breakfast which was very yummy and kept me full till our last dinner. While we was in the area we stumbled across the most adorable little plant shop in Bilderdijkstraat. This shop is filled with plants, artwork, books, drinks and gardening accessories. When I first entered the shop, the first thing I noticed was the luscious green plants cascading down from the ceiling, then you are greeted with plants everywhere, from little to large, there is a wonderful selection to choose from. It is such a cool idea to have plants hanging down from the ceiling above, I would love to try this out one of the days.
11.30 | A final Snack
If you think one Angus Burger was enough well here is another… this time from McDonalds and honestly it was a really nice meal at a fraction of the price I paid for the meal from Drovers Dog, but that meal was so good. McDonalds did well for themselves with this burger it was a nice treat to end on. It was packed with flavour. I can recommend this if you are ever at a McDonalds that sells Angus Burgers. If you didn’t know the term ‘Angus’ refers to the beef in the burger that comes from Angus cattle.
13.00 | Time to Depart
We arrived at the airport 3 hours early, we used the bus that took us straight from the Hotel to Schiphol Airport. It took 20 minutes to get there, and it wasn’t as stressful as getting on and off trains, it was a more direct route. Despite us getting there early it took us a while to get through security and the check in gates. The airport had closed down the security gate by our check in so we had to walk to the other side of the airport, and this was where everyone else in the airport was being directed. So we was waiting in long lines but it moved through at a decent pace.
When we was heading through security my backpack needed to be checked. Turns out my purse filled with euros that blocked the view during the X-Ray, it was just one large lump of metal on the scan, so my bags needed to be searched. After that I packed up my bag and heading back over to the other side of the airport once again as that was where our boarding gate was. It was so hot in the airport, it was a bad choice to wear a long sleeve shirt when pulling a suitcase around in a crowded environment, it really broke a sweat.
After getting to the gate things seemed to be going well, we got there in good time with a bit of time to relax but… Once again the flight was delayed… At least it wasn’t as lengthy as the flight out, this time the delay was 50 minutes. So we had a lot of time to relax in the sun filled waiting area but it was a little annoying as I wanted to get home.
17.15 | Touch Down and Homeward Bound
We arrived back in the UK just after 5pm. We then caught a train quite late as that was the only one heading in the right direction that we needed to go, so once again another wait but we was glad to be on home turf so I didn’t really mind this time as it gave me a chance to start editing pictures. After a very long day I was back at home just after half 8, and I got straight into my PJ’s. That is the only way to end a very long day traveling!
This has been my series of blog posts on my recent adventures to Amsterdam for my Birthday. I hope you have enjoyed reading them and finding out what I got up to. Be sure to keep an eye out for more in depth blog posts about different attractions I visited. Thank you for taking the time to read these posts, it means a lot.