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Amsterdam

I have been waiting a very very long time to visit Amsterdam. For as long as I can remember, it’s been right near the top of my list of places to visit. When we decided to make this trip during the kids’ fall holiday, we planned four nights in Amsterdam, knowing it wouldn’t be enough but that we’d get a good taste. We had a great AirBnB apartment just outside of centre, in a lovely quiet neighbourhood, and it was so easy to get all over town by tram.

The exterior of our Airbnb apartment; we were on the second floor.

The exterior of our Airbnb apartment; we were on the second floor.

Different coloured brick buildings in our neighbourhood.

Charming coloured brick buildings in our neighbourhood.

walking home

Unsurprisingly, we all fell in love with Amsterdam. The city has such a strong happy vibe, everyone is so nice, and it’s impossible not to love it! Something about the bikes, the canals, the trees, and the gorgeous brick row houses. It just leaps into your heart somehow.

A row of beautiful buildings behind Oosterpark.

A row of beautiful buildings behind Oosterpark.

viney building

I so wish we’d had more time to explore, but we did what we could with our time there. We didn’t over-schedule our days, we just wanted to feel free to wander and enjoy. The kids especially loved the many sprawling parks with incredible playgrounds. We are admittedly pretty lacking in the playground department in our part of France, so this was super exciting for them, and the Dutch really know how to make a fun playground. Each one we visited was amazing!

Kids in the trees! The parks and playgrounds in Amsterdam were awesome.

Kids in the trees! The parks and playgrounds in Amsterdam were awesome.

slides

Oosterpark kids

There were several herons fishing in the stream in Oosterpark. Made us feel right at home!

There were several herons fishing in the stream in Oosterpark. Made us feel right at home!

I was head over heels for the charming brick buildings lining the canals. I loved the trees and ivy, bringing fall colours throughout the city. We took a canal tour on our last night, and the view from water level right at the golden hour was just so pretty.

Canal tour, view down to the bell tower.

Canal tour, view down to the bell tower.

Golden hour on the canal.

Golden hour on the canal.

canal tour golden bridge

lit bridge

canal tour lights

I really hope we can return to Amsterdam once more during of the rest of our year in France, but I just don’t know if it’s going to be possible. I know we’ll be back again someday, so for now we’ll just have to be happy with the wonderful experience we had together in this truly remarkable city.

buildings

pretty buildings

If heaven was a store, this would be mine. I've waited a long time to visit a HAY store.

If heaven was a store, this would be mine. I’ve waited a long time to visit a HAY store. I was a little giddy!

HAY is one of my very favourites, and next on my list for my chair collection back home.

HAY is one of my very favourites, and one of these beauties is next on my list for my chair collection back home.

Sometimes you just need to park yourself in a museum giftshop and read a good art book.

Sometimes you just need to park yourself in a museum giftshop and read a good art book.

A special trip to the Miffy store in De Pijp!

A special trip to the Miffy store in De Pijp!

Amstelpark mini train, with a vintage Porsche front end!

Amstelpark mini train, with a vintage Porsche front end!

Fall colours surrounding the lagoon in Amstelpark.

Fall colours surrounding the lagoon in Amstelpark.

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4 Comments

  1. Marion Jackson says

    Lesley, Thank you for sharing all your wonderful photos and comments . Reading and seeing the pictures is the next best thing to being there in person! Please wish your Mum and Dad a Merry Christmas for me when they arrive and I hope the 6 of you have a wonderful holiday together.

    Take care, Marion

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    • Hi Marion,
      How lovely to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed a peek at our blog 🙂 we are having such a great time – though I’m a little behind in my posts! Lots more to come!
      Mom and Dad arrive in four weeks, we are definitely looking forward to our visit. I will pass along your hello!
      Take care,
      Lesley

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