Amsterdam Day 6 : Dutch Masters

Amsterdam Day 6 : Dutch Masters

After enjoying truly gorgeous weather, we awoke on our sixth day in Amsterdam to a grey rainy day. Luckily, we had planned for the weather.

After bundling up and grabbing our umbrellas we set out to track down what we thought was an Australian-South America restaurant for breakfast. We had perused their menu online the night before and we were looking forward to something a little different and very hardy for the cold wet day. While the food was good, it was not at all the menu listed online and was a bit overpriced. Not wanting to venture back out into the cold I enjoyed my yogurt, granola, and pouched pair while Ryan had an egg dish (that honestly I can’t remember now).

Since we had known the weather would be cold and wet, we had already reserved tickets to the Rijksmuseum. So it was back to the Museumplein. Continue reading “Amsterdam Day 6 : Dutch Masters”

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The 19 Hours between Amsterdam & Home

* More Amsterdam posts coming later this week. In the meantime, here’s a little thing I wrote about our flight home.

I have never been so happy to see my bed. After lugging in our bags, a quick “welcome home” cuddle with the cat, and brushing my teeth, my head hits the pillow of our bed and I am out within moments. Glad to be home after a horrible 19 hours.

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We arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare. Our airline desk hasn’t even opened yet. Which means we had time to caffeinate before going through security. Continue reading “The 19 Hours between Amsterdam & Home”

Amsterdam Day 5: Animals Big and Microscopic

Amsterdam Day 5: Animals Big and Microscopic

Since we had missed out on the zoo the previous day and the weather was still dry and sunny we decided to head back and spend the day surrounded by animals.

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For breakfast we revisited Omelegg. (And we sat at the same table) Ryan had the Viking omelet and I decided to try something from their sweet menu. Never would I have thought to put figs, walnuts and maple syrup in an omelet but it is now my favorite way to eat an egg. And the accompanying assortment of fruit was a wonderfully refreshing start to the day.

Continue reading “Amsterdam Day 5: Animals Big and Microscopic”

Amsterdam Day 4: Windmills and Fireworks

Amsterdam Day 4: Windmills and Fireworks

Waking up to a brilliant blue sky, we made our way to Pancakes Amsterdam for breakfast. It was a bitter day and we patiently waited outside for a table to open up in the tiny restaurant. From the line that quickly formed behind us it became apparent we’d lucked out and had arrived between two rushes.

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We both ordered traditional dutch pancakes, which I knew were larger and thinner than American pancakes. I was not expecting it to be massive. My pancake had spinach, pine nuts and goat cheese. (You’ll notice that goat cheese is a favorite of mine.) It was delicious and perfectly filling. Continue reading “Amsterdam Day 4: Windmills and Fireworks”

Amsterdam Day 3: Walking and More Walking

Amsterdam Day 3: Walking and More Walking

While we started the day a little earlier than day two, we still slept in partially due to staying out late the night before as well as adjusting to the bed in the houseboat.

We started off the day with brunch at DeBakkerswinkel with a variety of pastries and some eggs. I particularly enjoyed the lemon curd, it’s brightness helped perk me up. That and a cup of coffee. (Sadly I was not awake enough to think to get any photos)

We had plans for the afternoon and decided to finally make our way up to the city center to wander and see the architecture. Continue reading “Amsterdam Day 3: Walking and More Walking”

Amsterdam Day 1: Overcoming Jet Lag

Amsterdam Day 1: Overcoming Jet Lag

After a long flight and some minor delays, we landed in Amsterdam and made our way to the houseboat where we were renting a room. There was a minor mix up with the room so we dropped off our bags and headed out into the city while our host prepped the room.

We stopped at a cafe for some much needed coffee then walked to a small city park. I commented on how their mallard ducks were a little different than ours and we saw some birds that we couldn’t place. (just looked them up and they were Eurasian coots) These birds would float along the canal passed our houseboat, crackling and chirping. Continue reading “Amsterdam Day 1: Overcoming Jet Lag”