Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Several weeks ago, while (totally unsuccessfully) attempting to fall into a deep sleep, my mind wandered to travel, as it so often does. I reflected a bit on my brief visit to Europe this past autumn, dreaming of Sicily’s Mediterranean charm, and Montmartre’s quaint, French architecture (though, not literally dreaming. Ah, I wish).

“But which cities do I truly love, love?”, I wondered. My immediate thought was, “All of them, of course!”, but I then shook my head, dissatisfied. Fast forward an hour and… an itty-bitty list of my Top 5 Cities (that I have had the opportunity to see thus far) had been compiled.

1. Paris, France

2. Edinburgh, Scotland

3. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

4. London, England

5. New York City, USA

Yes… Amsterdam is definitelyΒ one of my absolute favorite destinations. In the whole, wide world.

Now, a bit on my history with this particular European metropolis…

I first visited Amsterdam at the age of nine, in the company of my father and maternal grandmother. Though I was fortunate enough to spend sufficient time in both Brussels and Rome on the same trip, Amsterdam was the city little third-grade me fell head-over-heels in love with.

Five years later… I set foot in Holland once again, this time with my father and younger brother, Jake. Dad was conducting business in Amsterdam, and I was just ecstatic to tag along. In spite of the fairly boring trade show, I had a wonderful time… the lovely museums in this delightful place never fail to blow me away.

Ah, and then – Autumn 2014. I accompanied my father on yet another business trip this past fall, and Amsterdam was our final stop prior to flying home. We were in the city for a single full day, half of which was devoted to meeting a Dutch customer in The Hague. I spent the latter portion of daylight hours roaming about the hustling, bustling urban area, leisurely taking photographs and exploring.

Now, as for where you ought to go & what you ought to see while visiting this pretty-pretty city:

Van Gogh Museum – I completely and positively adoreΒ this remarkable/extraordinary/marvelous art museum. Van Gogh’s talent is otherworldly, and each and every painting possesses magical, unique beauty. Love, just love.

Anne Frank House – Oh, this museum is an absolute must-see. Anne Frank’s diary is an utterly profound work, and the historical significance of this home… it is incredible. So, so incredible.

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum is, hands down, my favorite museum of all-time. My favorite painting of all-time can be found here, as well.

Vondelpark – Because it’s pretty!

The ‘Dancing Houses’ – This Dutch architecture is downright gorgeous. I heart it.

Canal Tours – The canals of Amsterdam are breathtaking, in all respects. Please, oh, please take a tour! It is a spectacular experience, truly.

I am so smitten with this darling place. I hope you visit. I hope you love it, too.



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16 comments on “Amsterdam, the Netherlands”

  1. What lovely photos, I haven’t been to Amsterdam but it is on my travel list! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m such a fan of travel posts to feed my wanderlust and Holland has been on my list since I was a child. I love how you’ve captured Amsterdam, even with just a day of exploring πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Christine!
      Amsterdam is such a beautiful place, I hope you have a chance to visit it soon. (and i always love a nice travel post, too. they’re so fun to read.)

  3. I’ve been to Amsterdam twice, and it’s one of my favorite cities. It’s so vibrant and exciting and full of energy – my kind of place! I love all of your favorite places too, you have me majorly missing Europe!

    • Thanks, Rachel! Europe is so pretty, I wish I could visit more often. Hope you have the chance to go again soon!! πŸ™‚

  4. what an amazing list-so funny that NYC made it! πŸ˜€

    and Amsterdam really does look lovely!

  5. I love living in Amsterdam. Been here since last year and this city is so inspiring. I started cooking and baking here and it’s been a great journey with a healthy lifestyle for me!!

    • Oh, I’m so jealous, Agness! I would love to live in Amsterdam… hope you’re enjoying the experience. Just visited your site… I’m looking forward to reading more of it later. And thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚

  6. I’ e always wanted to go to the Netherlands, and these photos have convinced me that I’ve got to make it happen!

    • Thanks for the comment, Sue! I hope you have an opportunity to visit the Netherlands soon… it’s one of my favorite destinations in the world πŸ™‚

  7. Beautiful photos, Abby! Love Amsterdam and hope to return soon πŸ™‚

  8. Ahhhh you’ve been to Amsterdammmm lucky youuu! Beautiful photos, man! And I’ll definitely make use of your list if I ever get to visit Amsterdam :’)