3 days in Amsterdam
Amsterdam holds a very special place in my heart because it was my first travel abroad at the age of 18, and it was a trip organised all by myself.
Pen Pal from The Netherlands
Why to the Netherlands? I had a pen pal who was living in a little town in the countryside, called Gouda. I visited The Netherlands in order to spend one week with her and her family in Gouda.
Back then, Instagram and Facebook didn’t exist. If you had a friend abroad, you didn’t chat online. But you were sending letters written by hand in order to stay in touch.
All those years, since the age of 18, I always wanted to go back to Amsterdam but it never occured. Until the day an invitation to travel to Amsterdam popped up in my inbox while I was vacationing in Mykonos.
I was invited by an advertsing agency from Germany to join a small group of creative minds in Amsterdam for a photography project (look for #smartinstabattle on Instagram). How cool is that? And this is how, more or less, I found myself in Amsterdam at the end of September. I was thrilled to be back.
I thought I should write a few words about this experience and share a few photos from the hotel where I stayed, as well as a bunch of interesting venues that you may want to add to the list of places to visit in your next Amsterdam trip.
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3 days in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Day 1
Together with the team, we had dinner at The Lobby restaurant. The Lobby is situated on the groundfloor of the Hotel V Nesplein and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will definetely come back to this place for one more delightful dinner with candles.
Amsterdam Day 2
After spending a wonderful day with my friend Rebecca driving around the city of Amsterdam in an effort to take the best Instagram picture, I was quite tired in the evening. The best way to end the second day was dining at the Bar Brasserie OCCO which is located at The Dylan hotel in central Amsterdam. That was exactly what I needed for this night: Relaxed ambience, great food and a litte bit of me time.
Next time I should remember to check The Vinkeles restaurant (located in the same hotel)!
Amsterdam Day 3
Although there are great museums to visit in Amsterdam, I preferred to spend half of the day walking leisurely through the streets and getting lost in the canals and in the bridges, before I caught the flight to Paris.
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Amsterdam travel tips
Check Benji’s for Balinese vibes in Amsterdam
Van Stapele for the best cookies in the world
Corner Bakery for breakfast and brunch
and Kanarie Club for the best meals, drinks and bites all day, every day!