10 Hours in Amsterdam

While planning our honeymoon to Paris, we found out that Amsterdam was only a few hours away by train. We knew for sure that it would be worth the journey , even if just for a few hours. So, my gracious parents booked us train tickets to see Holland for the day… 10 hours to be exact. Just as we hoped, it was so worth it!  

The Train Ride

(www.thalys.com)

We took the Thaly’s train from Paris Nord at 6:30am. We were comfortable as ever in the large seats with airplane-like service.  They served us breakfast and coffee as we enjoyed the lovely view from the train. At around 9:30am, the train pulled up at Amsterdam Central.

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The Hop On – Hop Off Canal Tour

As you step out of the Amsterdam Central train station, you’ll be greeted by a lovely tourist office that can tell you everything you need to know about spending time in the city. We knew for sure that we wanted to ride a glass top boat through the beautiful canals so we opted to see the city via the hop-on-hop-off boat tour. It was a brilliant way to see Amsterdam. As we floated through the canals, we marvelled at the lovely homes and the tour guide shared the history behind the city.

Hop on Hop Off Boat

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Oude Kerk Church

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The Van Gogh Museum  

For about € 15, you can enjoy a walk through a gallery of Vincent Van Gogh’s most iconic pieces work (including the Almond Blossom, my favorite).  Although Van Gogh created most of his masterpieces in France, he is indeed Dutch. This also explains why this particular museum houses the largest collection of his work.

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 The Rijksmuseum

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10 Horurs in Amsterdam

Strolling the Streets

We really enjoyed the city’s charm. We found ourselves constantly stopping to purchase art or little things for our home.

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Anne Frank’s House (top right) , Nieuwe Kafe (bottom right) , The Museum of Bags and Purses (bottom center), and the lovely Magna Plaza shopping center (bottom left)

Freshly Baked Stroop Waffles. Nuff Said. 

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Bloemenmarkt (The Flower Market)

Since Holland is known for its lovely tulips, I hoping to blown away by a haven of blooms. However, because we were there during the winter, the selection of flowers were very limited. In February, the flower market still has a few winter blooms and a lot of bulbs and seed packets that you can take home. But I’m sure that it is much,much more beautiful in the springtime. In the end decided to bring home a few “tulips in a can” as gifts. Not a bad consolation prize.

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