Exploring the Real Netherlands: Utrecht

Utrecht mural

The first two times I visited The Netherlands, I only visited Amsterdam. I fell in love with the city, the food, and the Dutch people, and that love drew me back to the country a third time. But on this trip, I wanted to get away from the capital, with it’s…

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Amsterdam Day Trip – Breakdown

Amsterdam - Views

Yesterday I published a post all about my amazing day trip in Amsterdam earlier this year. I packed a huge amount into my eight hour adventure – when I wrote yesterday’s post I was actually surprised at just how much of Amsterdam you can see in a short time. Anyway,…

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How I did Amsterdam in One Day

How I did Amsterdam in One Day

When my work sent me to Amsterdam at the end of January, I couldn’t resist booking a day’s holiday and making the most of my first trip to this fantastic city. Initially, I was a little worried I wouldn’t have time to see much of the city in just one…

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Amsterdam – Dam Square

Horse and cart in Dam Square

A few more photos from my Amsterdam trip, of the lovely Dam Square in the city centre. Since it’s a pretty popular and well known tourist spot, I’ll keep this post relatively short! Dam Square is home to a number of notable buildings, including the beautiful 15th century church Nieuwe Kerk,…

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Amsterdam – Bookshops

Book shop in Amsterdam

Just a short post today – yet again from Amsterdam! I hope no one is getting bored of these yet! As I walking down Nieuwezjids Voorburgwal past the Amsterdam Museum – initially planning to duck in there to shelter from the rain on my way to the flower market on the Singel – I…

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Shops in Amsterdam

Antiques shop in Amsterdam

Another little group of photos from my trip to Amsterdam for you (I swear I am finally nearing the end of these!), this time of various shops I found around the city. There were so many lovely little shops in Amsterdam, from swanky boutiques and art galleries near Prinsengracht Street where…

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Amsterdam – Doors and Windows

Amsterdam - Doors and Windows

I know I’ve been posting a lot of photos from my Amsterdam trip lately, so I’m sorry if you’re all getting bored of them! It’s just that I took about 400, and it’s such a lovely, beautiful city – I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of them. I’ve been…

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Amsterdam – Views

Amsterdam - Views

Amsterdam is full of incredible views – it seemed impossible for me to cross a bridge without stopping to snap yet another photograph of yet another picturesque canal (probably why I’m still working through my hundreds of photos). Anyway, I thought I’d just share a small gallery of some of…

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British Food Shop in Amsterdam

British Food Shop in Amsterdam

One of the things I love about living in London (although I expect it’s the same in many UK cities) is the amount of foreign food shops that are available. Particularly, I love shops like Cyber Candy that are choc-a-bloc with sweets from around the world, including those e-number-packed American sweets…

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Love Locks in Amsterdam

Love Locks in Amsterdam

While I was in Amsterdam in February, I discovered a few of these engraved padlocks, known as Love Locks, on a bridge over the Groenburgwal Canal. The drawbridge affords a great view of the Zuiderkerk (Southern Church) tower, and it’s sturdy black iron chains have been decked out with dozens…

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Waterlooplein – Amsterdam’s Flea Market

Waterlooplein - Amsterdam's Flea Market

Yes that’s right, in one day in Amsterdam I managed to visit three different markets! I’ve already shared my photos from the Bloemenmarkt and from the Albert Cuyp Market, but I also made it to the fascinating Waterlooplein – a flea market in Amsterdam’s old Jewish Quarter, which has been…

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