Sunday, January 6, 2013

Amsterdam

Oh Amsterdam, I love you so! This is a city I could easily live in. It was especially charming to experience the city during the Christmas season, but I can't wait to see it in the spring or summer as well. In December the city lights were up, the trees were decorated and the holiday ollie bollens were out on the street carts!  Perfect Christmas Magic.


Loved this lunch spot, Two for Joy


Hopped on a charming canal cruise




How could you not love a city when everywhere you turn are tulips, even in the winter!


Doing as the dutch do, biking!

The best breakfast spot, Pancakes!


Brunch at Buffet Van Odette was delicious, so fresh and seasonal

Nightly ritual, Belgium street waffels

Leaving our hotel for a night out on the town

Magical at night


I loved the charming 17th century streets of Amsterdam, so much old architectural beauty. In contrast, I also loved how progressive and modern the city was at the same time. A city that really appreciates design. I felt constantly inspired on the streets. We found so many cute boutiques and galleries in the 9 Streets that capture the city's chic style. We later stumbled upon a beautiful dinner spot called Lion Noir and topped it off with the best Dutch apple pie from Winkel (thanks to Liz at Explore Dream Discover)

 On the weekend, while I wasn't working, we were also able to visit the Hermitage Museum to check out the Van Gogh exhibit (since the Van Gogh Museum is currently under renovation). So spectacular! After, we experienced the Anne Frank Museum which was so stirring and emotional. Joel and I both agree that our favorite part of the trip was renting bikes and just cruising around the city and exploring on our own. Baah! Already can't wait to go back!

14 comments:

  1. These are great. You're right, everything looks so charming! I'm loving those leopard booties! And you look so chic while biking! ;)

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  2. BEAUTIFUL! Booking flight now... :)

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  3. Your leopard booties are amazing! Where did you find them? :)

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    1. Shoe Mint! So affordable, love that website!

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  4. Where is that fabulous orange hat from??! I love it! Amsterdam does look so charming, I want to visit now!

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    1. Thank you Carri :) It's from Anthropologie!

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  5. Wow hoe geweldig! Ik hield van de Stroopwafels werden ze zo verdomd goed!

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  6. This looks like such a fun trip! Amsterdam is so beautiful and it's definitely on my list to visit in the next five years. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I just read your hat is from anthro... I got the same one for Christmas! :)

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  8. Wat super leuk om te lezen hoe andere over ons land denken.
    Het is heerlijk om een Nederlander te zijn :)

    Grappig ook dat jullie zijn gaan fietsen, dat doet inderdaad iedereen in Nederland ;)

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  9. Hi Morgan, my bf and I are going to Amsterdam last min this weekend for our Anniversry - could you let me know what hotel you stayed in and if you would recommened it?

    Thanks, love love love the blog!!
    Caz, London

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    1. Caz - So excited for you guys! I'm jealous you live in London and have such easy access to so many amazing Europe destinations.

      To be honest, I wasn't crazy about the hotel I stayed in, it was the Albus. Great location but kind of dark and dingy. I would suggest the Andaz Hotel. It's a boutique hotel right on one of the main canals close to the 9 streets where there is great shopping! xo

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    2. Thanks so much for your reply and advice! We take it for granted living so close to so many amazing cities, this year is the year of the city break - although so jealous of your cali life and sunshine! Caz xx

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