May 14th – Amsterdam

Finally putting my lazy self aside and getting to writing the blog for our NL work/personal trip. Better late then never, this late also means I may have forgotten a few things….will try my best.

We headed out to Amsterdam for a day trip. Were last here with our friends in 2018 during our Cruise and had some amazing memories then.
Took the train from Utrecht to Amsterdam, did not realise how easy train travel was here – highly recommend this mode of transport in NL, super efficient and so cost effective. Got an early start to make the most of the day.

Arrived in Amsterdam in just under 40 mins, it was a glorious day – clear skys and not too warm, allowing lots of walking without getting tired. Time to start walk-abouts.

We were getting peckish, had skipped breakfast, time for some brunch. Walking around the amazing canals and narrow laneways, found a hotel with a nice outside seating overlooking a canal. Had a nice recharge there.

Recharge done, now for some more roaming around…. found an amazing cookie shop, they baked the freshest bestest cookies!!! Must try for anyone coming here. it is called “HET KOEKEMANNETJE”.

We clocked a fair bit of steps today, it was getting close to 2pm, time for a late lunch – did not want anything heavy and opted for Sushi at Shiso – a great place – the Google reviews were right. Sushi here was perfect and just what we needed.

It was then walking about a bit more before heading back to Utrecht. Made it back for a coffe and then to the hotel to rest a bit.

Nita had booked dinner at at Cantina De David – an Italian restaurant that was very highly rated and required bookings to be made weeks ahead. Food was great but the most amazing part was the location and where we were seated, it was like an underground shelter.

Great finish to the night, it had been a long day for us but what made it interesting was the daylight that stayed till around 10pm!

Tomorrow we were off to see the Windmills at Rotterdam.

View from our hotel room – around 9:30pm.

About dharmeshkalyan

Have always loved travelling and will continue to pursue this love. Favourite Travel quotes: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
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