postcards: amsterdam

This was our third adventure in the beautiful city of Amsterdam and, aside from London, our only repeat-offender. With each trip, we always plant to visit new destinations, but always end up spending just a few days in Amsterdam on the way to somewhere else. We really can’t help ourselves. It’s centrally located and has such a small, neighborly vibe compared to all of the larger destinations in Europe – why not keep coming back?

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We always stay in the Jordaan District, because of it’s quiet streets and not so red lights. This time, we actually stayed on an airbnb canal boat: here is the listing :) Our hostess, Katrina, mentioned that her and her boyfriend had just recently purchased the boat and intended to eventually fix it up and live on it. It already seemed perfectly live-able to me (you’ll see by the pictures), but I get it.

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Upon arrival, we had lunch at a breakfast-type place called Vinnie’s followed by stopping at Marqt to load up on wine and cheese. We knew we’d be spending a lot more time on the boat (people watching) and needed fuel for that sort of thing.

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For dinner, we picked up pizza from our favorite spot, La Perla and sat on the deck of our boat to people-watch.

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The next morning, woke up fairly early and went to Headfirst Coffee and did some laundry at the cutest little “Wasserette”.

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Afterwards, rented bikes around the corner from our place at Bike City. From our neighborhood, we rode down to The Stedelijk to see the Matisse exhibit and explore the southern part of the city. Afterward, we headed back to Jordaan and wandered into shops like Fjallraven Kanken (so I could purchase my long-awaited backpack), Property of… (another amsterdam favorite), antik (antique) stores, and Kitsch Kitchen.

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I also found an vintage children’s book store while wandering around and ended up scoring some dutch Alice in Wonderlands to bring home with me. I also found some while we were in London for a few days.

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Finally, we had dinner reservations scheduled at De Kas – a restaurant located in a greenhouse. It was about a 30 minute bike ride outside of the city and I loved getting a little exercise in before our large meal – which was prix fix and so yummy.

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The next day, we took off to the train station for our ride down to Lyon. Amsterdam is such a gorgeous city. For more travel posts, click here.

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