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Anniversary in Amsterdam

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Two years ago on May 3rd I married Mr H-L, on the tenth anniversary of our first date.

After twelve years, I still get butterflies in my tummy when I see him:)

Wedding

We decided there and then that we would celebrate every wedding anniversary in style and go away on our own – life after The Big C is very precious and each anniversary is a bonus.

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Life before The Boys included the odd city break to Barcelona, Venice, Bruges and the like so, for our first anniversary we went to Geneva – this year we chose Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, often mistakenly referred to as Holland. Watch this brilliantly amusing clip to find out why https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE_IUPInEuc

We swear by the DK ‘Eyewitness’ Travel Guides – they’re perfect for us as we want to pack in as much culture as is humanly possible in three days!

DK book

Getting there couldn’t be simpler – trains leave from Schiphol airport and go direct to the centre of Amsterdam from where our hotel was just a short walk.

Amsterdam Centraal Station is a pretty fine piece of architecture itself and looks especially lovely lit up at night.

station

After checking in at 10pm, we went exploring…..

canal by night

….and sat outside a bar overlooking a canal with a pint of the local beer.

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Saturday was spent doing the sights.

Anne Frank's Huis

canal view

Another beer and a spot of lunch in between sightseeing.

bar

No prizes for guessing where we are in this photo – the completely wonderful Van Gogh museum in which we immersed ourselves for the entire afternoon.

Van Gogh

We discovered an amazing Tapas Bar down a side street, met a lovely Dutch couple and ended up staying until nearly midnight eating, drinking and chatting.

Tapas

Sunday saw a turn in the weather, but it didn’t stop us walking the suggested canal route in the DK book, the pages of which were soaked through by the end.

The walk took us past many notable buildings and we also took a slight detour to a museum that the guide recommended.

The house in the centre of the photo below was left to the city in the will of it’s last owner in about 1890, on condition that it was opened to the public as a museum – the Willet-Holthuysen museum.

museum

Two of the floors are left exactly as they were, the lower ground floor was reconstructed to the same period and the top floor displays all her art.

It’s well worth a visit as it shows how the Merchants typically lived at that time. It also gives you an idea of what all the other houses would have looked before over a hundred years of constant modernising took it’s toll and saw them chopped up into offices and flats.

merchant's house

More beer in a bid to shelter from the rain…..

beer

….which led to emergency use of the (very) public facilities!

loo

The same night was our actual anniversary and my lovely husband booked an evening canal cruise inclusive of five courses and as much prosecco and wine that you could drink!

Unfortunately, even a newly purchased dutch umbrella couldn’t stop the damp air making frizz out of my hair:(

cruise

The food was spectacular – have you ever heard of Broccoli Panna Cotta with Piccallilli?!

Cruise food

Amsterdam must be a romantic hot-spot because, aside from the usual Hen parties and Stag groups, we witnessed a proposal on our dinner cruise…..

proposal

….and a newly married couple being whisked away by tuk-tuk, complete with tins trailing along noisily behind.

wedding tuk tuk

Monday saw us taking the obligatory trip out to the bulb fields to see the tulips. Altogether now – “When it’s Spring again, I’ll bring again, Tulips from Amsterdam”.

tulip fields

bulbfields

Keukenhof was the destination though, a 70 acre wooded park about half an hour from the city, which only opens for eight weeks of the year whilst the tulips are in bloom. How lucky were we that it coincided with our trip!

pinks

purples

vista

These flower ‘beds’ made me smile.

flower beds

windmill

2015 marks 125 years since the death of Van Gogh and Keukenhof planted an incredible floral tribute.

Van Gogh floral

The blossom on the cherry trees was magnificent and reminded me of his painting “Almond Blossom”.

almond blossom

On the walk back from the tour bus to collect our suitcases we spotted those fatal words “Seafood Bar”, an unassuming place hiding behind row upon row of bicycles.

(Did I mention the 22,000,000,000 bikes for the Dutch population of 17,000,000,000?!)

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There was no way we were ever going to walk by and not go in!

Seafood

Just look at his face and the anticipation of dripping all that lobster sauce down the paper bibs they give you.

Bruce

Champagne and Mixed Grill – the perfect end to a perfect wedding anniversary.

Now, where shall we go next year?

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51 thoughts on “Anniversary in Amsterdam

  1. What a wonderful post! Happy, happy Anniversary! I’m thrilled to read (and see!) you’ve had a wonderful time in “my” city and “my” country, Sheila! Marianne xx

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  2. Happy Anniversary. Lovely pictures – as always. Glad you had a wonderful time despite the rain. My daughter works in Utrecht, so thanks fro the YouTube Geography lesson to share with her. I’m sure she’ll be amused.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! What beautiful photographs to capture beautiful memories 🙂 Your wedding dress is amazing by the way!

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  4. Happy Anniversary!!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story along with the beautiful pictures. I love the wedding gown and my favorite part was that you still get butterflies, that is soooo sweet!!!

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  5. Best wishes and happy Anniversary 😊 wow,you looked so gorgeous in that wedding dress!!! 😍😍😍 Stunning and beautiful 🌹🌹🌹
    the travel guide…. I have two similar at mine but on about London and the other about Croatia,some very old editions, I think the early 2000, but dear to me because they are a gift from an old friend… Still have to come to London….

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    • Thank you! We have a shelf full of DK travel guides (a wish list) and Hubby just picked one of them that we hadn’t been to yet. It was a surprise for me until a week or so ago:)

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  6. I forgot to say that the photos are beautiful,as usual! Such an explosion of colour and love for life! Fantastic!!!!

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  7. Beautiful photos in this post. Happy anniversary! It’s always lovely to spend some time time child free, always makes me appreciate them more when I get back 🙂 Lovely to see the merchant’s house. I’m currently reading The Miniaturist, which is about just such a merchant.

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  8. Happy Anniversary!!! 🙂 Oh what a fabulous time you both had judging by the wonderful pictures and so many new amazing memories now to go with them. You looked beautiful and your Wedding Dress was stunning – I can’t wait to see next year’s trip!!! 😀

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  9. I’m just going to echo all the other comments – wildly romantic wedding dress – and why not, especially as you still experience the rush whenever you see him. He must be a good one! Amsterdam looks stunning in your photos despite the rain!

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    • Yes, the dress was a bit OTT but I just picked the first one I saw because I couldn’t be doing with all that nonsense associated with hunting for ‘the perfect gown’. It’s a great city and quite quiet due to bikes and trams but not many cars, so very pleasant to just wander around and enjoy the sights.

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  10. What lovely photos. Makes me want to go there! Happy anniversary!

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  11. What a wonderful trip! Love your tulip photos .
    Your wedding dress was to die for! Happy anniversary xx

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  12. Wow! What a trip! So many parts I am envious of – the tulips look stunning and unlimited prosecco sounds blissful! Happy Anniversary! Next year will be a tough one!

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  13. Aw, wonderful photos to make wonderful memories! Happy anniversary! ❤️

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  14. What an awesome post!! The photos of your anniversary trip are all stunning. You both look like you had a fantastic time. Your wedding pics brought tears to my eyes. Your gown is beyond beautiful and you both look so happy. Happy Anniversary to you both.

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  15. Happy Anniversary. Loved your post and all the gorgeous photos.
    Thanks for sharing with us all. Hugs. 🙂

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  16. You have a beautiful wedding dress!

    Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful trip and did so much in such a short time! Amsterdam kooks beautiful. I may need to add it to my list of places to go 🙂

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  17. Oh wow wow wow wow wow, you are one lucky lady 🙂 The flowers are so beautiful. As is your wedding dress. And your cruise… oh I need to go to Amsterdam! I don’t know where you’ll go that’ll top it next year?!

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    • Yes, I am lucky! Each city break we do surprises me in how much nicer they are than I think they’re going to be. Venice actually brought a lump to my throat though, so nowhere has surpassed that yet:)

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  18. What a wonderful anniversary! And the is a stunning wedding dress!

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  19. Happy Anniversary. Wow those tulips, just stunning. Envious of Europeans who can just ‘duck across’ to neighbouring countries. A little further afield but I would recommend Peru or India. Food for thought.

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    • Australia has long been on my list too, but Machu Picchu is at the number one spot. By the time we can afford to go there we’ll be too old to trek probably! I must admit, being able to city hop through different cultures and languages is brilliant, I never tire of it:)

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  20. Happy Anniversary!!! you are a lovely couple, and I totally enjoyed this post, I want to visit Europe again soon… 🙂

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