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Published December 7th 2014
The city with more bicycles than people
Dinner that evening was at Vapianos, one of our favourite franchises, as it is reliably consistent and tasty, cooked freshly in front of you and quite affordable. Also, in Amsterdam, it was literally down the street from where we were staying at the Double Tree by Hilton.
From trams, trains, bicycles, boats, ferries, the occasional cab squeezing by, and of course pedestrians and cars, you can take your pick from the transport options! We mostly walked or cycled around. On Saturday morning, we jumped on our bikes and went to find some breakfast - the internet didn't prove that helpful so we chose to explore the streets and stop at a place we thought looked nice.. There were a couple of cafes along the canals on one side, with a square in front of a church that had a weekend market set up on it. My husband was hugely disappointed with the Dutch coffee but I thought my cappuccino was rather nice.
From here, we decided to check out the tulip markets (Amsterdam is big for tulips) and there was also a tulip museum nearby, which is basically a shop but you may purchase tickets to learn the history and story of tulips. Parking our bicycles on a side street, we walked around the tiny market, which mostly sold tulip buds, seeds, grown tulip plants and every other tulip related item you can think of including souvenirs. There were also restaurants here, a cheese shop where you may taste different cheeses and buy some to take home, as well as a tourist agent office, which we accidentally stumbled upon. And lucky we did because we wouldn't have gotten discounted tickets if we hadn't.
We purchased tickets to the Van Gogh museum (there are other museums in Amsterdam but we didn't think had the time to see the rest nor were we particularly interested but you might be so do check them out), the evening canal ride, and entry including three drinks to the famous Ice bar, the 'coldest bar in Amsterdam'. There are of course ice bars in many other cities however we'd never been and it was a novelty kind of thing to do, so why not. You must pre book this otherwise you can't get in. It is also a good idea to prebook the time for the museum as you can skip the queue to gain priority access, which saves time. We however didn't know this hence waited in the queue for about 20 minutes or so.