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Arriving in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has been on my list for some time.

I have never heard a bad word from anyone who’s visited.

So, it’s safe to say that I was more than a little excited to finally check into our hotel!

One that’s been on my Pinterest radar for ever, The Dylan.

Just look at this room!

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A gorgeous open plan attic space, with a sitting room at one end, a huge tub at the other, and a marshmallow bed between the two.

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And a breezy little view into the famous courtyard below.

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Having abandoned our bags, we raced out to explore in the last of the afternoon light.

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As soon as you step out of the front door, you’re hit with the iconic views of Amsterdam; rows of brick townhouses, with huge windows, overlooking the canals.

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I immediately fell in love with the architecture and my jaw didn’t stop hitting the floor for the rest of the trip.

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Amsterdam is like a lighter, airier, waterier, smaller, friendlier version of New York.

(I know, I know, New York used to be New Amsterdam, no kidding!)

But I was really taken aback by the similarity. The canals mean much less traffic, less polution, less noise, but the buildings look the same and the cafe culture and shopping is remarkably similar to being in Downtown New York, or The West Village.

I like it enormously.

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Exploring in double denim.

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Jean shirt // Jean jeans

Mirrored sunglasses // Black boots

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Fringed bag // Silver watch

Trinity bangles // Soulmate bangle

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We strolled through the winding alleys and over to the Rijksmuseum.

I found my dreamhouse on the way.

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^ That beauty there, on the right.

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We walked right underneath the belly of the museum…

 

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… and emerged to find an infestation of bunnies on the other side.

We did our best to blend in.

 

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We marched up and down the streets, taking in as much as possible, while chattering happily.

Occasionally grabbing each other and saying “ohhh look at that one!” about an apartment with enormous windows!

You really would think we didn’t get out much, but we both find window size and ceiling hight quite the conversation starter! *adjusts spectacles*

After an exciting afternoon we cooled our jets at George WPA.

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Admired the combination of wood, marble and leather…

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…but plumped for a seat outside in the sunshine.

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Just in time for rosè o’clock.

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We nibbled on some of the best ruddy calimari I’ve ever had, and very Dutch croquets.

Before walking on to a friend’s house for supper.

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No pictures from their place I’m afraid, but we had Indonesian, it was wonderful.

 

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