We were fortunate to not only squeeze this city in during our trip but to have our good friend Sara join us for a weekend. Sara is a longtime friend of both of us and someone who was up for a random 48-hour adventure from her home in NYC. She landed at 7am on Friday morning and left on Sunday morning, so we attacked the city the best we could. The great thing about her is she is up for exploring, photo safari’s, great meals and laughs, so it was a seamless fit for what we wanted to do. In addition, her cousin Z was in town so we got to hang with her as well as she works in the music industry and while there Amsterdam was hosting the largest electronics music festival in Europe. The main things we fit in during the 48 hours…
- Stayed at the W hotel (Thanks to Sara!!!) – and felt like BALLERS.
- Van Gogh Museum – Pretty impressive stuff even if you aren’t die hard into art.
- Anne Frank House – Couldn’t get in due to lines but saw the outside (wha whaaaa).
- Dam Square – Great for pictures.
- Jordaan Neighborhood – We walked all around the city but this was the best area. Took hundreds of photos on just about every bridge as the fall colors were amazing.
- Amazing meals – We were spoiled being with Sara and had probably the best meal of our trip when we went to Michelin-rated Envy and stuffed our faces.
- Red Light District – Can’t tell you what happened here obviously.
Overall, the city is a MUST for anyone going to Europe. It has such a different feeling than any other. For one, there are nearly a million bicycles in the city. A MILLION. There are four times more bikes than cars and almost more than people. Not only does this create a really efficient and clean city, but it makes it feel like it is alive and bustling. In addition to the bikes, the layout is beautiful with much of the city built along beautiful canals with tons of bridges. Frankly, it is a photographers dream. I hope our pictures below do it some justice.