I had a big 2 days in Holland, starting with Amsterdam! Starting early to head to the floating flower markets, I got here and wished I had chosen to sleep in. It sounds like a market full of fresh flowers perhaps on boats or at least a jetty, but alas, it was about 6 small shops selling mainly bulbs and merchandise. *insert underwhelmed face here*.
That’s when I then started my journey through the museums I wanted to see! There are over 75 of them in the city, so you'll definitely find one you’re interested in. Wandering in front of the “I amsterdam” letters, I started with the Rijksmuseum. Then, of course, the Van Gogh museum, and I stumbled upon the “Momo” museum, featuring works of Banksy next to Salvador Dali. Yeah...odd...but interesting. One thing I tried to do next was the Anne Frank House, and I MISSED OUT. If you go, PRE BUY TICKETS, otherwise you line up for 3 hours (no lie) and get told no if you don’t reach the entrance before they close.
Luckily the sun doesn’t set till about 10:30 pm, so I took a cruise along the canals and wandered the streets of Jordaan admiring the classic architecture and homes. Fun fact..because families get taxed on how wide their house is, they build up! Hence why you see them all narrow, yet tall. They build the facades slightly tilted forward and put a hook on the outside roof so that they can bring things up to the top floor from the bottom.
It is also obvious how a lot are leaning! A city being built on soft ground=some houses sinking a little.
Ended the night causing some Amsterdamage!
18 hours, 18,000 steps, 1 bus, 1 boat, and I’m passing out!