As the last couple of days have been gallivanting to the country – Keukenhof Gardens on Thursday and the lovely City Delft on Friday, it was decided that a wee hop on, hop off the trams in the actual city was due. Unfortunately, the Aunt had a cold coming on so decided she would stay at the air BnB for the day.
Mum really wanted to check out the Rijksmuseum. Another blip to the day was getting there and seeing the rather long queue – so we ditched that idea and for the next 15-20 minutes posed for photos with #iamamsterdam and the Rijksmuseum in the background. TIP– get your tickets before going and don’t go between 11am&2pm (busy!). Unison had a collaboration with Miffy statues around the pond and museum green so got a one or two shots of these! In my view, You are NEVER too old to like Miffy! #toocute
Once looking at the map, Mum and I decided to go to the Vondelpark. On the way to the park, you can walk down Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat and boy you can tell where all the money is – designer shops galore!
The Vondelpark is a great open space but watch out for the large groups of bicycle tours if you are crossing! We wondered round and headed towards Pijp area for lunch.
On the walk over to Olde Pijp, Mum and I spotted a lovely glass shop, Van Glas selling very cute glass bottles with houses imprinted in them. The artist who knew English, (most dutch do – thankfully!) spoke of how he blew the glass on his workbench and how he made the bottles whilst finishing them off with a stamp which had the house print on it. My only “doh!” moment is that I wished I bought three and not just two! They are so pretty!
For lunch, I had the Butchershop bookmarked since last time. “The Butcher Shop” is a burger place and a very nice burger it does too. The interior is basic, it has 4 tables so it can become busy very quickly. It’s quite cool as you can watch the guys flip the burgers and cause flames on the grill. It took a while to realise where it was as the Saturday market was running along the Albert Cuypstraat and the stalls were hiding it! The burgers were very filling but really juicy and tasty!
After lunch, we strolled through the rest of the market and came across wonderful scarves by Spicy Scarves Amsterdam. Waheeda or Mrs A, owner and creator of the beautiful scarves told us how she loves to put two or three of these scarves together to make one. It’s another art of sewing. I instantly fell in love with this mint & cream creation, like Mrs A said it certainly “makes my eyes pop” and my tan browner 😉
I’m certainly going to have to go back to Albert Cuypstraat as there were a few fabric shops that had cotton linen at a decent price and had colours I really eyed up! ❤
After the market, both of us needed a coffee and thought a revisit to the Hortus Botanics was a good idea. There was quite a queue to get in, but it soon moved and eventually we got in. We wondered around and then sat for coffee and cheesecake, which was rather tranquil.
Just outside the botanicals there is a bridge in which the road goes vertical to let passing boats through – it’s quite a sight!
Well, that’s most of the trip covered. I’ve got lots more photos which are on my SLR camera, which I need to sieve through. Once I’ve done that and processed them, I will defo share them with you guys! xx