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First Stop: Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Views [383]

I have to admit before coming to Amsterdam, I thought the city was all about legal prostitution and pot. I was surprised each time someone told me it was beautiful. I was unsure when I read that it is a city of museums and chic cafés. Surely a shady city couldn't be those things! I initially only planned to stay two days until I read about the Keukenhof.

I invited my parents along because I knew seeing fields of blooming tulips would be something they would travel for. After a few days in London (or rather near London) and its typical poor weather, we took a ferry over from Harwich to Hoek van Holland. The ferry, Stena Hollandica, exceeded all our expectations, especially my parents'. They were gearing up for a rocky ride in a dirty old ferry. The spacious rooms with clean, comfortable beds and private bathroom ensured they got a good sleep - so much that we nearly missed breakfast and that would've been terrible. Food on the ferry was excellent, varied and greatly abundant. Needless to say, we were very happy!
 
AirBnB was once again my source of finding accommodation. This time its led me to Beathe's lovely apartment in Oud-Zuid, situated close to the beautiful Vondelpark. Like Federico's in Buenos Aires, the place is sunny and simple but not boring. Here and there, Beathe has added her personality with old cameras, her clarinet, souvenirs from holidays, things she's put together, happy phrases and the coolest lights. I can definitely see another positive review coming along.
 
In essence, Amsterdam is reflected in Beathe's apartment. The city has an understated beauty with a style where simplicity forms the base and touches of complexity and colour add spice and create balance. Although the city doesn't have too many sights for tourist's list, its ubiquitous beauty and relaxed atmosphere has made me think it's one of the most liveable cities I've been to.
 
We're visiting the Keukenhof tomorrow - I need to get some sleep!

Tags: airbnb, boats, cities, european adventure, family, flowers, nature, sightseeing

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