I’m writing this post while waiting in line at the Anne Frank house. Apparently from where I am, it’s a 3 hour wait. Good thing we just devoured a whole pizza. The cheese craze here is real and justifiably so because it’s so good, it’ll make you shout Cheesus Christ!
Some of you have been asking if I could share my tips / guides on transportation or museums in Paris and all the other places I’ll be visiting. I’m more than happy to – I think I will be making them separate posts from my personal travel diaries though! 🙂
Alright alright, let’s start from the beginning. After leaving Paris, we hopped on a ride that spanned 3 train transfers in 5 hours. We arrived in Central Station and took the ferry to our place. Then at the suggestion of a coworker, we went to Pancake Bakery for dinner and shared a Greek crepe and guess what? They don’t gyp you on the meat here!
We had our ~oh so romantic~ post-dinner walk where I fell in love with crooked windows and buildings. I mean, look at this!!
The next day we got up early to head to the I am Amsterdam sign, and hot dam was it crowded.
Nearby was the Van Gogh museum, which had the most amazing pastel art, and you should most definitely Gogh!
For all you Instagram foodies, this next one is for you. We went to The Avocado Show, find their Instagram here. We got a poke bowl and nachos to share, complimented by a delicious banana avocado smoothie. If you love avocados as much as I do, you haas to try it.
In typical Amsterdam nature, we took a trip to Condomerie and the Sex Museum. I don’t know how to describe what I saw. Also no pictures allowed, so you’d have to be there 😉
We stumbled across Blue Amsterdam where we got drinks before dinner and enjoyed this amazing view.
A couple weeks ago, we made a reservation at Cannibale Royale (and I encourage you to do this too!) because this place packs up quickly. They’re known for their steaks and ribs, so we ordered a rack of ribs and chicken wings with a bacon-filled jacket potato on the side.
After all this, we were on the hunt for dessert. Calories don’t count when you’re on vacation right? We found a waffle place in the middle of the Red Light district and it hit the spot. The waffles were perfectly soft inside and crisp outside. I can’t write anymore about this because I’m drooling.
There’s apparently a an intersection where you can see up to 15 bridges at once and it’s supposed to be, umm, what they call “breathtaking” at night, but I think you might have to be on a boat for that because this is what I saw. You can kind of see little bridges under this!
On our third day here, we knew we were going to start waiting in line at the Anne Frank house at 3:30. Apparently if you don’t make reservations at least 2 months in advance, everything fills up and you get to wait in the first come first serve line that starts at 3:30. I know, fun huh? So we decided to allocate the rest of the night to this.
We started the day with Omelegg, an adorable cafe with wooden menus and puns. If you’re not feeling omelettes, you can find their “Eggcetera” list. As you can imagine, I chuckled quietly a couple of times going through the menu. We ordered a plain Omelegg, a chocolate croissant, and the Jar of Heaven, which is a yogurt, granola, corn flakes, raisins, fresh fruits, honey, and cinnamon mix. This all tasted eggcellent.
Dragging our food comas over, we went to the Museum of Prostitution. I learned a lot more than I expected to, and this was a lot more enjoyable than the Sex Museum (not that this wasn’t enjoyable. Definitely see both).
Before heading to the Anne Frank house, we winded down by going to a bookstore and going shopping (is this considered winding down? :p)
This brings us in a full circle, and no joke, I just arrived at the ticketing stand at the front of the line. This was a 1.5 hour wait. Ha, take that, Eurocheapo Article (here)!
Forever 21 Black Off the Shoulder Dress. Sold out, but similar ones: