Europe Stories

24 h in the city owned by cyclists

Where the bikes run over cars

24 h of Summer – Here we are in front of Amsterdam Centraal. With the list of what to visit here and with no map we’re thinking if we should turn left or right. Of course, we chose the wrong direction, but we get to Dam square where we find a map dropped right from the sky. We have only one day and I’ve written many places on my list. But wait, right in from of us there is the Royal Palace and Madam Tussauds museum (super long line). Neaah, no need to wait, we have one in London as well.

Next, Heineken Experience is waiting for us (booked the tickets online) but, I think I was too enthusiastic, because even if we are beer lovers, we were a bit disappointed by the tour.

Rijksmuseum, I AMsterdam letters, Van Gogh museum, House of bols are close to eachother and also very crowded. From there we went to rest our feet in Vondelpark.

It’s almost evening and we don’t want to miss Red District. Also crowded and some people look you straight in the eyes and will try to offer illegal drugs.; not to me, to Stefan. Maybe they’re trying to sell it especially to men. However, there are also lots of tourists around, so there is no need to avoid going to the area entirely, but it’s good to keep this sort of stuff in mind. Of course, no need to say, we got lost again and we could’t find the “exit”. Amsterdam streets, I swear they’re like a spiderweb.

The sun goes down and the smell of weed is unbelievable, all you smell it’s weed and I am not used to. I think I might get sick when somebody asks us if we want a trip by the canals. We wouldn’t want to miss that but, I’m telling you it was the longest hour for me, I was so feeling so nauseous I couldn’t take much more from the smell. All in all DO NOT miss a canal cruise. It’s great especially during the evening/night.

The end of the day finds us in Dam square. Stefan was eating a chocolate waffle and I was fully absorbed by the smell of weed. In a few hours we’ll be leaving, but we will come back for New Year’s Eve.

24 hours of Winter – NYE 

Back in Amsterdam. It’s December, the last day of 2013 and it’s cold and it’s raining, but I feel good. Either I got used with the weed smell or it’s not that strong during winter.

We are here for the second time and we want to visit what was left. So, wanting to visit Anne’s Frank house we lost our way (again) and bumped into Bloemenmarkt, the floating flower market.

The weather wasn’t getting any better so a coffee shop sounds good. No more sightseeing for us.

We need to be fresh for tonight. Happy New Year, we’re going clubbing in Amsterdam.

In line at Studio80 . Lots of people, most of them tourists just like us. Let the night begin! (book your tickets in advance, I remember there were some guys wanting to get in, but there were no tickets available, pre-sale was sold out). This club is located right in the city centre of Amsterdam ( still not very easy to find because of the black doors with no sign on them). It’s a small dark club divided over two rooms. No dress code, feel good and dance like nobody is watching. (music: electronic genre, from house to techno and everything in between. Steve Bug was mixing that night).

We forgot to go outside and see the fireworks, but it didn’t matter. We were having fun, New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam it’s a must.

Oh no, it’s morning, our feet can’t take any more and we still need to get to airport. You couldn’t find a place to stay in Centraal station. Everybody was sleeping everywhere, people were exhausted. When the train came to take us to the airport it was so full of people that the doors failed to close.

Well, happy first good morning, 1st of January 2014.

24 h of Spring

The city in Spring is full of tulips. April is the best month to see a great variety of tulips in bloom. Also, from late March to mid May, there’s a tulip festival in Keukenhof (Lisse) – just 40′  by car from Amsterdam Centraal. You can book your tickets online, in advance to visit Keukenhof ( one of the largest flower gardens in Europe).

Here’s how the city looks like in mid-April 🙂

Photos: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

By R0xana S.

Born in Romania in the 90's, got a Bachelor's and a Master of Arts in my pockets and with them I got my way into this huge world. Currently living in England, but deeply in love with everything connected to France and Italy. I travel for 3 years and now I decided to write about my travels. Still figuring out about blogging

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