Monday, March 5, 2012

Joanne's trip to Amsterdam

I am finally writing about what I have to say has been one of the best breaks away in Europe.  Where did I go to?  Amsterdam thanks to Will!  He is part Dutch so he couldn't wait to show me around, and to be honest its always somewhere where I wanted to go.  Unfortunately there are zero outfit of the day pictures as it was -10 degrees while we were there, so it was just layer upon layer, making sure I was warm, rather than looking all fancy!
We stayed in the Brouwer Hotel (www.hotelbrouwer.nl) which was a lovely hotel run by an American lady and her husband, who is the grandson of Mr Brouwer.   The location was perfect, right on a canal and only a couple of minutes from Dam Square.  The rooms were basic but clean and a continental breakfast was included which was gorgeous!  They also had 2 gorgeous dogs which helped missing Bailey :)


The food in Amsterdam is delicious.  We spent 2 days walking the city and found a gorgeous quaint restaurant that served traditional Dutch Food.  I had the Hutspot and Meatballs, which is proper comfort food.  We also went to Leiden where we had the biggest and tastiest pancakes I have ever eaten.  Plus a trip to Amsterdam would not have been complete without a freshly made Stroopwaffle. YUM!

As it was *so* cold while we were there, the canals were frozen over so they had organised a speed skating competition on one of the main canals, which we were lucky enough to catch.  It was such a lovely atmosphere and we enjoyed it so much.  We only stayed for about an hour and a half since it was freezing, went and got Hutspot and Meatballs to warm ourselves up.


One thing I really really wanted to see was a real life Windmill while we were there, so on a visit to Will's Oma (granny) he brought me to see one in Wassenar and then we came across another one while at Leiden. 



I couldnt wait to go shopping while we were in Amsterdam.  The top 2 markets I was looking forward to was the Flower Market and the Flea Market at Waterlooplein, the second of which was quite disappointing. PICS.  The shopping in Dam Square was grand.  Had all the usual shops - H&M, C&A, Pull & Bear, Mexx, Oasis, Warehouse and what I was most looking forward to - Steve Madden.  I love his shoes and on the last day I picked up gorgeous boots which were on sale from €109.99 to €29.99.  How could I leave a bargain like that behind?  I'll be showing them off in an outfit of the days soon! 
 
I cant wait to go back in Spring/Summer when the tulips are out and its not -10degrees that we had to endure!!
 
Where is your favourite place in Europe?
 

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  1. Hehehe Joanne loving your clogs! Looks like you had a great time, there is a windmill in Skerries by the way!! ;)

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    1. Is it a real proper windmill? Heheh I dunno, I just really really wanted to see one while we were over there!! Wish those clogs fitted into my suitcase but clog slippers had to do :)

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  2. Looks like a lovely city I have never been ... I can't believe oasis is there, I thought it was just in England and Ireland

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    1. You should really visit it some time. It's gorgeous!!
      Yeah they had Warehouse, Oasis and even Jane Norman!

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  3. Looks like you'd a ball Jo, it's one of my favourite cities. Dee is right, the Skerries Mill is working and tours can be arranged - if only you knew someone in Fingal (wink, wink).

    NEED to book a weekend away soon, like you say I'd love to see it in the sunshine!

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    1. Cant believe I went all the way to Amsterdam to see a real Windmill when there was one in Skerries!! hahaha :)

      Deffo gonna go back. Would love to bring Karen and the mothership to see it too

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  4. Wow you have swayed my feelings on never wanting to go to Amsterdam. Thank you!

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    1. oh you should go if you ever get the chance. Its so pretty!! There are some parts that are seedy but the rest of it outweighs all of that. Its gorgeous. The people are really friendly too :)

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  5. Hahaha, it's so funny to read about my country! Proud Dutchie here ;)
    You were very lucky to see the canals frozen. Doesn't happen every year! And you cannot leave the Netherlands without having a stroopwafel and a good Dutch pancake. And you found Steve Maddens for 29,99??? How can I have missed that...

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    1. Yeah we couldnt believe we were able to see the speedskating! We knew it would be organised but didnt think it would be while we were there. Stroopwafels are my favourite. I brought about 4 packets back for the girls in my work and they all love them too! YUM!

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  6. I miss Amsterdam :( Have to go again I think!

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