When the Frechies decided to include Amsterdam onto our European summer holiday, we knew very little of this city other than it's standard cliches of the Red Light District, Canals and bicycles. Amsterdam is all those things and so much more. The only regret we have, is that we did not allow more time on our quick itinerary to truly discover this city. We booked three nights at Canal Home , a self contained apartment- It took us two days to get over the jet lag and get our bearings of this gorgeous city.
We were fortunate to arrive into Amsterdam at the height of the soccer World Cup and the Netheralands had just won their match against Costa Rica - the town was in party mode and soccer fan gear being sold at every souvenir shop! It was a great atmosphere. The kids even made the most of it, and bought soccer tops - Brazil and a Dutch team one.
The weather was not on our side really, we had rain most days and overcast days... but we still manage to explore between the naps due to jet lag and being on holiday following a busy year.
As always when we travel with kids we have to pace ourselves and allow time for the kids to adjust to a new environment and to not push too hard. My eldest also came down with a nasty cough and cold which held us back a bit.
The best thing about Amsterdam is that everything is within easy walking distance and you get to explore all the little narrow streets and canals.
Day 1 - Arrival Day
Find your accommodation, breakfast explore (sunday everything was shut )
recover from jet lag-
find super market for food supplies i.e. coffee and milk cereal for breakfast and sandwiches.
Day 2 - Nemo Museum
Explore on foot, and made our way to the Nemo Museum and spent most of the day exploring the Museum.
Day 3 - Van Gogh Museum
Very wet, early start to get to Van Goh Museum - lucky we only had a short waiting time to get tickets. Evening dinner at Pancake Cafe!
Day 4- Depart Amsterdam
Early start to catch train to Brugges from Central station
The Frenchie's top activities:
If I had to do it again I would also include the following to my itinerary:
Canal House - see my previous post here for all the information on this great
Caution - Amsterdam has trams, watch young children around the tram tracks, my youngest was almost run over and I still feel sick when I think of it - the streets are narrow and easy for a child to walk too close to the tram tracks.