Landed up at 7am local time to harsh weather (though they said it was 7 it felt like 0 degrees!)
The city is one of the most beautiful cities you could ever visit. Lush green everywhere , blue skies, and bikes. Bicycles everywhere. And that is what Amsterdam is about ( other than the weed :p)
The best way to explore the city if you have time is on the bicycle. Though the drive is opposite to that of India. It takes a while to adjust to the right hand lanes.
We set out to explore the touristy destinations and ended up walking in vondel park which is beautiful by all standards possible, the van Gogh museum and the museum square. What was interesting about this place was the atmosphere around it. Everything was vibrant and the air, well after new Delhi, Amsterdam is a breath of fresh air. And the tulips. Well I have no words to describe how beautiful they looked. It was a treat for the eyes !
After an early check in we went to Madurodam which is a miniature working model of the entire city. The bonsai versions of the trees sent me down memory lane, when people used to practice the art of growing bonsais in their houses. A drive past all the embassies and the Parliament at Hague, revealed a sharp contrast in the modern day architectural styles. One thing I was pretty mesmerized by was the old school red brick buildings, long french windows and arches.
Amsterdam is also famous for its blue pottery. Which you need to pay through your nose for, since it will definitely burn a huge hole in your wallet. Hand painted and all that jazz, you see !
Went across to see the factory at Delft where this is made as well.
Had dinner at this place called – ‘Pastabar’ and walked home.
And that was the end of day 1.
Not the ‘traveller’ kind.
Bicycles, architecture and flowers – took my breath away
Weather – pretty harsh.
Lesson learnt -Early check-ins exist in lalaland. Very few hotels can actually give you an early check in ! ( we stayed at Best Western)