International Destinations

Venice of the North {Amsterdam}

Amsterdam has been one of those cities on my list for a while. The canals, the architecture, all of it has enticed me to visit. Well I finally got the chance to visit. Briefly. We spent a little over 24 hours exploring the streets of Amsterdam. It definitely wasn’t enough time, but it was absolutely worth it!

My cousin and I arrived Monday evening after our day in Brussels and driving the 2.5 hours north. It was absolutely wonderful to see the countryside. We arrived in the city with enough time to drop off our bags and grab a bite to eat before we both crashed due to jet lag. The next morning we awoke, and the adventure of exploring Amsterdam began.

The Anne Frank House

Our first stop was to the Anne Frank House & Museum, but unfortunately the crowds beat us. Thank you summer rush! Don’t make the same mistake I did. Book your tickets in advance online as soon as you know the dates you are visiting the city. This will help ensure you get the chance to view the city. I’ll be sure to this the next time I visit.


If you love art, then the Museumplein is a must visit place during your time in Amsterdam. Literally translated as “Museum Square” this area of the city is home to three of the city’s most important museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum. I’m not a huge modern art individual, so we opted to vist the Rijksmuseum to see works of Rembrandt and Vermee, and the Van Gough Museum because I just love him.

While you are at Museumplein, don’t miss the “I AMsterdam” sign at the Rijksmuseum!


If you don’t know this already about me, I love museums. So of course I had to add one more tour during my visit. My last museum of Amsterdam was Rembrandt’s House. This house tour gave you a great perspective on how this artist lived and worked. If you love Rembrandt, this is definitely worth the visit.

Visit the Flower Market

Did you know Amsterdam’s flower market is the only floating market in the world? The Amsterdam Flower Market is located on the Singel canal between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein, and has been around since 1862. The market is open all four seasons, and it’s the perfect place to pick up souvenirs. I was able to pick up a couple bags of tulip bulbs and ship them back to the US. They make great living souveneris.

love that I have a living souvenir from my time in Amsterdam ? & I managed not to kill them ??

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Get Lost

Amsterdam is not a very large city (about 84 square miles), and it offers so many methods to exlpore. So get lost and see what you can find. Explore the Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht canals (built in the 17th century), grab a drink in a square, walk the streets and discover something new. I think the walking around part was one of my favorite parts of this city. And I can’t wait to get back.

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