We are counting down the days until our trip to Amsterdam next week, we'll have 3 whole days there & I've been making a list of places to see, things to do, food to eat etc.
It's a city I've visited twice before....
once on a school trip years ago, during which we probably spent a day or two there & the second time was when a friend got married & we spent a few days beforehand
There's something about visiting another city, particularly a European one, that I absolutely love...the people watching, the cafes, the building, the history, the style. the culture.
Add to that my children are now of an age where they can carry their own backpacks, we travel without buggies & all the 1001 things you need when you travel with little ones.
The flight isn't spent entertaining them & praying that you don't run out of nappies/food/wipes/milk/everything.
It is so much easier.
The actual travelling part becomes much more of a pleasure, less of chore.
And they enjoy time spent exploring new places in a totally new way, they engage differently.
We still go to parks, outdoor spaces & fairly child friendly places to eat, but it is so much relaxed - and relaxing - when they are a little older.
So, it's been some years since I've been there....
it's always fun to revisit cities you liked first time around with your children, you tend to see it with new eyes & have a slightly different idea of what you what to see.
You also spend less time in nightclubs, drink less wine, sleep less & get to see more of the parks....
it's all good!
So....I considered the possibility of taking the Eurostar direct to Amsterdam, never done it before but I hear it's great, but flights actually worked out cheaper & gave us slightly more time there.
it's a very cool apartment & couldn't be more central....
it's located on the 3rd & 4th floors of an historic Amsterdam townhouse AND it overlooks a canal.
I'm so excited!!!!
I found some great tips right here for "48 hours in Amsterdam"....
the only thing that I've pre-booked is tickets for the Anne Frank House since I read that queues/lines can be very long & I'd my children to miss out on seeing it.
I was given a wonderful family map too which looks perfect for us.
Otherwise, I plan to walk, eat, people-watch & just have a wonderful time.
Have you been to Amsterdam, any recommendations?
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