In January I got to spend another day in my favourite city, thanks to Mecca Bingo and P & O Ferries. The purpose of the trip was to experience the Bonkers Minicruise, and I’ve blogged about that seperately. That was the only thing I had to talk about, and so this post is not sponsored in any way (although a big thank you to Mecca and P & O as they’re the reason I got to have another day in Amsterdam) I’m always up for more time there as there’s still so much to do and see that I’ve not got around to yet, but this post is a snapshot of what I did when spending six hours in Amsterdam.
Brunch (1 hour)
Our very first stop, once we got of the coach, was to head for pancakes. I won’t talk too much about where we went because there’s an Amsterdam Food Diary post for you to read if you’re interested in that, but we spent about an hour having a lovely brunch and chatting to a couple on the next table about all things blogging and social media, which was a nice way to start the day.
Boat tour (1.5 hours)
I’ve never done a boat tour in Amsterdam and Louise told me it was a great way to see the city from a different angle, so we paid about ten euros and headed off. The tour was around an hour and a half, and we saw lots of Amsterdam that I’d not seen before as well as learning about the history of the city. The tour was pretty awesome, even though our driver (captain?) crashed into the last bridge. Whoops!
Lunch (20 minutes)
Obviously Amsterdam is a city with so much food so, although we’d not long had brunch, we wanted more. This time we went for noodles (again, all information is in the Amsterdam Food Diary linked above) and spent about twenty minutes having a rest while we decided what we wanted to do next.
Jordaan (1.5 hours)
The Jordaan area is one of the prettiest in the city, in my opinion, and we decided to have a little walk around. I was looking for a shop to buy an Amsterdam pin for Hayley, and I knew I also wanted a supermarket for Lays crisps, Milka chocolate and some Stroopwaffels, so we made sure to do this whilst walking. We also took plenty of photos and tried not to get run over by bikes-easier said than done, sometimes.
Cocktails (1 hour)
By this point we were pretty cold (January, after all, isn’t the ideal time to go somewhere when you’ll be outside all day) so we headed off for a cocktail and another rest. We spent about an hour doing this because we knew we didn’t have long before we went back to the coach, and we knew we were quite close to Centraal, where we would be meeting the coach.
Chips (10 minutes)
When in Amsterdam, always have chips. I had been craving my favourite chips and cheese sauce since I got the e-mail about the trip, so I knew I’d definitely be getting some at some point.
Red Light District (20 minutes)
We had a short walk through some of the Red Light District on our way back to the coach, stopping at Jammin for a cone full of sweets on the way. We did arrive back half an hour earlier than we needed to but I’d always rather do that than risk a very expensive taxi back to the port.
This post was very much a list of things to do when you just fancy a chilled day. If a rushing around, seeing lots of things day is more your style (its my usual style, too) then there’ll be a post coming up in April about seeing as many things as possible whilst spending six hours in Amsterdam.
Have you been to Amsterdam before?