A while back, I posted the first half of our trip to Amsterdam and shared some photos of the beautiful tulips we saw. After our trip to the tulips, we quickly stopped at the boat to rest and decide what we wanted to do next. We decided to venture father away from our houseboat this time and ended up strolling through Vondel Park and stopping for a drink at Leidseplein.
We continued our wandering for a few more hours while trying to find a restaurant.
The next day, we visited the Rijksmuseum. While it’s not as big as the Louvre, it has a pretty impressive collections of artwork and its set up was super easy to navigate. We kind of sped through the museum to make sure we could see everything, but I don’t think it lessened the experience – at least not for me.
Then it was time for the ‘i amsterdam’ sign. I had been wondering where it was the whole trip and then – bam – there it was just outside of the museum. This thing was covered in tourists, but we made the best of it and attempted to take the obligatory photos on it.
After our chaotic encounter with the sign, we went back to the 9 streets to do some more shopping and walked by Dam Square on our way back to the boat.
For our last bit of fun in Amsterdam, we stopped by a local brewery – Brouwerij ‘t Ij – recommended by Lily Wanderlust, a expat blogger who lives in Amsterdam. It was just as great as she said it would be – cheap and tasty beer, a great terrace and packed with locals. Plus it’s located just next (almost underneath) the tallest wooden windmill in the country. You can take a tour of the brewery too. They run English tours once a day on the weekend, but we kept missing it.
We spent the remainder of our afternoon/night hanging out on the houseboat, enjoying the view of the beautiful canal houses and savoring the last bit of Dutch sun with our friends.
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