This is the second part of my Amsterdam trip and if you have yet to read the first part click here – Amsterdam – August, 2016 (Part 1).
So where were we…
Day 4 – 25/08/16
Out of the 5 days of having the opportunity to visit and stay in Amsterdam, Day 4 was perhaps the best planned but also the most spontaneous.
Everything just went smoothly.
We woke up, had a shower, did our makeup, got changed and ran out of the door as quickly as we could.
On the way to the station, we spotted a beautifully decorated cafe´. Unfortunately, the name has escaped my memory.
As soon as we jumped on the Sprinter train from Zaandam station to Amsterdam Centraal (it cost around €6-7 for a return trip), we headed straight to the bike rental shop mentioned in the previous post.
Our first museum stop 0f the day was the Van Gogh Museum. If you are 18 and over, there is an entrance fee of €17. If it is in your interest to learn the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his journey, which vastly impacted his art career, then the fee is worth it.
In my honest opinion, the start was insightful. Learning about his mental instability and how it prompted him to continue creating art was, without a doubt, inspirational. However, as you move on to the different floors it became slightly repetitious for me. Although it was still amazing to acquire the little details about his life including his friends and family.
Here is the only picture captured of the Van Gogh Museum taken by @aliihull (on instagram):
We then walked across towards the Stedelijk Museum, dedicated to modern and contemporary art. For this museum, those who are 18 and under have free entry but, just like the Rijksmuseum, we also booked our free e-tickets online. It is also paramount that you print your tickets for both museums before heading there.
The architecture and design of the building was beautiful.
To recharge, we chose to treat ourselves to some waffles at Capisce! not too far from Food Crib mentioned in the previous post.
This picture was taken by @aliihull.
After we returned our rented bikes for the last time (it was a sad moment), we had no further plans for the rest of the evening.
As we walked along Nieuwe Nieuwstraat, the sweet owner of Thuys Kamer was on the verge of closing up her shop for the day. But the lovely lady that she was, she came out and initiated a conversation with us.
We mentioned our lack of plans and straightaway, she suggested heading to Noorderlicht via a free ferry to NDSM departing from behind the Amsterdam Centraal Station. That’s right… a free ferry – handy if you’re on a budget!
Anyway… we had no idea what to expect.
As you exit the ferry, you will see a large restaurant on your left and a couple of shops in front of you. If you turn right, you shall see a series of signposts claiming the direction of “Noorderlicht –>”. Just keep following the signs.
The shipyard can seem intimidating, as I have tried to portray in these pictures:
But as soon as we reached our destination, we were astounded and were very very excited. If you’re looking for somewhere to chill with a glass of alcoholic beverage, and a stunning view of the river, then this place is the one.
The drinks were also much cheaper than buying from bars within the city. Plus you get to indulge in live music. Visiting this place was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
A couple of Vodka and lemonade later, we took the ferry back to Centraal. I also captured some night time pictures on the way back to the hotel.
Day 5: 26/08/2016
As you may expect, the last day of our trip wasn’t at all exciting. Here is a very sad looking picture I took of our hotel room.
We killed some time at the Centraal station and took the train to Schipol Airport to further kill some time.
We ate at a healthy fast-food restaurant named Leon… It was too good!
Unfortunately, that’s it for our Amsterdam trip.
I absolutely loved every minute of it and will not hesitate to come back again in the future.
A beautiful city occupied by beautiful people… Honestly, the people were one of the reasons that made it so special.
I would just like to mention that every single picture I have attached were taken on an iPhone 6 and edited on VSCO.
Thank you once again for reading.
Now onto the next travel destination: ITALY! (coming soon)
Lots of love,