A Walker's Guide To Amsterdam

All my city breaks have one thing in common; kilometer upon kilometer has been spent pounding the pavements in heels and ballet flats. The most important thing for me on holiday is to spend time doing what I love, especially if it's something I'm unable to spend a lot of time on in my everyday life. Walking is, sadly, included in this. Well, that isn't strictly true. I walk to the train station, from the train station, to work and home from work. On the weekends, I have been known to scour the Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow high streets, and my husband and I often go walking in hills and forests during the weekend. But these are all different types of walking to what I do when I'm alone in a big city in which I have never been before. Having the time to take in the new-ness of the smells, the views, the fashion and last but not least, the people, is something I treasure above all else when travelling. 

During my three days in Amsterdam, I walked everywhere. I found a lot of great places, and I got lost. And that was ok - I had all the time in the world. 

      

On my second day, I wandered the "9 Streets", and almost got lost in Laura Dols - a vintage boutique where the sequins were seriously on point. The only issue with walking in Amsterdam? It's not built in squares but circles, so following a street does not necessarily mean that you will end up in the direction in which you are walking. I am talking from personal expereience, so just trust me on this one! I was following Prinsengracht, thinking it would take me in a straight line out of the city centre, which turned out to be an incredibly unsuccessful plan...


I had heard that there are more bicycles in Amsterdam than people, and after my trip there I can easily believe that. How people can choose cycling as a mode of transportation in Amsterdam, though, I simply cannot fathom. There were an incredible amount of people in a very small place, and all the while trams, cars, pedestrians and cyclists were darting around like kamakaze fighters. Before I went to Amsterdam, I toyed with the idea of renting a bicycle to get around. Once I got there, I quickly realised that this would have been an utter suicide mission.

            

We did all the essential tourist things - canal boat cruises, museums, shopping and restaurants. I really wanted to visit the Anne Frank museum but when I found out that the queues were 4 hours long, I postponed it until the next time I visit. 








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