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Amsterdam is one of the cities where all age groups have something to do. Kids love parks, families love sight seeing and young tourists enjoy cheap food.

It was Christmas and we were desperate for a city break. So we decided to jump on a plane to Amsterdam. Coming out of the airport was interesting as you get to shop and catch a train.

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We took a train to Amsterdam central station which took us to the city. Our BnB was a walk from there. This city is pretty much open all night. We checked in and were greeted by our host. I have stayed in quite a few BnBs but Noel’s Apartment has been the best so far. He had maps of Amsterdam which he shared with us and also explained what we should see and do. The apartment had two bedrooms with bathrooms and a kitchen to share. We settled in and went to an Indian restaurant for dinner which was not bad.
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Next day was more relaxed and the breakfast was the best part. Fresh baked croissants and puffs, fresh orange juice, cereals, toast and tea. Such elaborate breakfast at a BnB was a first for me. We got ready and took the tour of our vicinity. There was a supermarket close by where we enjoyed shopping for local groceries to cook dinner for the night. Also found out that Amsterdam fries are one of the best in the world and trust me I have tried them.

Everything is so accessible on foot, we did not even realise how much we walked. It is a strange place though for its museums, weed and delft of course. Being the major city in Netherlands, Amsterdam has a lot of souvenir shops but don’t fall in the tourist trap. We went on the cruise at night for the Light festival and it was amazing. There were 8 different artists from around the world who display their work.

If you are thinking of buying Delft do your research before going as there are too many shops selling the fake stuff for the same or more price. The Rijksmuseum  museum is always really busy so best if you buy tickets online. Also the I Amsterdam sign is behind this museum. Another place to see is the Vondelpark which is just a walk away from the museum.
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Amsterdam is a small city but has a lot to offer. If you have 4 – 5 days then you can take a day trip to see the windmills or explore the neighbouring cities. Let me know your experience in Amsterdam and happy travelling!

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