City Escapes: My weekend in Amsterdam

Escape from London to… Amsterdam

You can’t read this without watching that. That’s right -the video, above. The reason I created it, is because I wanted to spell out to you what kind of a traveller I am, before you get in too deep with reading this write-up. You see, most people who travel the world do so like a character from a Jack Kerouac novel; all back-combed hair, poetic anecdotes and an SLR camera in tow. They go abroad, change their religion, fall in love, then their voice drops by two octaves and ‘yah’ becomes part of their everyday speech, they take yoga classes during sunsets and finally look into adopting a local street kid. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids and yoga but that’s just not me.

My travelling style is very different and I make no excuse for that -instead, I celebrate it. I’m all disorganisation, double-booked flights and invalid passports. No, really -thank God for London Victoria’s Emergency Passport office. I travel on a teeny budget because I can’t turn to the Bank of Dad to cover costs. I get lost easily, I drink beer and I occasionally eat dinner in the nearest McDonald’s so that I can afford another round. I did it in Thailand (they had spicy fries), Paris (they serve beer with their Big Macs) and Cyprus (I was too drunk to remember any extras). One thing which remains present on all of my trips though, is fun and great memories. So, if you’re interested, have a read of my travel rundown and hopefully you’ll feel inspired to visit what is my second favourite city in the world: Amsterdam.

Anne Frank sign  Flower Market sign                               paradiso sign  Heineken Experience sign Sex museum sign  hotel de looier sign

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  • Louise Close

    Another colourful descriptive tour, really enjoyed them as always!!!Keep them coming. Maybe a tour of Dublin, they even have a lepracaun museum!!! that’s right you heard it hear first. Would live to c Ilovelondontown tour on this.

    • http://ilovelondontowndotcom.wordpress.com ilovelondontown1

      Thank you so much! A Dublin weekend would be fab, that’s a great idea! I have family over there too, so I could see them at the same time! …Although I may refrain from including their house in my rundown of ‘must-visit attractions’, just in case they get bombarded…

  • http://steppingways.wordpress.com steppingways

    I’ll be in Amsterdam in July, I shall definitely be heading to some of these places. Thanks for the interesting write-up! 🙂

    • http://ilovelondontowndotcom.wordpress.com ilovelondontown1

      You’re very welcome! Enjoy!

  • Reg Whelk

    I’m so glad you took my advice and visited Anne Frank’s House. Your write-up of it is completely on the money. The House is sad and poignant, but it also made me angry and uplifted. Everybody should go there at least once.
    Good job, well done, keep ’em coming.

    • http://ilovelondontowndotcom.wordpress.com ilovelondontown1

      Thank you so much, Reg. It was an incredible experience, one I’ll never forget. I’m really glad you encouraged me to go and thank you so much for reading it and leaving feedback. I’ve just returned from an incredible weekend in Dresden, Germany and I’m currently editing my video diary from there so watch this space!

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