Bells and Whistles
through the museum we go
The only way to see Amsterdam
Is on a bicycle!
It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision, made back in Paris, to book a bicycle tour whilst in Amsterdam. We went with Bike Tours Amsterdam and it went so well, I would definitely go with them again. Our guide was Bruno, a fuzzy bearded native living just outside of the city. We met up with him at the train station and then spent the next three hours riding around the city. Bruno showed us all the main sites, including Anne's house (which I visited the next day) and the skinniest house in Amsterdam (can you spot it below?).
Everyone in Amsterdam seemed to be travelling by bicycle, they were everywhere! Next door to the train station there was a huge parking area for them, with the bikes practically stacked on top of each other. With such narrow streets, riding a bike really is the best way to get around Amsterdam. Our tour showed us most of what we wanted to see and provided us with a few surprises too. Mostly, it was just lots and lots of fun to breeze around a foreign city, giggling as I went.
My first view of any place I visit tends to be of the a) train station, b) airport or c) bus terminal. Amsterdam was no different in this respect, except that its train station was housed inside a ridiculously awesome building. We arrived in Amsterdam just as some workers were putting the finishing touches on the gigantic Christmas tree that stood out the front. Mel and I hopped on to a bus to head down to our hotel, as it was getting late. Naturally we hopped on to the wrong end of the bus so I (valiantly) tried to make my way up to the front with all of my bags. Upon seeing me (and hearing me apologise to a number of people) the bus driver called out and said "Don't worry about it, this one's on me". The kindness of strangers always astounds me. Amsterdam was already turning out to be pretty awesome.
Hi! I'm Louise. I am a writer, photographer, traveler, book fanatic and blogger. I love to post about my adventures and the little things I do that make life fun.