I'm going to Amsterdam with my husband at the end of the month and I'm starting to get a bit worried.
I've been to Amsterdam before but only the airport. One of the only things I noticed through my haze of jet lag is that everyone was swilling Heineken at 9:00 a.m.. My husband pointed out that since it's an international airport, perhaps it wasn't 9:00 a.m. THEIR TIME. Fair enough.
My husband is going for a conference so we're staying here. That raises questions for the non-swimmer right there.
I thought the coffee shops looked really cute.
But then I read that they're not really about the COFFEE.
Unfortunately, I don't smoke. Anything.
Then there's the "must-see" Red Light District. I just don't know if I MUST see it. I get the whole freedom thing but I'm not sure if I'm a FAN of prostitution. I might like some brothel-inspired decorating if it's tastefully done I suppose.
Tulips are pretty and Spring-y but I can't really bring that many of them on the plane.
My husband has brought wooden shoes home for the kids before. They call them 'dancing shoes'. I have wood floors. I don't want to stifle their creativity and self-expression but no more dancing shoes.
So the hotel is away from the city center a bit but it says there's good public transport. Hopefully this is not it. I have nothing to wear on public transport. (Thanks Patsy and Edina).
There is a famous street market - Albert Cuyp. That I can do.
I like the look of the canals and boats. I'd have no problem trying to peek in the windows of these house-boats all day.
Luckily, the Dutch being, well, Dutch, have more art than you can shake a stick at.
Art it is then...