SW Coastal Road Trip Day 4 – St Ives, Lands End & Newquay

We woke up refreshed andready to go for another day of exploring the South West coast!

Waking up In the Hobbit Homes was really cool and very refreshing. You stepped straight outside into the fresh air so it was nice to have a cuppa and enjoy the fresh morning weather! Once we had walked down to the washrooms, had a shower and freshened up check out was at 10 so we got sorted and headed out to explore St Ives! The washrooms were also really clean and fresh. Although it would have been nice to see someone cleaning it straight after we had used it for other guests we also understand in todays climate that might not be possible!

So we jumped in the car and drive the 10 minute drive into the centre of St Ives. The first mistake we made was driving. Parking is really very limited so if possible park at the top of the hill on your way into St Ives. The walk back up might be painful but not as painful as trying to find parking in the centre because it isn’t really plausible on a busy summers day.

St Ives from the off was so beautiful, the blue water and the beautiful beaches and harbour. It was low tide so all the boats were resting on the sand in the harbour as we waded through the masses of people who had finally escaped after the coronavirus lockdown. Admittedly this was the only location out of the many that we visited where I didn’t feel Covid safe walking through the streets. Usually when we were outdoors I’d keep my mask off but when we were walking through I felt incredibly uncomfortable especially being basically shoulder to shoulder and popped my mask on until we had reached the other side of the harbour. All the restaurants were open and it was Ice creams galore! I love all the stone buildings and the cobbled streets. I imagine in winter its the cosiest town of them all.

We wandered across to Smeaton Pier and followed the coastal pathway along the seafront around to the piece of land known as ‘The Island’. To get there we walked past Bamaluz beach and also Porthgwidden beach to finally make our way up to St Ives head, situated on The Island, and also to take a nosey at St Nicholas Chapel too! It was a really lovely walk with beautiful views of St Ives beaches and the harbour. We then finished off with a picture overlooking Porthmeor Beach and a walk back through the cobbled streets of St Ives (trying not to buy even MORE fudge from some of the delicious shops) and up the dreaded hill to the car!

Next up on the agenda was to drive across from St Ives to Lands End! I was really excited for this as I’m from Lowestoft (although no longer residing there now) and Lowestoft holds the landmark on our coast for the Most Easterly Point of the UK! So Complete opposite sides of the country which is pretty fun. So I was very excited when we arrived.

We paid the £7 parking fee which is basically your entry fee and then headed down to the entrance! When you arrive there are so many facilities I really didn’t expect. I was expecting to arrive to the lands end landmark post, the flag and that was really about it. I was shocked to find children’s amusements and also multiple food stalls and places for drinks! There is even a hotel and place for you to stay if you wanted too! It was good as I was hungry so had a portion of nachos for the price of a small London Flat. It was massively overpriced but I guess its the tourist attractions that do that to you!

We wandered past the stalls after some food and headed down to look at the actual Lands End landmark, unfortunately again you had to pay for a picture in front of it. But we didn’t do that and just took a pretty good picture from the other side of the line and our own pictures as we walked down the slope towards the first and last house! It was cool to see the first and last post box and the first and last house, the first and last flagpole and the Lands End viewpoint. I never imaged I’d be that far South West in my entire life. Now all I want to do is go to the most Northern and Southern point! It would have made sense really to go to the most Southern point whilst at Lands End as it was just an hours drive away! Highlight of Lands end was definitely the proposal we saw by the Lands End sign, so nice that even the bad weather didn’t bring the mood down for such a special occasion!

Next location on the adventure for the next two days, the longest we will have spent anywhere on the trip, was Newquay! Now I was so excited to go to Newquay so I could teach Brad how to surf! The drive from Lands End to Newquay was only an hour or so and was really easy.

We arrived at our Airbnb and it was absolutely beautifully decorated and so cosy. We had everything we needed from a coffee machine, bathroom with a shower next door to the room with towels, a TV, a place to put our sandy things from the beach, the COMFIEST double, wardrobe space, Wi-Fi and a TV to relax and watch when we weren’t out exploring. It was like an upside down house, Kylie the host lived upstairs and the room ad bathroom was downstairs. During these Covid times she kept the bathroom sparkling clean also which was amazing. The best part about this Airbnb though? I went to the toilet at 6am and was greeted in an open kitchen door to A HOUSE RABBIT. I must have missed this part on the listing as it definitely states she’s in there but I was so pleasantly surprised, what a great way to wake up! She was super cute!

As we arrived quite late in the evening we decided to walk into Newquay and find some food. Unfortunately at this point the Help out to Eat out scheme had just started and we didn’t even think to book, everywhere was SO busy. We manged to find a table on the main high street at a place called Lost Brewing Co. On a complete whim and reluctantly we went inside and I am so glad we did, it was so good we went back the following day for drinks before our meal elsewhere. Not only do they brew their own beers and sell them here but the food was amazing. I had Halloumi fries, Battered prawns, Chicken strips and some fries as well for finger food as I was just so hungry and couldn’t make my mind up but they are actually super popular for their burgers as well!

All in all another successful day, we headed back to the Airbnb shortly after so we could get some good nights sleep ready for a day full of surfing the next day!

Sri Lanka – The Road to Kandy, Elephants, Orphanages & Getting lost for Food.

THE ROAD TRIP TO KANDY BEGINS!

We knew we had a long old journey ahead of us on the coach to Kandy, I believe from Colombo we are looking at a 5-6 hour journey with a coach full of sleepy and hungry students in this absolute heat.

Luckily for us Martin had planned to split the journey up with 3 pit stops on the way.

Pit stop number one?

THE MILLENNIUM ELEPHANT FOUNDATION!

We had been driving for about 3 or 4 hours when we arrived at The Pinnawala Elephant foundation!

There is a huge difference between orphanages, freedom sanctuaries and foundations. Each place is different but where we were the elephants were able to roam and wander. I have always found it a difficult situation for such beautiful creatures to be around!

We bathed with these elephants and gave them a good scrub down, saw where they slept each night and watched as they wondered around the area whilst a member of staff followed them around. They had chains around their neck, but these weren’t tight, and they weren’t being pulled on.

They were free to roam, but, with these on. Although it wasn’t nice to see it was better than being tightly chained and prodded And jabbed, unable to move at all. They are being rehabilitated, whereas the elephant orphanage down the road had the most terrible reputation. It’s such a touchy and difficult situation but I loved seeing the elephants none the less!

Some of my course mates rode the elephants because you had the opportunity to! For me I don’t agree with this but everyone is different. To be able to feed them their fruit and stand beside them and have pictures with my girls was an experience and a half, I am so glad it did it.

The elephants at this sanctuary will be released back into the wild once rehabilitated. One elephant was a log puller whilst another one came from a circus, better than where they were beforehand. I am really grateful I got to experience this with the girlies!

Next stop?

LUNCH AT PINNAWALA REACH!

Pinnawala Reach for lunch was really tasty, this was a lovely buffet at the Pinnawala Reach hotel so you can stay overnight if you wish!

This backed onto a stream and where you could see the elephants in the trees behind the restaurant. This was just around the corner from the Millennium Sanctuary and the food was SO Tasty. Another great stop to the trip to break up the long journey.

ST JOHNS BOYS SCHOOL

Before we arrived in Kandy we had to stop at St Johns Boys school, where these boys were brought up and taught and lived here. This was incredibly sad visiting this orphanage but also really heart warming.

We brought toys for the kids and they did a big show for us by singing and dancing on stage, we then swapped over and performed the cha cha slide for them and then the Macarena and a few other nursery rhymes. We blew bubbles and ate custard creams and tried some of their tea. They showed us to their dorm rooms and showed us their beds, their tiny mattresses and it really just broke my heart.

They were the happiest of boys and it was so lovely to spend time with them. They showed us their church and where they pray and then we played volleyball in a circle in their play area together. I definitely shed a tear, and it left me with food for thought.

ARRIVAL at KANDY CITY MISSION

We arrived at Kandy City Mission in the evening time which means we were to head out and explore for some dinner!

But before we could do that we had to climb up 4 flights of stairs to get to our bedroom! Me, Mel and El were all sharing a room which was nice, spacious and basic! 3 single beds with duvet and a pillow, an en suite with a shower and all the trimmings! It was perfect for our stay and we weren’t there long. We also had a balcony as well so we could step outside if the room was too warm or we could let some air in!

We had multiple pets for the duration of our stay including Gary the Gecko who lived in the shower and a lovely cockroach that we very quickly murdered in a plastic cup (sorry mate).

DINNER at the SKY LOUNGE

So after much exploring of Kandy restaurants, wandering up and down the same road, getting lost even following maps and taking a weak lift up to the top of a building that DEFINITELY wasn’t where we were supposed to be! We eventually found our way to the Sky Lounge!

For us I believe this felt like home comforts, Pizza, spring rolls and pasta dishes, your basic english food could be very easily purchased and I think after a full day of travel we just wanted something familiar and it was nice and not to expensive, easy to find too once you knew where you were going!

After a long old journey from Negombo to Kandy we were glad to have arrived and certainly slept well afterwards!

Stay tuned for our adventures and exploring Kandy!

J x

The Cambridge Bucket List

So After finishing university I have indeed moved back in with my parents to save for travelling in a nearby town from Cambridge, but have a job in central Cambridge!

So of course, as I did working in London, exploring Cambridge is a must. With just 31 colleges, endless history and beautiful streets, markets, gin, pints and food, what is not to enjoy?

So here is what sights I would like to see & also where I would like to Wine & Dine in Cambridge!

Sightseeing;

  1. Hope Street Yard
  2. Cambridge Botanical Gardens
  3. Walking Tour of Cambridge lead by a student.
  4. Mathematical Bridge
  5. St John’s College
  6. Pepys Library
  7. The Round Church
  8. Bridge of Sighs
  9. The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science
  10. The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology.
  11. Punting along the River Cam
  12. Hire Bikes
  13. Scott Polar Research Institute
  14. The Fitzwilliam Museum
  15. The Backs
  16. The Corpus Clock
  17. Bentley tour around Cambridge
  18. Parker Piece
  19. The Wren Library
  20. Castle Hill
  21. King’s College
  22. Trinity College
  23. The Tower View @ St Mary’s Church
  24. The Market Square
  25. The Arcade Shopping Centre
  26. American War Memorial & Cemetery
  27. The Centre for Computer history.

Food & Drink:

  1. Fitzbillies
  2. Cambridge Food Tour
  3. Piano Bar at De Luca
  4. Franco Manca
  5. Don Pasquale
  6. 2468 Cocktail Bar
  7. Aromi Cambridge
  8. All Bar One
  9. The Old Bicycle Shop
  10. The Free Press
  11. Cambridge Brew House
  12. The Gardenia
  13. Novi
  14. Galleria
  15. The Free Press
  16. Hotel Du Vin
  17. Cambridge Chop House
  18. The Maypole
  19. The Eagle Pub
  20. The Bath House
  21. The Varsity (The oldest restaurant in Cambridge)
  22. The Cambridge Gin Laboratory

Let me know if you have any recommendations of things to do in Cambridge and I will be sure to add them to the list!

My London Bucket List – Climbing the O2!

This was something that had been on My London Bucket List for quite some time, Climbing the O2! Brad received a few vouchers for a special occasion and was totally gassed when he said I could come with!

LONDON TRIP!

We got the train in on the Sunday to London from Sandy! It only took us an hour to reach Kings Cross station and then from there we headed to Liverpool street to meet Sam and Alex! Brad’s sister and her fiance! ‘Twas a family affair and so much fun!

We then from there headed to Stratford for the O2!

We needed to eat as we were climbing the O2 at around 7:30pm so we were hoping to catch the sunset. We went inside the O2 and it was strange not being there for a concert as I’d never been there for anything else! I was shocked to find out that there was an entire designer outlet in the O2 with beautiful glitter stairs leading up to the shops and a floral area naturally for some candid photos.

We ate in TGI Fridays before heading over to ‘Base Camp’!

When you arrive you are ushered into a room with clipboards, there you sign the waiver saying you’re liable and capable to do the climb! Then you watch a briefing video and meet your guide who will be climbing with us, our guide was a really cool and nice guy! Naturally I didn’t get any pictures on the way up as you definitely can not have your phone out until you are at the top!

You pop your personal items in a box which is at the other ed for you when you finish and they give you 3 items of gear, a gilet, shoes and a harness with a clip on the end which you attached the wire on the pathway on route up! Before you start your climb they bring you you to the start of the route where they take professional pictures of you before you climb!

Unluckily we missed the sunset but seeing the skyline at night and from the top of the O2 was just amazing! You attached your harness to the start of the line, as the instructor taught us how to use them we discovered we had to get through 196 clips from start to finish! but they were easy once you got the hang of them after the first 5 or 6!

The pathway is elevated and it was like walking on a trampoline, naturally the instructor said to hide your childhood inhibitions and do not bounce as it sends a huge ripple down the pathways, the end of the line would’ve been bouncing everywhere if I even so much as jumped at the start.

Especially because we got halfway and Sam tells us she is afraid of heights! So it was best to be thoughtful and also kudos to Sam for doing it and conquering her fears!

When you get to the top there is a platform where you can unhook from the clip and walk around! The view was amazing and it wasnt that windy or cold, just a breeze! And it is hard work so the breeze was perfect. When you get to the top if you want you can also pay an extra £7.00 to have some glasses of prosecco or another choice of drink! It was so cool and so unique, like nothing we had ever done before. Getting our group pictures at the top of the O2 overlooking the skyline of Canary Wharf and the Thames, the air was so fresh!

Once you’re up there for 15-20 minutes you then start your descent down to the bottom!

You hook your clip on again the descent for the first 3 quarters of the trip is really good and not too difficult, easy on the calfs. its when you reach the final descent it gets really steep on the walk down! Going slow was definitely essential, the couple in front were in a real rush so I had to slow down as they were making the walkway bounce they were practically running. They ask you to keep an arms length of space between each other but I made sure to give them plenty more.

Once you’re down the bottom you’ve made it! I’ve never been around that side of the O2, not that there is anything there but I found it pretty cool. You then de-gear yourself removing your clip, shoes and harness at the second ‘Base Camp’. All your belongings are there already as you get your shoes back on which is nice having to not go back for it!

You then can buy the professional photos and key rings that they took at the start of your climb! They had a really good package for both photos, a key ring and a fridge magnet for only £25! Usually things like that cost about £40 so that was a given we had to get it!

All in all it was a really awesome experience and being able to say I have climbed the O2 is pretty awesome.

What an achievement hey! It isn’t too expensive per person either so I definitely recommend doing it as well (as long as you’re not afraid of heights!).

Dublin – The Generator Hostel & Rickshaw rides

When in Dublin we wanted a place that was pretty central, cheap but also nice, and that could house 9 of us. We Decided on the Generator hostel and we ended up with 2 rooms, 6 in one room and 3 in the other. It was perfect.

The rooms were perfect and came with 2 charger plugs and lights for each bed. There were 3 bunk beds and they had two draws underneath where you could keep all you belongings, there was also a sink and a mirror! It was perfect for the lot of us. The mens bathrooms were on the second floor and the women’s was on the first, and they were lovely and clean.

46Downstairs where the check in desk and seating area was huge and really cool. There were 3 stories, the bottom was seating areas, a pool table and lockers for people who got to the hostel before the check in time and could leave their bags till their rooms were ready, we had to do this and it was really helpful, saved us lugging ur bags around. The second floor was busier, with a bar, multiple pool areas, a stage for events in the evening and plenty of seating and even a small cafe off to the side for breakfast and snacks etc in the day! The top floor was just more seating, an ATM and the desk to check in! It was a huge place with about 5-6 floors and plenty of rooms for a relatively good price, and the lights in the main area were Jameson Whiskey bottles! (Bet they had fun making the bottles available for the light).

You aren’t allowed to bring alcohol into the hostel so if you’re thinking of pre drinking in your room, think again. Unless you’re stealthy and good at hiding things… But I’ll leave that down to you.

*****

When we were in Dublin, everything was pretty expensive. Getting a taxi would’ve been a waste of money. Especially as most places were within walking distance from our hostel. We could walk to the shopping area and to Temple bar, the main pub and club area, so overall it was pretty decent and easy to travel about. Admittedly we did get a taxi to the club, Xico, that we went too but it wasn’t far, still about €10 none the less for less than 5 minutes!

A pretty cool way we go around one night was a rickshaw! There was some guy who rode the bike at the front whilst you could fit 3 of you in the back! It was pretty fun! Especially when you’re absolutely trashed, its still expensive but so much more fun than your average taxi. Cold though! Best to make sure it isn’t raining! But you can read more about that here!

Dublin – GUINNESS DOES TASTE NICER IN IRELAND

Dublin was great fun, It was a last minute holiday between me and 8 of my university friends to up and just go away together for a long weekend and I don’t even know where to start on how much fun I had with everyone. We did a bit of sight seeing whilst we were in Dublin for 3 days, the influence to come here was one of our uni friends being from Ireland, it was a bloody good time!

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Being students on a mission to not spend too much but drink and do enough, I was so happy with the amount of things we had planned & what we did.

The Guinness factory was glorious and we all somehow managed to get royally pissed whilst being there, it was really fun and interesting to see how Guinness was made and we got plenty of tasters on the way around. The place is HUGE. There are student priced tickets but it still wasn’t cheap, coming to a price of €18.00 per person!

But it was worth the money, we got to pour our own guinness pints with a certificate to go with the pint and when you buy your ticket on the way in it gets you a free pint in their skyview bar which is really gorgeous cause you get a 360 view of Dublin. You learn about how they make and produce guinness and how it reaches our pubs, it was pretty cool for a bunch of booze loving students. We all somehow managed to get more than one free pint too, the result was not obsessive amounts money spent but somehow ending up a little tipsy/worse for wear. Well worth the trip, and yes, Guinness really DOES taste better in Ireland!

 *****

56In the middle of Dublin there appears to be a rather large metal pole, better known as The Spire of Dublin. We couldn’t not go and have a nose as you couldn’t really miss it. It is massive, reaching at about 120 metres (390 feet) its impressively huge.

Of course due to the location it didn’t cost a penny to see it. We got to wonder down and look at the shops and cafe’s, pubs and restaurants too whilst we were there so it was really in an ideal location to have a proper mooch around the centre.

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We Also headed a little more out of the centre of Dublin to have a look at Trinity College  and the Trinity Grounds. The grounds are beautiful and filled with artwork and the author of the novel Dracula, Bram Stoker, went to trinity college. It was really a nice walk and the architecture was wonderful.

Amsterdam – Good Coffee & Better Food

I’ll Start off with where we ate, but if you’re more interested in the coffee shops, scroll down! 

*****

Out for food!;

16002825_10207785444305919_6777500625390467971_nWheres good for grub? Okay, Although we didn’t really go mad with where we went for food & we tried not to go with standard chain restaurants, that did fail a few times but the food was lovely none the less, as was the experience in the small restaurants to fit the small Amsterdam streets.

  • Vapianos – There was nothing small about this place, it was 3 floors. I’d been to a Vapianos two years before when I went to Vienna and I hadn’t been back since, And I love Italian food. I love it even more when its cooked and made in front of you and then handed to you to go chill and eat, they have a pasta section and a pizza section, its pretty awesome. Good prices and banging food. Its not far out of the centre either and there are two.
  • Amsterdam Steakhouse & Pizzeria – We didn’t know where to go for food and we didn’t know what we fancied either so this was perfect as it did everything, Good price but super small, luckily we managed to get a seat and some more good food.
  • Teddy’s Corner – I highly recommend this place for breakfast. I had an English15977704_10207785445105939_5005694226462020895_nBreakfast and Brad an American Breakfast and it was glorious! It located literally just of the centre so an easy walk and really good prices, plenty of food to choose from too!
  • The Pancake Bakery – We came here for lunch, I had a pancake with chocolate, whipped cream and banana’s and it was AMAZING. Brad on the other hand ordered a savoury pancake and he didn’t like it, but then savoury pancakes with cheese and meat on aren’t for everyone! He ended getting a sweet one, luckily they didn’t charge us for the other pancake! It was difficult to find this place and its also quite expensive but really pretty inside.
  • A Burger Place (unsure of the name unfortunately) – We came here on the first night and the burgers were so nice, something easy after our flight and checking in malarky. Good prices, and the burgers were lovely too, nothing incredibly special though.

*****

Coffee Houses!;

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So wheres good? Unfortunately I don’t have any photos due to the fact they’re not fan’s of people taking photographs in there, which is perfectly understandable. Coffee houses are great to just chill out after a busy day, whether its for a drink, some food or a smoke. Here are the places we visited:

  • The Bulldog Cafe & Energy Coffee Shop – This had been recommended by some of Brads friends so we had to check this place out, It’s also really popular in Amsterdam and one of the well known coffee shops. Its pretty small inside but its okay if you don’t get a seat, there are two more bulldog coffee shops literally 100 metres between each of them down the road!
  • Green House Cafe – This was near the Bulldog, just the other side of the river and a bit further down. I can now say I have chilled in the same cafe as Snoop Dog, Rihanna, Will Ferrell and a whole photograph wall full of other famous people that have been to this cafe. It’s a really funky place, a little more expensive, but thats understandable when you realise all the famous heads that have been there.
  • Original Dampkring – This one was my favourite because the cat they had in this coffee shop was 100% stoned. At one point she came and sat down on all of our things on the bar, she didn’t give a shit.
  • 1eHulp Cafe – You cant’t sit in here unless you’re over 21 so we couldn’t stick around, It was mad how busy it was because you can purchase the best weed in Amsterdam at the moment here, so it was a really busy place. Located kinda on the outskirts, but if you’re heading to the IAmsterdam sign its pretty close to that.15977215_10207785451826107_6170752421100053541_n
  • Abraxas – A good place to chill, A good atmosphere too, but SO hard to find with all the building work going on around it. Its down a small alleyway so ideally you’d need to have some sort of app to tell you where you’re going, or a map, Or just a really good sense of direction.
  • Smokey Coffee Shop – This was a great place, everyone’s friendly, it was busy an the music was really good, we came here after dinner at Vapianos and stayed here basically most of the night.
  • Red Light Coffee Shop – As you can tell, this one was in the red light district, Although it was very big it was a busy and easy to chill. We decided to have a break from the rain and accidentally walking down ‘Big Momma Alley’, I’ll leave that to you to think about.
  • Feel Good Coffee Shop – This was our last coffee shop of the holiday, we didn’t stay for long but it was big and had a nice atmosphere, and it wasn’t as busy as some so it was nice to get a seat!

The Coffee Shops are really great and you get talking to a lot of people, everyone is really nice and friendly there, just know your limits and be safe!

 

Amsterdam – Enough Sight-Seeing to drown a Fish

Obviously when in Amsterdam you must do the essentials, we did a fair few things but there was also a lot of things to go back and do as we ran out of time. For example we had no time to do any of the museums which was a shame. But either way, heres what we managed to get done over the course of 3 days!

*****

The streets of Amsterdam are really beautiful, I know its nothing special or anything specific, but its great because its free and everywhere is really different and nice. All the canals and little bridges, its a really photogenic place and the buildings are beautiful too, Just walking through the streets would have been enough to amuse me for a day. So if you do go to Amsterdam make sure you take in the scenery because its really unique and so pretty.

*****

The Anne Frank museum was a really moving experience. To be able to go around the house she and her family were basically trapped in for years and read extracts from her diary as you went, hearing about the journey and the story of it all. It was really eye opening. They had video’s of people who had helped the Frank family at that desperate time giving their account of the story. In the end its sad to think that Anne Frank and her sister died only 6 months before the concentration camps were liberated. Their father was the only one to survive, some of the video interviews of him talking about reading Anne’s diary are heartbreaking. It took us 45 minutes to get around and it was 45 minutes well spent. Its not too far away from the central station and it only €19.00 entry for two people, so €9.50 each, but its well worth the visit.

*****

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The Red Light District was really funky, something completely different to anything I’ve ever seen before. Men queuing up outside windows to go inside with a prostitute, and all the girls in the windows, the sex shows and plenty of flashing lights and snazzy neon signs. It was surreal, we wandered down both sides of the canal. There were multiple sex shops and shows like the Banana Bar, A peep show, strip clubs and Moulin Rouge, It was really fascinating and we had a good giggle at some of the the places along the strip because they were so different to what we were used too, its a completely different environment but really good fun. We also set up camp for an hour or so in the Red Light Coffee Shop along the canal in the district so if you wanna take a break from the lights and basically naked ladies you can.

*****

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We made the mistake of walking to the IAmsterdam, its a bloody long way from the central station so if you can get a tram to it, do. Although the walk is lovely it was long, and you can potentially go via the 1eHulp cafe on your way as well! Its located behind the Rijks Museum, a place I need to go back and visit as the museum building itself is beautiful. You walk under it too, through the arches in the middle to get to the road across the other side, Its really gorgeous so to go back and see the inside, the artwork and the famous “Night watch” portrait hung on the 18 foot wall on its own would be wonderful.

Anyway, Its your standard huge big I AM IN AMSTERDAM sign, its free of course as it sits outside and its pretty cool. Theres tourists everywhere and even an ice skating ring behind it. Im not sure if the ice skating ring is there all year round but it was early Jan so will probably stick around during the christmas and NY period if it isn’t there all the time. Its the perfect place to be your typical tourist and stand and pose in front of it, which was exactly what we did!

Overall the trip was wonderful, I can’t wait to go again and do everything I didn’t do and more!

For more on my trip to Amsterdam click this wonderful link HERE!