Top Five: Amazing Amsterdam

Amsterdam was a three-night stop on the way to Norway for our winter 2016 trip. We had a bit of a shock when we spoke English and could be understood. It was wintery and cold, but that didn’t stop the city from riding their 660,000 bikes. I loved it and really want to go back in warmer climes. Here were our family’s favorites:

  1. Van Gogh Museum– Buy tickets ahead of time. Get the kid’s audio tour. Marvel at the prolific talent of this mad and brilliant artist.
  2. Canal Tour- Way too cold to explore the water on a boat ourselves, we took a heated boat ride with Blue Boat Tours. The views from the waterways are really wonderful. Also, they offered a cool kids’ audio guide (yes, a theme for us). Touristy, but cool.
  3. Houseboat Museum– This is literally a little houseboat you can walk through. Simple and sweet, shows the kids that people really live in all sorts of crazy places around the world.

    Relaxing at the Houseboat Museum.
  4. The Nine Streets- Shopping in little boutiques reminiscent of great shopping in you favorite local neighborhood. Especially loved Scotch & Soda and The Frozen Fountain.

    The Nine Streets all dressed up for the holidays.
  5. Eat local. We had Dutch home-cooking at Moeders and pancakes bigger than our heads at the aptly named Pancakes.