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Joy in Amsterdam

written by Elizabeth Ashley November 8, 2016


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It is about five times more fun than everyone says it is.


We took a bus from Hamburg down to Amsterdam.  Once we arrived we jumped in a Uber to get to the Hilton Amsterdam. The Uber drive was young and fun loving, he told us, “Welcome to Amsterdam, you are now free like a bird.” I’ll never forget that! haha. That Uber driver was just a glimpse at the type of people we met in Amsterdam, outgoing and enjoyable.

Where We Stayed

While researching Amsterdam, I came across an iconic picture of John Lennon & Yoko Ono. The photo shows them sitting in bed with a windowed background and “Hair Peace” and “Bed Peace” written on the windows. They were protesting the Vietnam War with “Bed-ins”.We found out this photo was taken in the Hilton Amsterdam. After contacting them they welcomed us with open arms. 🙂 It was wonderful to stay in such a historic place. Also, if you are a fan of Jhene Aiko, then you will realize she got the inspiration for her Bed Peace music video from that photo! The Hilton Amsterdam was canal front and had beautiful views in all directions.  We loved being able to walk or take a short uber ride into the city center.

What We Did

Amsterdam is FULL of things to do. It doesn’t matter if you are 8 or 80, there is something for everyone! After grabbing breakfast at the hotel we went to the “I Amsterdam” sign. PRO TIP: If you take the photo from the reversed, less crowed side you can flip it on your phone and it will read the right way! 🙂 Then we walked down to the Heineken Experience. I don’t really drink beer but it was cool to see how it was made and the history of Heineken. They also had horses and that was my favorite part, obviously.

You don’t know what bi-polar weather is until you have been to Amsterdam. We walked from the Heineken Experience towards the city center and it went from completely sunny to pouring rain in about 5 minutes. It was crazy! We didn’t have an umbrella so we ended up walking into a random diamond museum with free tours lol. By the time our tour finished we walked down to the Anne Frank House. We saw have seen so much on the holocaust and seeing her home made everything so much more real. If you haven’t read my blog on Auschwitz, check it out here.

By that time we were starving so we decided to stop at a small cafe and have a snack. From there it stared raining again, lol. We went for cover in the tulip museum next door. I fell in love with all of the tulips! They told us the best time to visit the tulip fields is the last two weeks in April and around Kings Day. I can’t wait to be back and to see them! Check out this post Amber Fillerup did while she was in Holland to see the tulips I’m talking about.

When we left it was STILL raining so we hopped into another museum. Well, it wasn’t a museum as much as it was a cheese tasting, lol. The sign said it was a cheese museum but what it really was, was a fun store with a lot of samples. 🙂 After that, the rain finally stopped. To end our day we went on a walk through Vondelpark and ate a yummy dinner at La Boca. I can’t wait to be back in Amsterdam!

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

*This post was graciously sponsored by Hilton Amsterdam. All opinions are my own 🙂

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Delores Palmer (G'ma) November 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Another wonderful post about Amsterdam! Great job, you guys! Can’t wait to see you at Christmas time! Love both of you, G’ma

Alan Palmer November 12, 2016 at 5:59 am

Fantastic post! It makes me way to visit. I’ll be sure to stay at the Hilton too. It sounds like it was wonderful and a great central location!

Mike December 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Elizabeth Ashley, I will keep in mind on your pro tip about the “I Amsterdam” sign. If only, I have known that earlier. Few months ago, I was there.


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