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48 Hours in Amsterdam

27th November 2018

By Charlie McEnery

Friday Night:

My best friend and I had been planning to go to Amsterdam for over a year for a joint birthday celebration, we finally got around to booking it this summer and we went shortly after in October. We couldn’t have planned it any better as we were lucky enough to have visited during a heatwave!

We jetted off on Friday evening and our return flight was booked for early on Monday morning, so it was a real flying visit, and we wanted to explore as much as possible.

Shortly after arriving in the city of freedom, and after being greeted by our lovely Airbnb host Sheron, we got an uber to Dam Square and went and explored the famous red light district. We also visited a few bars and coffee shops (it would be rude not to!), my favourite being Café Hill Street Blues, with the floor to ceiling covering in graffiti and notes from previous punters.

Café Hill Street Blues

On our way back to our home, for the next few nights, we quite literally ‘stumbled’ across a chip shop which satisfied our journey home.


To save a bit of money we decided to rent a room in a flat rather than book a hotel room. Although we were a little dubious at first, it couldn’t have worked out better.

We had everything we needed with the best advice on where to go and what to do from our host, we even had a freshly brewed coffee waiting for us once we decided to roll out of bed.

Our host’s apartment was a breath of fresh air, everything was natural and organic.

Cute little Airbnb kitchen!

Our host’s enamel green cooker, I’m a little bit obsessed.

We visited the famous Rijksmuseum which we thoroughly enjoyed: here are a few of my favourite pieces from the museum.

After visiting the museum we had lunch at a local market and got some typical tourist shots on top of the big, famous Amsterdam sign.


Waking up with another headache, and not much recollection of the night before, we had our coffee made by lovely Sheron and then explored the city by boat, through the narrow canals.

The architecture is just amazing. We learned that the reason the windows are larger on the ground floor and get small as the stories go up is to let more light into the living spaces and less into the bedrooms, typically situated on the top floor.

Our final activity was the Amsterdam 360 Lookout, located on the other side of the river, with the most amazing views, and a swing off the side of the building, truly breathtaking.

Then it was an early night before we nearly missed our flight home the following morning!

We had a fantastic trip, my only regret being that we didn’t stay for longer! I’d definitely recommend Amsterdam for your next city break.


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