Red City Lights

Amsterdam was on my “wanna go” list since forever and on November I finally decided to give it a chance. I planned my trip as usual, short but intense and well organized. Three full days, more than enough to discover all the must see places around the canals. For the stay I wanted something crazy so I decided to book a room at the Hotel Not Hotel. This amazing place is based on the concept of an hostel but in a more chic and trendy way. The rooms are all different and you can pick the one which suits your taste the most. There is the caravan suite, the house on the tree, the bedroom in the hedge… I chose the hidden room behind the library… simply stunning. The location of the hotel was great, walking distance from everywhere, exactly how I like it. 

Amsterdam offers the tourists various senario depending on what they want to do. There is of course the famous sex and cannabis tourism, which was not my case but it was fun to stare at weird people wander around the streets. I would define the weather pretty grey and it was quite cold but I loved getting lost in the really small roads, just pay attention to the bikes, they speed around like crazy!!! 

Lunch was set at Rem Eiland, a unique restaurant in a former broadcast platform of the illegal television station ‘TV Noordzee’. Nowadays it is located in the middle of the Amsterdam Houthavens and still offers an experience with a spectacular view. Of course we stopped at the iconic sign “I AmSterdam” to take a very touristic picture and from there we jumped at the Van Gogh Museum where, while walking, we bumped into a spectacular exhibition of Banksy, which was super cool. 

 

Dinner was reserved at The Supper Club: remove your shoes, lay on a couch, order your food and enjoy the show. 

The day after we were ready to explore so we checked all the famous places in the city here listed just fyi: the Royal Palace, Madame Taussaund, Dam Square, Waterloopleinmarkt, Canal tour, Rijksmuseum, Blowemenmarkt, Magee Brug. In the afternoon we just went with the flow, we stopped here and there and we had an amazing battery recharge at the Happy Pig Pancake (trust me, if you visit Amsterdam, go check this place out!). 

Speakeasy night was waiting for us. Everywhere I travel I always try to to all the common activities but also the most crazy ones in order to be a tourist but in a very unconventional way. The butcher was great, from the name you can assume what we are talking about but you must check it out in order to truly understand what I am talking about! Remember to ask the cashier for your black cow…

Last day, crazy day. A’dam Lookout is an observation deck with an unrivaled panoramic view of Amsterdam. You’ll see the city’s historical centre, its pulsating port, the unique Dutch polder landscape and you’ll spot the famous canals which belong to the UNESCO world heritage list. I booked the ‘Over the Edge’ experience which is Europe’s highest swing on the sky deck and yes, we swing 100 meters above the ground, back and forth over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam below our feet. 

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