For my Mum's birthday present, we decided to go on a mother and daughter trip to Amsterdam for a few days. My Mum had had Amsterdam on her bucket list for years and when the chance came for me to experience the city with her, I jumped at it!! We bought modest flights from the UK, booked a hotel on the edge of the city and were on our way.
We loved the vibe of Amsterdam as soon as we arrived. Although believing that the city would only have a small area that reflected the tourist photos, we were greeted with the canals and famous buildings from the off. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we walked back into the centre to explore the canals. The canals were beautiful and picturesque, but confusing!! Even with a map we got lost and ended up in a square. We found a small cafe here and sat down to eat before we walked round to the cocktail cruise I had booked as a birthday present. Soon after ordering our food however we realised neither of us had set our watches forward and with my phone not moved forward as well we had to rush our food, but luckily caught the cruise before it set off.
The cocktail cruise was lovely, with unlimited nibbles the whole way round, two cocktails each and unlimited wine. We went around all the historic sites and the main attractions were pointed out to us by our tour guides. it was the perfect gift for Mum as it was a great way to see the city by water and was a great treat as was something we wouldn't have done ourselves.
The next day we headed towards The Anne Frank Museum. It was powerful and thought provoking, Seeing the remains of their lives in that small space was really interesting and heart wrenching. After spending around an hour here we then headed to the red light district which was really fun. Me and Mum enjoyed people watching here and learning about the area, we even popped into the museum of prostitution! We also visited the the Rejk Museum that day, which was huge, allowing us to spend a few hours there taking in all eras of art and sculpture.
We walked further around the city and visited the main shopping area, stopping for dinner in a small resturant as the weather turned against us.
On the last day we decided to be brave and hired bikes. This was the best way to see the city and we really enjoyed joining the crowds. We cycled all around the canal city centre of Amsterdam and then headed south to the greener area of the city. It was the perfect way to end our trip and we felt we had had the real experience. We bought the final few items to bring home and gave our bikes back to the hotel which we had hired them off.