with Buddy del Rosario
I recently had a great conversation with my cousin Buddy about his trip to Amsterdam. I was so enchanted with the scenery and the fact that they explored entirely on bikes that I had to share it with you. I hope you enjoy this adventure through his eyes as much as I have. – Blondi
When we (my two college classmates and i) planned an after summer getaway, we decided on amsterdam. Rather than looking at hotels, we looked off the beaten path and went the craigslist way looking for vacation rentals. We made the right choice, the rental was a classic townhouse with a shared bath on each floor (two rooms to a floor). Our contact was very friendly and the area (Helmersbuurt) was away from the touristy areas though accessible to shops, groceries via tram (which was only half a block away). We only needed the tram when we arrived and when we were heading to the airport.. as you guessed it..we biked all the time.
BIKE THE CITY
There is nothing that beats seeing new cities on a bike. You get to see the sites in half the time, get some exercise in the process and lets not forget its quite fun too. You are able to explore and discover areas that would not normally be covered by a tour guide/tour bus. If you try to walk, the sights you can see are dependent on your capacity to stay on your aching feet. We must have covered the entire city by bike..outdoor markets, antique shops, cheese and a lot of cheese. One Saturday we found an outdoor market in the middle of nowhere that served the best fish (all kinds of) sandwiches.
We got to see all the parks and including Vondel park. At night, we were on the bike too:-) There are a few restaurants at the Vondelpark where you can enjoy the park surrounded by trees. The Vondeltuin Amsterdam is one of those restaurants. In sunny weather they have a cocktail bar outside serving delicious mojito’s! For dinner the Vondeltuin Amsterdam has several specials of the day and dishes like pasta, hamburger, caesar salad and tapas. Tapas are always a good idea, specially if you like to eat light and taste a bit of everything. Local favorites are the spicy meatballs and Turkish bread with aioli.
The 2nd time we went on our summer getaway, we added two cities. Brussels and Munich..and we explored the same way..on bikes.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Since the weather is cool most of the year you’ll want to pack warm layers like cashmere, a comfy coat and jeans. In the summer months you can enjoy tees, sundresses and skirts with feather cashmere sweaters for evenings. Check out these recommends for your trip.
Blanket Sweater Dressing : discover how to wear this look that keeps you warm and toasty.
The seasons warmest coats– fresh chic ideas for pairing the best coats for the season.
5 Ways, 1 dress, One Girl- explore 5 ways to wear your favorite little black dress in cooler weather.
Love at First Skirt– my favorite and most comfortable skirt for travel and weekends.
1) Long jersey skirts in causal prints and solids $40- $72 (BlondiCouture.com)
2) Knee Length Overcoat in Tan Cashmere $399
3) Black Turtleneck Sweater Cashmere – by Citizen Cashmere $139
4) Sofie Cashmere Butterfly Cape Sweater $97.50
6) DKNY Jeans Skinny Jean
WHAT’S COMING UP:
Though out the year Amsterdam offers variety of cultural events and festivals, many of them with an English-speaking public in mind. Each month, there are also smaller and less regular events listed in our What’s On in Amsterdam section.
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