My son is finally ready to share his trip to Amsterdam with you. He loves picking different places to go to and this year Amsterdam was his choice. My father/his grandfather’s part of his family is from the Netherlands and my father remembers a lot of summers spent at his grandmother’s house in Bilthoven as a child where he also got to spend time in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. So it hits close to home for us.
I know that Amsterdam usually raises a red flag for some people who think you only go there to party and visit coffee shops. It has gotten a bad reputation which is sad.
I also feel like mentioning that my son’s choice of t-shirt he is wearing in some of the photos has nothing to do with his choice of destination. The t-shirt actually belongs to me. I’m a huge Bob Marley fan and no I don’t smoke. I truly feel like I have to clarify this with everyone reading because I know people tend to judge.
I’ve always loved Bob Marley’s music and it represents summertime for me. I listen to it all the time!
So here goes my favorite beloved little man with his story about Amsterdam:
Visiting Amsterdam with kids
Hello again people I’ve never met and who read my mom’s blog. It’s me again the son of the most cuckoo blogger on the internet webs. I took another 3 day trip in Europe with my dad the one with that mustache and awkward hair during his childhood (click HERE if you missed it). We went to Amsterdam which started with a six hour train ride from Lohr am Main which is my mom’s hometown.
If you have read my previous travel posts (click HERE, HERE and HERE) you’ll know I love food!!! Well yes I do and Amsterdam has a mixture of all foods, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, Algerian, Indonesian, Argentinian, and so many others. Warning if you go to Amsterdam it is hard to find a Dutch restaurant! Seriously not kidding! It took my dad and I about 2 hours to find one. We ended up having to go back to our hotel to ask someone for a recommendation.
On the first day for lunch I had a raw Herring which is a small fish in a bun with onions and pickles. It is one of the must eats along with bitterballen and croquetten :
For my first dinner at Haesje Claes (dutch restaurant) I had chicken liver with a mixture of vegetables, mashed potatoes (the Dutch love mashed potatoes for some reason) and bacon:
For dessert we had the mind blowing poffertjes. So so good, just look at the picture below.
They are little pancakes with butter and powdered sugar. Yup there are globs of butter on it:
Next day we were walking around The Albert Cuypmarkt for lunch and we had the famous Amsterdam croquettes which is a fried breaded dough and inside is mashed potatoes (again). Wow! On the side we had some amazing fries, they were so crunchy and the best fries I ever had. Can you tell how incredibly healthy I’ve been eating?
Then for dinner we ate Indonesian at Kantjil & Tiger (Indonesian food was recommended by my Opa). Our appetizer was Pangsit Goreng fried dumplings stuffed with prawns and chicken it’s served with ginger peanut sauce. We had a customized dinner, Bami Goreng (fried noodles also known as Mie goreng) and we ordered it with spicy beef, Indonesian pumpkin, corn, peas, with a peanut dressing. By the way eat Indonesian food if you go to Amsterdam and if you want to read why the Netherlands is so intwined with Indonesia, you can click HERE to read more.
One of the coolest things in Amsterdam are the houseboats. They are, in my opinion better than normal houses in Amsterdsam. A downside to living in a houseboat is you don’t get a lot of privacy but I don’t think the Dutch care.
Isn’t it cool to live on a houseboat like you can see below?
Amsterdam is a very beautiful city with its canals and houses.
My dad and I rented a paddle boat and explored the canals with it.
Usually my dad and I go visit a lot of museums and sights on our trips but this time we decided to just explore and walk around because we didn’t want to waste our time by standing in line. The only place we waited in line to see was the The Anne Frank Huis (house). I really wanted to see it because I read her diary after visiting the Dachau concentration camp with my family two years ago (click HERE if you want to read about our visit).
We were there really really early and the line was this incredibly long already.
What you should expect of Amsterdam in my opinion if you can visit it one day is to wander through the city and get lost in all the charm of Amsterdam.
Oh and I brought my Opa some 4 year old aged Gouda to Germany which is my favorite. I think I ended up eating half of it myself. Sorry Opa!
Maybe I will write another blog post this year. I actually never wrote a post about our visit to Paris a couple of years ago. I think I should still do that. But if not, I’ll “see” you next year.
And like my mom says:
Tschüß and I hope you enjoyed my post.
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