Amsterdam Travel Diary: Days 1 and 2!

27th September 2017

Hey everyone!

This is the first travel diary I’ve ever written, I hope it isn’t too boring to read but I’m genuinely so excited to share the lovely things we saw whilst in Amsterdam, especially our incredibly cute accommodation. Jake booked this as my 21st birthday present as I’d been wanting to go for ages and he wanted to surprise me with something fabulous as this year has been very all over the place.

The houseboat was perfect, it was a half hour tram ride from Amsterdam centre so it was incredibly quiet and out the way meaning we didn’t have to be amongst the lights and noise all the time, we could cook our own meals as my body can’t handle eating out much and I mean who doesn’t want to stay in an adorable little apartment literally ON a canal!? The bedroom and bathroom was downstairs meaning we were literally sleeping under the waters surface, so damn cool.

We were supposed to check in at 4pm but the owner picked us up from the airport at 9:30am and took us to the houseboat where it was all ready for us! We were greeted with a full tour, 2 lovely bikes that we were free to use, a fridge stocked with beers, prosecco, coke and fanta, they left us freshly grounded coffee and a selection of gorgeous teas, a jar of biscuits and waffles, fruit, jams, cereal bars and much more.

Since we’d been up since 3:30am and I really wasn’t feeling well, the first thing we decided to do was NAP. Then we got up and cycled down to the local supermarket to scout out some nice things to stock the fridge with where everything was pretty damn cheap. After a sandwich and my second nap of the day (sorry Jake) I finally started to feel a bit human and forced myself up and out into the centre where we found a really lovely Italian called ‘La Madonna’. I had a breaded chicken escalope with some wedges and Jake had meat and vegetable cannelloni.

We decided to head straight back to the apartment and get a relatively early night as our tummies were comfortably full and we were excited to explore the city properly the next day but on our walk back to the apartment from the tram, we spotted one cute little bunny. The further we walked along, more appeared and there must’ve been about 30 adorable rabbits and bunnies just running around. BEST NIGHT EVER.


We decided not to have any plans set in stone for the trip due to not knowing how well I was going to be and I didn’t want to spend the whole time feeling guilty for not being able to complete the things we’d said we’d do. We decided to head towards the art museums and stumbled across the Rembrandt one first so we threw ourselves in there on a whim.

Rijksmuseum // €17.50
I read quite a few articles and blog posts before visiting Amsterdam and this museum was on quite a lot of them because of the famous name behind it but we personally found it quite tedious after a while. When I say it is huge, I mean it is HUGE. We didn’t exactly walk round it slowly and it took us about an hour and a half, maybe even longer to get round just ONE floor. Feeling lethargic, a bit fed up and like we were looking at similar things in every room, we decided not to carry on with this museum and went and got a nice baguette for lunch. Sorry Rijksmuseum, you were good to see but I wouldn’t visit again.

We then walked through the famous Vondelpark on our way to…

Stedelijk // €17.50
Museum number 2! This being a modern art museum, I had my hopes set a bit higher for holding interest in this one but Jake was skeptical as in his words, he thought it would be “a thumbprint of blu tac on a wall and people calling it art”, we were actually both pleasantly surprised. A lot of the paintings and exhibitions provoked a hell of a lot of conversation and emotions, one particularly jumped out to me by Carlos Motta called “The Crossing”. He video’d 11 homosexual/transgender refugees telling their story, each video was around 10 minutes long so we didn’t get the chance to sit and watch them all but it was fascinating and heartbreaking to hear what these people have been through. I really hope this exhibition gets put online or turned into a book at some point as I want to learn more about it so much. I would DEFINITELY recommend going to this museum, really great vibes and super interesting.

We then decided to go back to the apartment as we were exhausted from all the walking, had an afternoon snooze and stayed at the apartment and made some lovely pesto pasta with bratwurst sausage in which was super yummy. We then went for an evening stroll to spot some more bunnies (woo!) and came back and watched 500 Days of Summer as we had Netflix on the houseboat TV.

Well that was day 1 and 2 of our stay in Amsterdam, the post about day 3, 4 and 5 is here if you want a read! Hope you have enjoyed reading about our adventures so far. Have you been to Amsterdam? What would your must-sees be?

’Til next time,

49 responses to “Amsterdam Travel Diary: Days 1 and 2!”

  1. Robyn Evans says:

    I’d love to go there ! The rabbits sound so cute – I’d have loved that so much.

  2. Emma Drury says:

    I really hope to go to ‘Dam soon, it looks amazing! ?
    Emma |

  3. I was so excited to read this as amsterdam is somewhere I am desperate to travel too! I will put the art museum on my list of places to go! Cant wait to hear about the rest of your trip!


  4. Hannah says:

    The place where you stayed looks adorable, and it’s great of the owner to pick you up and give you a tour of the place too! I’ve never been to Amsterdam before, so I cannot wait to hear about the rest of your trip xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      The owners were so lovely! We were really lucky we picked such a nice place to stay 🙂 next post will be up sunday! Xx

  5. Julia says:

    It sounds like an amazing trip! I love your accommodation, it looks so cute! I’m happy to hear the owners were very welcoming as well, it’s a hit and miss sometimes. I wish I could visit Amsterdam, it looks absolutely amazing. Maybe one day! So far my boyfriend took me to Prague for my last birthday (definitely recommend it – hint it to Jake for your next birthday haha) Can’t wait to read more!

    Julia xx

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was an amazing place to stay 😀 Oooh I would LOVE to go to Prague, it’s definitely on our list of places we want to go! I feel like the list is never ending though haha! Xx

  6. I went to Amsterdam a couple of years ago and loved it! We were only there for a couple of days & there is so much to do! My favourite was the Anne Frank museum & we also did a boat cruise on the canals! X

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      There is isn’t there!? We are definitely going to go back in a few years 🙂 We didn’t do the Anne Frank museum but we will deffo do it next time! X

  7. Gemma says:

    You know, this post has opened my eyes to a different kind of Amsterdam! I would love to go especially your boathouse! Like what that’s the most adorable hotel ever. I’m not one for art galleries so would have to miss those! I can’t wait to read your other travel diaries can’t wait to hear what you got up to.

    Gemma |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was honestly so much more chilled than I thought it would be but we did go on weekdays so god knows what it’s like on the weekends haha! X

  8. Chloe says:

    I went to Amsterdam earlier in the year and it was amazing! I can’t wait to go back and visit again! Sounds like you had a great time! x

  9. Emma says:

    Ahh I really want to go to Amsterdam! We were considering it for our minimoon but decided to stay in the uk after all. It looks like an amazing trip – definitely going to get there as soon as I can! x

  10. I’ve never been to Amsterdam before, but I know a few people who have been and have loved it xo

    Char |

  11. Heather says:

    I haven’t been to Amsterdam but I’d love to x

  12. Gemma says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely time x

  13. Jackie says:

    I love travel diaries and looks like you had a nice time. I’ve always wanted to go and hopefully I will one day.

  14. Taylor Jane says:

    Amsterdam is my favourite place ever, I was going to make a trip there for the end of this year but I think I’m going to wait until next year. I just love everything about it, I’m a super freak when it comes to pretty and cool buildings and everything like that – and Amsterdam certainly has that xx

    Taylor Jane ox |

  15. Anu says:

    It sounds you had an amazing time! I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam but haven’t had the chance yet – hopefully I’ll get to go soon. Also “a thumbprint of blu tac on a wall and people calling it art” made me laugh 😀 x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was fabulous! You should get there when you can as it’s a damn cool place 🙂 haha i’m glad, he is a funny one! X

  16. jade says:

    I think thats really nice of them to let you into the boat early, especially that early! IT looks beautiful aswell, a different experience to an ordinary hotel room. The museum looks rather interesting aswell! I am looking forward to reading about the next days!xox

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Almost a whole 7 hours early, we were so pleased as we were so knackered haha! We like picking places that are a bit different when we can, thanks lovely! X

  17. Leslie says:

    Honestly don’t know how you could top the bunnies . It just seems like that would be my high point haha but your trip sounds like a real dream!

  18. I’ve been so excited to read about your trip, and it sounds amazing! I love the pictures you took in the second museum.. ? I’ve been wanting to visit Amsterdam for absolutely forever, so I might start to hint at James about it, especially after this post.. Can’t wait to read the rest! ?

    Andi |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thank you lovely!! 🙂 Definitely hint about it, it’s such a fabulous place to go! Next part will be up Sunday! X

  19. Chessie says:

    So glad you had a nice time! It looks incredible, definitely on my bucket list! xx

  20. Kate Ballamy says:

    So glad you had an amazing time. The photos look incredible, excited for the next few days!

  21. Alice says:

    This sounds amazing! The house is so stunning, I’d love to go to that modern art museum. Me and my boyfriend love a good museum x


  22. Kayleigh Zara says:

    The hotel looks amazing! I’m hoping to visit Amsterdam again in the new year so I might have to check it out. I also love the look of the exhibitions your visited x

    Kayleigh Zara ?

  23. Joyce Lau says:

    I want to stay on a houseboat!!! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

  24. Lily says:

    I love Amsterdam, it has become one of my favourite places! I can’t wait to visit it again and become more of a local and explore more non touristy places x

  25. Alicia says:

    This makes me feel so jealous ? Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in the world. What a great travel journey xx

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