Sunday, October 30, 2016

24 Hours in a city - Amsterdam (an Accorhotels Competition)

Accorhotels recently launahced a competition in which they invited people to write how they would spend 24 hours in either Paris, Amsterdam, or Berlin.  Specifically, "you pick your favourite city, share your perfect 24 hours in this city in a write-up, blog or video – and win a fantastic NINE-day trip for two people in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris – including transport, accommodation, a GoPro and a city-pass for the city itself."  You can find all the details by clicking here.  

Recently, KLM had some reduced fares to go from America (Houston) to South Africa with a day lay-over in Amsterdam.  I was about to take this route and so I did some research and created a one-day itinerary for Amsterdam.  Everyone has heard about Amsterdam, and the amazing canals, food, history, and culture.  When I was younger, I used to transit through Schipol a lot but never made it out of the airport; I hope to make it out of the airport and get to explore all of what Amsterdam has to offer.  

8am: arrive into Schipol and easily connect to the city center via train
10am: explore Dutch art at Rijksmuseum and of course, take the obligatory picture in front of the "I am Amsterdam" sign
11a: Continue with the exploration of Dutch art at the Van Gogh Museum
12:30p: Enjoy lunch at Reijnders, a traditional Dutch brown café. The café was founded in 1880 and gives you a good sense of Amsterdam's past.  
1:15p: Continue to enjoy Amsterdam by taking part in a walking tour.  With walking tours, you can see the sights, smell the smells, feel the local flavor while walking aroudn the city.  Through this tour, you will be able to see the Red Light District, the Royal Palace, the Anne Frank House and more.
4:30p: walk by and enjoy the frenzy and beauty of the floating flowermarket (Bloemenmarkt).
5p: The perfect way to relax at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset with a canal cruise.  These cruises are a great way to get an overview of Amsterdam's canals and houses.  
7p: Enjoy a nice dinner at D’Vijff Vlieghen where they offer good food in a unique interior.  This restaurant, situated in the centre of Amsterdam, near the floating flowermarket and adjoining the Amsterdam canals, contains 4 original Rembrandt etchings, has antique Delft blue tiles and 17th century glassware; all of which can be admired while enjoying your delicious meal.
10p: enjoy an evening stroll around Amsterdam and take in the Dutch nightlife.  

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