For Jacek's birthday back in November I got him flights to Amsterdam, a place which I had wanted us to go to together for ages. We had both been before but never together and we both love the city so we really wanted to visit again. I conveniently booked our trip for the day after my birthday and I'm so glad I did because the weather was perfect for our visit - no wind, no rain just sunshine.
Le Pain Quotidien in one of the backstreets, it had the most lovely, warming atmosphere, the perfect place to do a bit of blogging whilst having a smoothie but I have to admit that the menu wasn't really us... it was all health and detox food - not a big greasy fry in sight and that was just what we wanted. We made do with a waffle and fresh berries as well as a pain au chocolat fresh from the oven. I washed mine down with a mimosa and Jacek has a bowl (yes a bowl!) of coffee.
|Rainbows follow me everywhere...|
|Amsterdam has unicorns!|
|The Queen trying to steal my thunder!|
|Jacek and Obama having a right laugh!|
|South African men.|
Our coffee shop of choice was the Bluebird, which is a place I fell in love with on two of my previous visits to Amsterdam. The decor is great to look at and I love the original artwork, the staff are friendly, their menu is great and the vibe in there is really relaxed. The smoking room upstairs is great to chill out in and enjoy a smoothie - my favourite being the papaya and mango. When you need a bit of air they also have outdoor seating. They also do food if you're feeling peckish, I used to have a crepe breakfast there on my previous visits.
|Can you tell how much I liked this artwork?|
|The heart of the Red Light District.|
|Building work ruined my picture!|
|The best waffle in the world, if only we could find the shop again...|
|The best chips I've ever had.|
|Our last picture in Amsterdam.|
I really can't wait to return to my favourite city. If I could live there I really would. The way of life is fantastic, so relaxed and easy-going. The Dutch people are really friendly, the city is so scenic and cultured, there's lots to see and do and people are happy and tolerant there, something which is sadly lacking in a lot of places. I don't know when we will return but it will be a highly anticipated return by us!