Where to start when it comes to Amsterdam? After being apprehensive for a long time about the stereotypical culture that comes to mind, I was so pleasantly surprised with what I had experienced in this city, I could have strolled those canal lanes for weeks...
On arrival at the airport, we hopped in a cab into the city centre to stay at the quintessentially Dutch and elegant hotel – The Pulitzer Amsterdam.
Our cab driver had us in stiches all the way to hotel, the Dutch are very funny characters with a lot of good chat to offer, he also got us excited about the area we were staying and said that The Pulitzer Amsterdam is one of the best hotels in the city, so we were already excited.
We spent hours stumbling into eateries, boutiques, vintage stores and amazing cafes (they are not all weed shops, believe me), to find our way over to Izakaya restaurant in the evening – I had been told by so many people to visit, so it was a must – we agreed it was some of best sushi we had ever tasted!
After a deep sleep, and a healthy breakfast, we woke up and headed to the Anne Frank museum to try and get to grips with what the famous diarist had gone through for two years of her life in hiding, and resulting in becoming a victim of the Jewish holocaust during World War II in the Netherlands.
I found it emotional but also empowering to hear the bravery, confidence and courage of this amazing young girl between the ages of 13 – 15 years old.
It was well worth a visit, attracting around 1.3 million people year to walk through the small rooms within the very house in which Anne Frank hid for all that time. That being said, I highly recommend to book this well in advance as we were told it was fully booked, but luckily had been squeezed in by the great concierge team at the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel.
After the day sped by wondering around the canals, we had a cheeky massage at Soho House and finished off the evening back at The Pulitzer Amsterdam's beautiful restaurant, Jansz, for a delicious 3 course dinner, with a couple of tasty cocktails to wind down.
All in all this was such a fun trip and I cant wait to visit Amsterdam and The Pulitzer again!