It’s the final day of 2017 and not only that but it’s the final day of my Amsterdam travel series, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what I got up to during my little adventure there for my 22nd birthday as much as I enjoyed writing about the whole trip. Amsterdam has been a place on my bucketlist for a long while now so I’m so happy I got to tick it off in 2017. I had such high expectations and it completely exceeded these expectations, it really is a magnificent city and I’d go back time and time again, and never get sick of it. Today’s post is all about day 4 of the trip, which was unfortunately our last day, but nonetheless it was a nice end to a great trip.
It seems to be that the only time I eat breakfast is when I’m abroad, so as you’re probably assuming, the start of our final day in Amsterdam was spent having a lovely little Starbucks breakfast (where I was also given the new name of Polly as you can see). I chose a ham and cheese croissant, my usual caramel macchiato and a slice of delicious cheesecake (the cheesecake at De Pont the previous day converted me). I need to start eating breakfast on a regular basis, it really is one of the most important meals of the day which is at times under appreciated, it set me up for all the walking that we done on our city break.
After a satisfying Starbucks breakfast we took the 40 minute journey to Amsterdam’s Artis Royal Zoo, and I couldn’t wait being the big animal lover that I am. This zoo is not only one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands but in mainland Europe too, and is home to over 700 animal species, with an aquarium and a planetarium too. Entry was free with our IAmsterdam cards, so as soon as we got our tickets we started exploring this enormous zoo. Some of the highlights of the zoo were the giraffes, elephants and the little monkeys (one is in the picture above) that roamed quite freely around you, although the majority of them were snuggled up and sleeping, they looked so cuddly. I’d have taken half the zoo home with me if I could have.
What was so unique about the zoo was the fact they had a butterfly house, with so many butterflies flying all around you whilst you walk through. Some were close enough to touch, others remained high up in the ceiling, and the designs on them, in addition to their colours were magnificent. This is a special feature of the zoo and one that I truly loved.
After Artis Royal Zoo we took the short walk to the NEMO Science Museum, home to four floors of hands on educational fun. Tickets cost around 16 euros but entry was free to this museum with the IAmsterdam card. Although I’d say this is more of a kids place due to the kids hogging every interactive aspect of the museum (I swear I wasn’t jealous), it’s also a place were adults can be big kids again and join in on the fun too. Even if Science wasn’t your subject at school, it will soon become something you’ll enjoy when you go from floor to floor in this place.
After getting all scientific at the Science museum we had our final walk around the city, taking in our picturesque surroundings knowing that soon we’d be home to our everyday environment, that was nothing quite like Amsterdam. The sun was shining, which was a first during the trip, so it made everything all the more beautiful, with the crisp Autumn leaves crunching on the floor whilst we walked over the canal bridges for the last time.
To finish off our trip we headed to a lovely Italian restaurant called La Casa De Michael, not far from our hotel. On arriving at the restaurant we were the only people in the restaurant for a good while, which made me wonder whether this would be good or not, usually you make a judgement on restaurants with whether they’re busy or not but this one was deserted. Despite us being the only diners in the place, we were given extra special customer service and took our time picking what to eat from this extensive menu. I ordered a spinach and ricotta lasagne and David got a calzone, and we couldn’t wait for it to arrive. We weren’t disappointed, the lasagne was gorgeous despite it being a vegetarian option when I usually love my meat, and David was impressed with his calzone, which was cooked to perfection. We couldn’t have chosen a nicer restaurant to have our final dinner before we headed back to the hotel to wait on our transfer picking us up and whisking us back to the airport to jet back home.
City breaks are so tiring and after arriving home before midnight, we were straight back to work the next day and the trip was over just like that. Amsterdam is the perfect city break destination so if it’s on your bucketlist to go to, then save up and make the trip happen as you won’t regret it at all. I definitely want to keep up the birthday tradition of going away, so who knows where I’ll be going for my 23rd birthday…watch this space. Have you ever been to Amsterdam, if so what was the highlight of your trip?