Saturday, 26 March 2016

Six Hours in Amsterdam.


This morning I was on a ferry returning from Amsterdam, now I'm sat writing this blog post to tell you all about it - whilst still worryingly swaying a little bit from the ferry trip - trippy! By the way I wrote this on Monday but just getting round to publishing it now :) 

When my friend mentioned P&O Ferries were doing a 2 for 1 offer on mini cruises, I jumped at the chance to book for us to go to Amsterdam - there was myself, Toby, my friend Danni and her boyfriend Matt. Me and Toby had never been on a ferry before, or even to Amsterdam for that matter, so we were looking forward to the whole experience. We set off to Hull on Saturday afternoon to board the ferry at about 6 p.m. Our room was tiny, but that was expected as we chose the cheapest option. As you can see below, I tried to get a decent photo of the room but the lack of breathing space, let alone photography space, made it very difficult. My sleeping arrangements for the night were on a fold out bunk bed above T's bed. This was certainly a task and a half - climbing the bunk bed ladder.. on a swaying ferry.. after a few vino's.. All good fun though. 

The ferry itself was not what I expected. When in the main areas, I personally didn't feel like I was on a boat at all. There was so much to do and it was so well laid out. There was a casino area, cinema's, restaurants and different bars. If it wasn't for the slight swaying of the ferry, you wouldn't have even known you were in the middle of the sea. Toby may disagree with me here though as he turned a lovely green colour when we got back to our room on the Saturday night and proceeded to get acquainted with the toilet... Vom. If I've learned anything from our trip, it's that me and Tobe will not be going on any cruise holidays any time soon!! 



We sailed overnight and arrived in Rotterdam early Sunday morning. Being the geeks that we are, we found the Port of Rotterdam to be amazing - it's the largest port in Europe and took us a good 20 minutes to drive out of it on the bus, plenty of time to stare out the windows at the different industries. Anyway enough of the boring stuff... 

We arrived in Amsterdam after just over an hour on the bus and proceeded straight to one of the canal tours to make best use of our short time there. The trip took us on a boat through the canals of Amsterdam pointing out key locations such as Anne Frank's house, the skinny bridge and the crooked teeth buildings. 

I loved all the buildings in Amsterdam. They were all three or four storeys tall, so thinly built, they all needed a hoist built outside of them to pull large pieces of furniture up to the higher floors and through the windows - apparently the stair cases are too narrow! Some of the buildings are built with a deliberate tilt forwards too, to avoid the furniture colliding with the house as it's hoisted up! Some of the rows of buildings are referred to as crooked teeth too. Due to the architectural design of the houses, over the years they have began to tilt in odd directions! 

Captain Patrick kept interrupting the audio soundtrack to tell his own stories which were hilarious - he definitely loved his job! He manoeuvred the boat through the intricate waterways and through narrow bridges with immense skill, so much so that Toby didn't even feel sea sick! 

Next up, having scoured the internet for somewhere cool to eat, we decided upon Burger Fabriek. This burger bar is right in the middle of the shops and was decorated in an industrial theme which definitely ticked a box for me! I got a chicken burger and the rest of the group ordered beef burgers. I quickly regretted my choice though as the beef burgers looked so nice and my chicken burger looked, well.. a bit odd inside! I decided to leave it and focus on eating my huge pile of chips instead, mmm. 

We then went to the Ice Bar which was a cool experience. There will be an obligatory post featured soon - watch this space! 

We spent our last hour in Amsterdam wandering around the streets taking in the atmosphere at Dam Square and browsing in the shops. I was intrigued by the number of cheese shops there were and tried a few samples of cheese before opting to buy myself a huge wafflle covered in chocolate from a shop further down the road, mmmmm. 

Definitely worth the visit for a short trip and for the experience on the ferry - as long as you don't get sea sick!! 














What are your favourite things to do in Amsterdam?! 

KT xo.  


4 comments:

  1. Wow! Amsterdam looks fab and love the rather large clogs! lol!

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  2. I've never been on a ferry before but I guess it would be good experience. Love all your pictures of Amsterdam and those chips look yum!

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    1. It's certainly different :)
      Got to have good sea legs though!!
      Thanks for the comment

      KT xo.

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