I wasn’t 100% sure Amsterdam would be a great destination with a kid but it was cheap and 90 minutes away on a plane, and I’ll try anywhere once.
We landed, as promised, inside 90 minutes flying direct from Edinburgh. The weather was fantastic and this was our view.
We managed to walk everywhere in Amsterdam, we didn’t require public transport at all. This kept costs down and made it really easy to go anywhere we wanted. The first place we headed, a special request from Erin, was Anne Frank’s house. We arrived and the queue snaked back too far for us to consider standing in it in the mid day heat. I chanced my arm and went to an unmarked side door and asked if there was a better time to return, I explained I had a nine year old who simply couldn’t queue that long in the heat. Well the door attendant ushered me inside and explained I could purchase tickets for a pre-set time later on that day as I had a child. We just had to come back to the same door at the time allocated and we’d get to go straight in. The staff were super friendly and there was no extra charge! Top tip if you are a parent – go to the side door!
While we waited for our allocated time we sat beside the canal and enjoyed a bit of lunch.
Erin enjoying a refreshing lemonade on a VERY hot day in Amsterdam.
Goats cheese and walnut roll, Amsterdam style.
We returned to Anne Frank’s house after lunch, and as promised we went straight inside. No photos were allowed inside and I won’t spoil it. It’s quite a solemn experience but Erin really enjoyed the history. There is a charge for this but I seem to remember thinking it was quite reasonable.
Afterwards we visited a small cheese museum which was free.
Cheese in a huge variety of flavours and colours.
Huge quantities of cheese at the cheese museum. Erin also enjoyed the little penny press, yet another addition to her coin collection!
The perfect canal view with gorgeous flower boxes.
My view for much of our trip – the back of Erin’s head as she happily snapped away.
One of the two of us.
With Erin seeming to be growing up at a rapid pace, family time and trips like this are a top priority for us, and this one was close to perfect.
You can’t go on holiday and not have ice cream, the shop we found not far from Anne Frank’s house was particularly good. That pink stuff is watermelon sorbet and it was delicious.
The view at one of the many cake shops in Amsterdam. Macaron fans will be pleased to know that they are also well catered for!
Back at our hotel, the Mercure Canal District . Our room was small but we had everything we needed.
Erin had her own little area which as you can see she took full advantage of.
That night we headed out for some food. We ended up in the touristy bit, it was ok if you want to eat quite cheaply, if you are a bit of a foodie you probably need to search a bit further afield to find somewhere that suits (we found somewhere which I’ll link to in my next post).
Tired but happy, a fantastic first day in Amsterdam.