Welcome to the first of our Inter rail travel blogs! Back at the start of the year, we set up this new addition to our food blog as we knew we had big plans for the summer, and today is the day that all of the hard planning, work, and saving up money has led up to. We hope you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far on Food & Baker Travels, but that was just a warm up, as we are now setting off on our 5 week long gallivant around Europe! First stop… Amsterdam.
Now although we are Interrailing, we are starting our trip off with a flight – this way we get one more place to go during our time away.Check out the Interrail ticket options on their website to understand this a bit more.
So at 3.30am on Saturday 1st July 2017, our journey began with a trip to Gatwick Airport. Normally this isn’t the most convenient airport to get to for us living in West London, and certainly not at all at this time of day, but this time it was different. We were lucky enough to work with Blacklane*, not so much a taxi company but a chauffeur service. We were greeted by our fantastic driver, Esperan, who took our bags, opened our doors, and gave us the most stress free journey to the airport we could hope for. Compare this to the usual of bus, tubes, coaches or trains to get there, and we were left feeling so grateful and relaxed ahead of our flight. We arrived in plenty of time and boarded our British Airways flight at 07.20, taking only about an hour before we landed at our first destination of the summer.
After checking into our Air Bnb and getting some lunch, we started our explorations at the Rijksmuseum*. Right up there with Amsterdam’s top rated attractions, we simply couldn’t miss out. It’s an art gallery and history museum, covering everything from the Middle Ages and containing pieces from the likes of Mondrian. It’s full of fascinating artefacts, stunning pieces of art and enough information and intelligence to keep you in there for weeks on end. Unfortunately, we were only able to make it a fairly short trip, as we had other plans lined up for the rest of the afternoon.
This is as during our time here in Amsterdam, we have access to the IAmsterdam City Card*, which gives free or discounted access to more attractions than you can physically visit in the 72hrs for which it’s active! It gives £2.50 off admission price to Rijksmuseum, but our next two stops came completely free due to having it. We made a quick stop at the Royal Coster Diamonds museum, a small but fascinating museum explaining the process of sourcing, extracting and using diamonds for jewellery purposes. It’s full of amazing pieces from history, and those more close to the present day. With our city card we received a free gift that we believe to be a small red gem – a fantastic souvenir to take away!
With the Amsterdam weather meaning we have to wait a few more days to start work on our tans, the sun did actually decide to show up by the late afternoon. Therefore we thought it would be good to take the weight off our feet for a while by having a Canal City Cruise. Again, free with the city card which we personally think is one of the best features of having it! It lasted 75 minutes, with the choice of having headphones in to learn about the buildings and areas in front of our eyes. The Blue Water Company offer a number of other cruises, from the Hard Rock Burger Cruise, to Dinner Cruise and it’s definitely something that we might consider towards the end of our time here.
Now as I’m sure you know, and now we now know from seeing it first hand, Amsterdam is famous for its mixed culture and offering. During the day we saw the museums, amazing architecture and food, but the evening took a different but equally as fascinating turn for us. First of all, Mum if you’re reading this – don’t worry, we didn’t do anything you wouldn’t want us to! But we did take a trip to the Sexmuseum!
We absolutely love that our blogs and vlogs are child friendly, so we won’t go into too much detail, but the museum explained sex through the ages and strong culture of it in Amsterdam. It was full of interactions and galleries featuring the likes of Marylyn Monroe, and with a few laughs, cringes and awkward moments thrown in, it was a great way to spend an hour or so! Upon leaving and now planning to head back to our Air Bnb, we decided against it as it couldn’t be more fitting to go and see the real thing now.
The Red Light District for us was surreal and bizarre, and that area generally left us feeling like we were in a completely different world to where we were just a few hours before.
Just one day here and Amsterdam has left us intrigued for more! Good job we have two more days left here before moving on to our next city, so check back tomorrow to see what adventures lie next!
Disclaimer: we were given complimentary ride/entries to the asterisks (*) in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.
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