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Europe; Amsterdam: how to see it in 1 day.

So you’ve got one day to see the city, where do you start. Although Amsterdam is heavily associated with drugs and prostitution, there really is so much more to see and do. From the Van Gough Museum to the Heineken Brewery there really is something for everyone.

So, Amsterdam in 12hours.

9am- if your fortunate enough to be up and about for 9am then you’ll probably find not much else is, take yourself down to the Dam Square and grab a coffee and croissant, watch the city come to life.

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10.30- consider visiting a museum of choice, try the Van Gough, Anne Franks House or Madam Tussauds,
now is a great time before the queues get too long.

12.00- take a wander down the red light district of the city, not quite as seedy as you’d be lead to believe. Do not take photographs of these girls, they don’t respond well.

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1.00- fancy some lunch, just down from the Dam Square are many ally’s lined with great eateries! I’d recommend Pasta Pasta!

2.30- once you’ve explored the many souvenir shops, take a walk back across the Dam Square and over to the ‘I Amsterdam’ sign! Great for a photo opportunity.

3.00- Amsterdam’s most famous for a city of bikes, why not hire a city bike and go explore the city, find a nice spot by the river bed to sit and watch the world go by.

5.00- the city really does come to life at night! Head off for some tea before hitting the bars for a couple of bevs!

Hope this helps! Here’s some personal snaps from my time in the city.

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City Break, how to pack for a 2 night trip

The dreaded word, packing. Potentially the bain of every travellers life. But fear no more, here I’m going to attempt to guide you on how to pack accordingly for a 2 night city break.

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First things first; check the current temperature of your destination (you don’t want to be taking your daisy dukes to Iceland) Ok, I’m going to take winter for example as I’m currently packing for Amsterdam.

1. Trousers: think versatile, choose one pair of trousers that will double up for the night with a good top.

2. Layers: one of the more important tips, put on a cami, jumper and then your coat. If for some freak reason the temperatures changes dramatically then your geared for all eventualities, well kind of.

3. Bottle: don’t go trying to cart your full tube of Wella shampoo and conditioner, it’s far more logical to buy some small containers from Boots, Primark or wherever, and fill it with a reasonable amount to get you by.

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So your list of necessities:

4 tops (3day 1night), 1 pair of trousers, 1 pair of leggings, 1 coat, 1 dress, 3 sets of undies, 1 set of PJ’s & and limited array of toiletries. Oh and potentially one of the more useful accessories for when you just need to sleep (courtesy of Urban Outfitters):

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Voila, and there you have it, how to pack light for your city break. Enjoy!

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Visiting Europe; Amsterdam

The Boat

DFDS Seaways are offering incrediable deals at the moment, and when we saw Newcastle to Amsterdam for only £71 for 2 people we decided this was not one to turn our nose up at! Although you need to be extremely flexable when booking such deals, and a little careful when reading the fine print in terms of Room’s and Views (bunkbeds and 4 wall views were not for us) you really can get some cracking bargins!

I spent a good hour trawling through the website manually searching days within the deal period until I found the only remaining Double Room with a Sea View. Booked!


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