Tulipppppsssss - literally the majority of my photos will be flowers
03/23/2017 - 03/23/2017
Today was way windy in Amsterdam! It was a wee bit colder than yesterday so it was not as enticing to walk and wander. We started with a croissant breakfast in the lobby of the hotel.
We then headed to Lindbergh tours at central station to hop onto our tour bus to Keukenhof Gardens. Make sure you are 30 min exactly on time because they already started heading to the bus then. It was nice not to have to think about transportation and because it was the very first tour group of the season, the Keukenhof employees were celebratory and took a group photo of our whole bus. They also sent us home with a bouquet of daffodils. Luckily, the sun was out, so the gardens warmed up while we walked around the expansive grounds. We tried to fit all the exhibitions in our 3 hour time window and really only missed 1 section so this is an easy half day trip. I wish more flowers and tulips were in bloom though, but even still there were a lot of flowers on display. The garden itself is cute and great for kids because there is a petting zoo, a boat tour with a tiny canal running around, playgrounds, and a windmill! We climbed up the windmill and could imagine the amazing view you would get if the tulips were in full bloom. I highly recommend coming in mid-April to see it in all its glory and likely doable as a trip without a tour guide. We admired the beauties and colors of the flowers in bloom and the fragrant and pleasant smell of spring in the air. We also had a warm stroopwafel by the windmill. Yummy caramel smacked in between 2 very crunchy waffle thins.
Mondrian tulip pattern
Taste the tulip rainbow
Beachin' around -- super comfy hammocks
It's a me, Mario!
Croquette sandwich -- not bad, still not sure what was in it
We hopped onto the bus with new daffodils and headed to the Van Gogh Museum. Since Van Gogh was born here but spent most of his days in Paris, the collection can seem lacking. I love Van Gogh anyways so I loved looking at all his paintings and trying to feel the emotions in every brush stroke. We learned about the story and history behind the 2 recently found paintings that were stolen in 2002! The "Seascape at Scheveningen" was one of his first artworks using heavy brush strokes and i really liked it in comparison to the one I really liked which was "Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer". The museum also has Irises, The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, and many self portraits. You really feel like it would have been amazing to be an artist or in the presence of an artist in Paris at that time. (no photos since they don't really allow many)
We then headed back to the hotel to rest our feet and relax before meeting up with Virginia. We headed to the rooftop bar where there are views for days. The booze and beer and atmosphere at the lobby bar is way more chill and relaxing though. We got a drink and enjoyed the sunset until we started getting hungry and interested in dinner.
We headed to Kartika, an Indonesian restaurant that Virginia had researched. Apparently, Indonesian food is pretty good in Amsterdam. We ordered the preset menu which was about 18 euros a person and it was worth it. We had our gado gado, shrimp chips, sate, and goreng. It was all really delicious and spicy. We left with our stomachs' very happy and very full and called it a night.