When the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam came up, I jumped at the chance even if it meant doing it solo. I flew in at around noon and took a cab from the airport to my hotel in the museum district. Not wasting time, I went about exploring the area after checking into my hotel.
The hotel was only steps away from Vondelpark which is the largest and most popular public park in Amsterdam. A few more blocks away was a street lined with high end stores such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Dior, Prada, etc. Another 2 minute walk and I found myself in front of the world famous Rijksmuseum which houses Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to present time.
Across from the Rijksmuseum is the most visited museum in Amsterdam – the Van Gogh Museum – which fittingly holds the largest collection of his work.
On the second day of my trip, I got up early and had a cup of coffee and a waffle for breakfast.
Sufficiently fueled, I went to see more of what Amsterdam is known for.
On my third and final day, I took a boat ride on the narrow canal from the museum district to trendy Jordaan. This area is known for boutiques, pubs, and hip eateries. Stalls at the Noordermarkt square market offer antiques, jewelry, clothes, and organic food.
Jordaan is one of the most historic parts of Amsterdam and home to the Anne Frank House. This building at Prinsengracht 263 was where Anne Frank wrote her memoir, The Diary of a Young Girl, while she and her family lived in hiding for more than two years during World War II. Make sure to book your ticket in advance.