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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

Tulips and Waffels with hot caramel centers

Things that can't be missed In Amsterdam:

I cannot wait for my next trip to Amsterdam! I’m a little bit of a foodie, so as we were walking through one of the street markets, the aroma will never be forgotten. I HAD to find the source. Bingo, Stoopwafel! Imagine two thin waffles with caramel in the middle – and hot! Say no more, you had me at waffles.

It's no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, we've decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you're in Amsterdam.

1. Take a historical canal ride. The water tours of Amsterdam are some of the most desired.

Since there are hundreds of canals throughout the nation that were created just for travel, there is no reason not to give this popular attraction a try. During your gentle water ride, you'll get to view some of the country's most detailed architecture and most beautiful landscapes.

2. Take a walk through the wildflowers. Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers, especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park.

3. Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums. We were in search of Starry Night as we visited the Van Gogh museum. You can check out art by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.

4. Walk through De Wallen, the nation's red-light district. Although it's famous for some risky behavior, there is much more to the city. Try out one of the district's fine restaurants, small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up with red lights. For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You'll find that you can rent a bike nearly anywhere in the country. There are truly more bicycles in the city than vehicles.

5. Last but not least, you mustn't leave the country without trying some of its authentic Dutch desserts. Historically Dutch cuisine is rather bland, so while in Amsterdam you won't see "authentic Dutch cuisine" restaurants, but you will see a wide variety of authentic cuisine from all over the world. Don’t be surprised when you visit one of its coffeehouses. People travel all over the world to Amsterdam to encounter the coffeehouses in person. In Amsterdam, a coffeehouse is a place where cannabis is “served.” For the Dutch, it is simply a way to unwind, and these coffeehouses are some of the most reputable and reliable sources to enjoy a delicious bite to eat and a puff of smoke as you dine.

Give me shout when you’re ready to start planning your next amazing vacation! In the meantime, I’ll be having my stroopwafel with my espresso.

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