Davina: Last month Nick and I took Elfie on holiday for 5 days to Amsterdam. The main reason we chose Holland as our destination was because one of my very closest friends Yara moved there more than a year ago and I was desperate to spend some proper time with her. Yara and I went through our pregnancies together and both have daughters exactly the same age (3), who use to spend days and days together before Yara moved.
To be honest I didn't give the trip much thought beforehand except for looking forward to spending time with Yara so when I arrived I had no pre-expectations but was so impressed from the first second we arrived. The airport was so spacious and well planned with beautiful pictures of tulips on every wheely bin (which I loved! - They even make bins look nice!). There were tulips being sold all over the airport and fresh healthy food in the airport cafes - what a contrast to London Gatwick.
It was so easy to get into Amsterdam from the airport - one bus straight there in 20 minutes - so refreshing - life just seemed so much easier from day one of the trip.
We had an absolutely amazing trip - full of new experiences and quality time with friends - thank you so much Yara.
So what were our highlights of the trip?
Here are my five favourite things that we did, which I don't think we would have known about if we were not staying with friends.
1. Hire bikes - either get a bike seat or a box bike - its so unbelievable safe and easy to cycle in Amsterdam - you will be amazed by how many babies you see at the front of bikes
2. Cycle the 40 minute ride to the the Amsterdam Goat Farm - its like our city farms but so much better. Beautiful ride through the forrest, great play ground and amazing goat milk ice cream! If you go in April you can feed the baby goats.
3. Visit the Dezaanseschans Windmill Village. This is a short 20 minute train journey from Amsterdam and hosts the most amazing well kept historical Windmill village - where people actually still live and the mills are still used for traditional methods. You can tour the mills and there is an amazing clog shop/ mini museum and great waffles!
4. Eat dutch pancakes! They are everywhere and delicious.
5. Visit the Sunday Market - full of vintage shops, craft stores and street food and even afternoon dancing!