Our next country was the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam. It was a pretty city that is still very cold in February.

On our first full day, we went to two markets. Our first destination was a floating flower market. There were a lot of fun and colorful plants. Unfortunately we couldn’t buy any because they couldn’t be imported and our cat eats plants.

Our next destination was another market closer to the town center. They had various cheeses, sushi and Netherlands trinkets. When we got to the end of the market it started to rain so we got some delicious warm snacks.

We then headed to the Rijksmuseum and saw a lot of famous paintings, mostly focusing on Rembrandt. The museum had good descriptions of the paintings and pamphlets describing why the famous ones became famous. It was really interesting.

Extra time was spent just walking around some of the old streets and canals.

We spent the rest of the evening eating traditional Dutch food, such as raw Herring, and going on a canal cruise.

On the second day, we starting by taking another canal trip to the city center. From there we walked through the Red Light district to a popular pancake house. After the pancakes, we went on a tour of the Heineken Museum. It used to be the Heineken factory and they converted it to a museum. It was a little silly, but still a fun time. It’s probably not worth going out of your way to see it, but if you are already in the area, it’s not a bad way to spend 1.5 hours.

Next was the Anne Frank house. It was very interesting to see.

The evening it snowed and rained heavily. We ate dinner and had a relatively early night.

The rest of the Amsterdam photographs