Andy, being the gluttonous boy that he is, ordered a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows – I think I would have been full just after that!
I mean just look at it!
I can’t resist a bit of cream cheese on a bagel and was very intrigued when I spotted sun dried tomato cream cheese. Mhmmm. It exists, and it’s delicious.
After the caffeine kicked in, we took a quick stroll up to the flower market. Now, I had fairly high expectations, not only from my trusty Lonely Planet guide book, but my parents had also told me that the flower market was truly spectacular. But I have to admit, I was a little disappointed.
It wasn’t as big as I was expecting and there were more bulbs and seeds than actual flowers. Humph.
I can’t resist peonies – they’re by far and away my favourite flowers and if I hadn’t been leaving the next day I would have treated myself to some.
Always in search of more adventures, we started walking south, towards Vondelpark, getting lost along the canals and stopping to take lots of photos.
Now, I know I’m not that great on a bike but I think I could make an exception for this baby – isn’t she just the perfect shade of blue?
It was lovely walking round on a Sunday morning listening to all the church bells and seeing people milling about on a sleepy morning.
After finally getting our bearings we ended up in Vondelpark which was absolutely stunning. I couldn’t get over how many different areas it had – there was live music, big ponds, water features, cycle tracks, play parks and amazingly, among all of that, there were peaceful quiet spots.
Our incredible lunch at RON Gastrobar was right at the other end of the park, so we had a great opportunity a lot of the park.
And well, who doesn’t love a bit of food porn?
Feeling very full after our incredible lunch, we decided to laze around in Vondelpark (it was a Sunday afternoon after all) and so strolled back to find a spot of grass to collapse on.
I find there’s something so relaxing about water fountains, and so when we discovered this one I knew that’s where we’d be lying for the next while.
We were also beside this little cutie. It’s got to be one of the best parts of being in a park for me – I’ve got a chance to talk to as many dogs as possible. What can I say? I love them too much!
As we were lying there we suddenly became aware that there was live music coming from somewhere and decided to check it out, a small nap having done wonders for our energy levels!
It turns out that every summer Vondelpark hosts an open air festival with live music and theatre, isn’t that wonderful?
We were just in time to grab a seat, have a drink and relax. Perfect Sunday afternoon if you ask me.
We sat and enjoyed the music for a while before deciding that we needed one little last doze and went back to our little spot.
It was so peaceful even though there were literally hundreds of people all around us. I love it when there are such open spaces in great cities.
I think I’d spend most of my summer Sundays here if I lived here! It was the perfect chilled out place for us.
I really don’t think I’ll ever get over how many people cycle in Amsterdam – it was as if everyone was born on a bike.
Even Mr and Mrs Duck were having a relaxing Sunday!
But sadly, all good things have to come to an end and on Monday morning I took a last stroll to the train station. My inner shutter bug couldn’t resist one last snap of this jaunty bike and the canal.
I flew home with British Airways straight into City Airport – which is a bit of an experience itself and well worth doing once. It’s also the handiest of all the London airports as it’s smack bang in London and is on the DLR.
Although it makes for a very surreal landing!
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