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Trip Report 5 days in Amsterdam after 30 years!

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Our last visit to Amsterdam was 30 years ago and we really enjoyed it. This year we were returning from 8 weeks in Italy and our KLM tickets permitted a stopover so we decided to revisit after all this time. Had a great time and if it weren't for the colder weather in February it would be a candidate for part of our winter away.

Stayed in a lovely apartment on Herengracht - highly recommend it:

The apartment is bright, stylish and has stunning views of the lovely Herengracht canal. Also a lovely terrace in the rear (we didn't use it as it was snowing but it would be a real bonus in nice weather). The owner was terrific to deal with and everything was as promised, or better.

The location is fantastic - a few minutes walk to Anne Frank House, Central Station, Dam Square and the shopping streets in Jordaan.....which we loved.

We went to the reopened Maritime Museum.....the building is beautiful but we had to leave early due to circumstances so didn't see the models/art.

Went to Anne Franke Huis (went 30 years ago but they have changed the museum configuration - very informative) and did a walking tour of the WWII sites - recommend it

And ended the above tour at the Resistance Museum which was very well done and accessible in English.

Did the obligatory canal boat tour which we enjoyed - we had planned to rent a boat and navigate around ourselves but the weather wasn't appropriate ... would definitely do that next time though

Electric boat rental site

We were knocked out by the great restaurants in our area - ate at the following restaurants, all of which we recommend:

We were ready for some big flavours so ate Asian food for the first two days

Sichuan Food - (that's the name) - excellent wok fried oysters

Kularb Manee - quite refined Thai cuisine and excellent service

Seasons (three doors down from Thai restaurant above) - great scallops

Harlem Soul Food - a great burger but even better nachos....stacked high and delicious

And lots of great bars too - too many to name!

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