Considering we only spent two and a half days in Amsterdam we managed to cram a lot in! With so many more places in the world to see, I always feel like I need to make the most of wherever I go, in case I never make it back. I certainly managed that!
On our first night after we made it to the hotel (my directions were excellent, however I managed to navigate us to the road parallel to the one our hotel was on... Which is as bad as being miles away when you don't have the internet or a map!) we headed to nearby Cafe Loetje, on a recommendation from my friend Kristen. It pretty much just serves steak, but really damn good steak, definitely recommended if you like things simple but meaty.
We stayed in Hotel Roemer, which was just right for us. Really near the museum district and comfortable, with big clean rooms, on a quiet street. We booked with the location in mind as the first thing we did when we got up the next say was head straight ot the big museum square where the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh are located. We started with the Rijksmuseum, and I forced James into an exhibit on the history of fashion magazines, and then we just wandered around the museums permanent collections for a couple of hours. There is so much to see we definitely got our money's worth. I was sorely tempted by the Rembrant Miffy in the shop!
After a picnic lunch from a local supermarket we headed on an epic walk up to the Jordaan area, full of gorgeous little streets and canals. Very weary, we headed back towards our hotel, with a massive iced coffee pick me up needed on route.
After a couple of hours chilling in the hotel we finally found the energy to make it out of the door and walked through the beautiful Vondel Park (the place to be on a sunny summer's evening) to Restaurant Blauw, for probably the best meal I had all trip. It was a recommendation from Cat at Take Courage, in her guide to Amsterdam, and it was so good. I don't think I have ever had Indonesian food before, and this was the next level. We shared one taser menu between us and it was epic. Really delicious lightly spiced, coconutty sauces over a whole variety of meat (from goat to pork, they also did a fish version and a veggie version) and veggies.
Stuffed and exhausted we headed back to the hotel to crash until the next day!