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28 September 2014

A Day At The Seaside

 We woke bright and early Sunday morning and decided today we would head to the coast! We packed up the car, dog and all and set off.

The sun was actually out and there was a cool autumn breeze in the air. It was a 2 hour journey but we finally arrived, first things first- To The Beach!

Tilly loves to feel the sand between her paws and we spent a while taking a long slow stroll over the beach, drinking in the last of the summer sun and discussing our week. It's been a long time since I have been to the English coat and to say it's only a 2 hour drive from where I live is actually quite shameful.

There's just something about the sea, sand and sun that makes you instantly feel happier. The smell of fish and chips filled the air and our tummy's made their presence known.

Although this meal alone was filling, we didn't stop there.. Oh no. You can't possibly drive to the coast without having a good ol' 99! Not that they are 99p anymore sadly. Who remembers when they were?

After filling ourselves up we spent the rest of our day exploring. Stopping now and again to admire the view.

The day drew to an end and it was time to pile back into the car for our journey home. Which I slept the entire way!

Hope you've all had a good weekend

7 September 2014

I Love Amsterdam

I love Amsterdam. I think it's probably one of my favourite places in Europe. I know, that's a bold statement. There is just so much to do and see, we ate, drank and shopped, we saw windmills, flower shops and cheese shops. We also saw the other side to amsterdam, the coffee shops and the red light district. I love the liberal take on life that the Netherlands has. Everywhere, minus the cyclists, seems so laid back.

I'm not kidding when i say that Amsterdam is just beautiful, at first glance you assume it is like any other big city. That's where you're wrong though, it's like a cross between venice and London. There are flowers and canals everywhere, quaint bridges and winding back streets. Then there's oodles of pubs, restaurants and shops. It would really be the best place to live. The temptation to go back for a cheeky weekend is very, very strong.

So, let's talk food. When i travel i love to eat. There is a lot of fast food places in Amsterdam, one place that tickled our fancy was Chipsy King

The Chips here were amazing, cooked to perfection. That wasn't the best bit though, unlike home where you only have a choice of gravy or curry sauce here you have so much more variety. I had a peanut satay sauce that was the best thing i have ever tasted, the Mr had a sambal sauce, which was extremely spicy. There was also, curry ketchup, garlic mayonaise, ketchup and more. If there is anything our chip shops could do it is take a leaf from the Netherlands and have more sauce varities, peanut sauce get in my belly.

Equally amazing were the sweet treats.

Some of the local must eats are the stroop waffle, which is two wafer thin waffles sandwiched together with thick caramel, yum. Then there are the poffertjes, which are small extra thick pancakes, covered in sweet syrup and dusted in sugar. Not healthy in the slightest, i have some serious gym work to do, but definitely worth it. They are delicious.

As well as spending a lot of time eating we also did the typical tourist things such as visit the museums, anne frank house and the heineken experience. I must stress that if you want to visit the Anne Frank house then book in advance, we had to queue for nearly 4 hours to get in, not good preparation on our behalf so a warning to you all haha.

We also paid a visit to the lesser known House of Bols which is like the cocktail version of the Heineken experience. I personally hate beer, but the Mr loves it, so i went there and he agreed to go to the House of Bols for me.

The House of Bols shows you the making of Genver a key component in their cocktails, and is very interactive with fun taste and smell tests. Then at the end you get to choose a cocktail using their electronic system that allows you to select things you like in your cocktail such as fruitiness or spice. I went for a strawberry and vanilla concotion and the Mr had a Blueberry one. Very good indeed.

We decided to pay a visit to the sex museum just off of the red light district, just for a giggle. I will not be putting photos on here as some of it was actually quite explicit! None the less most of it was very comical and for the most part we were wandering around giggling like school girls. If you are over 18 then i definitely would say pay a visit even if it is just for a laugh. its only 4 euro entry!

Have any of you been to Amsterdam?
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