A mid week break in Amsterdam was all I needed to clear my head. At first I was thinking 'phffff' Amsterdam is no Copenhagen! Christianshavn in Copenhagen was built by King Christian IV in the 17th Century, based on Amsterdam, perhaps because of this Amsterdam felt familiar. After a few Hours and realising that I was indeed in a different city and stopped comparing everything to Copenhagen I began to fall in Love with Amsterdam.
I left the hotel early to head to the Anne Frank Museum as queues get very long. However I was distracted as I past the Bloemenmarkt so many beautiful tulips, I brought way to many, mainly for myself - oopsie. I then stumbled along Raadhuisstraat and The Pelican Studio a simple outfitting store full of luxury European brands. Along the street a new Bolia Store had opened, if I could I would have moved in straight away, kicked off my shoes and eaten ice cream on the sofa. One of the back rooms had original wooden panelling above Victorian tiles. Another room and the toilets are kitted out in House of Holland palm wallpaper and millennial pink tiles. Both these rooms highlighted the modern furniture and accessories for sale. I had lunch in the Modern atrium at RijksMuseum, with an American family, who were probably bored of each other, so started talking to me. This museum is HUGE and you could spend all day here. I focussed on the Ceramics and Rembrandt's paintings. The building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and under went a 10 year refurbishment which opened in 2013. A bit of a maze, but the Great Hall has beautifully refurbished frescos, the Library is also stunningly maintained. In the afternoon I saturated myself in culture at the Stedelijk Museum. A strong collection of De Stijl artefacts, including a variety of models by Gerrit Rietveld. I was desperate for a coffee and got not only for fix I needed but also perhaps the best coffee of my lift in the well designed and comfortable BOCCA. I easily spent an hour hanging out there, drinking and reading. For dinner we walked out to Bar Botanique where cocktails and pizza were enjoyed among flamingo's, palms and 1950's furniture. The interior was designed by Studio Modijefsky who clad the bar in concrete tiles and hung geomantic ceiling mirrors.