High tea, cheese, steak, sailing and sunburn

High tea at the Krasnapolsky Hotel in Dam Square

A 40 minute flight and the plane landed in Schiphol. Despite being so unbelievably close, I’ve left it way too long to visit my friends and family in Amsterdam.

I hadn’t visited the city in two years, and it was nice to be back and my friend had a jam packed weekend of fun thing planned.

First stop was a scrumptiously decadent high tea at the Krasnapolsky Hotel in Dam Square. Holland may not be able to claim the tradition of high tea, but they certainly know how to deliver one in style.

Next, an afternoon chilling on a house boat in the sunshine, before heading to a gig in Almere. I had never been on a house boat before and it was delightful, very idyllic and relaxing, and the weather was perfect.

Sailing from Volendam

Ever so slightly worse for wear, we got up early on Sunday morning to join the Jan Botter flat bottomed boat race. The harbour in Volendam was full of Botters (old wooden flat bottomed boats) with fishermen smoking herring on the pier beside the boats. It smelt delicious.

As the morning was a bit dull, we cleverly forgot to put on sun cream. So after four hours on the water we were totally lobstered. However, despite the sun burn we had a great afternoon, and even though we ended up second last in the race we had loads of fun.

Cheese stall at the Albert Cuyp

Strolling down the Albert Cuyp market with my aunt the next afternoon we were accosted by numerous cheese stalls and I could not resist the temptation to buy some of the worlds best cheese. It’s funny you become so accustomed to the slightly (do forgive me) bland Cheddar cheese found in British supermarkets, but once you’ve tried Dutch cheese, there’s no going back.

Monday evening, I was once again spoilt when my aunt and uncle took me to Loetje, a restaurant which serves the BEST steak I have ever had. I’m not kidding, the medium rare fillet steak is so delicately cooked it literally melts in your mouth. My mouth is watering thinking of it.

And so concluded my delightfully busy weekend in Amsterdam. I promise, despite how it looks, I did not spend the entire time eating, only a large part of the weekend!

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