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bloemenmarkt

One of the best-known attractions in Amsterdam is the Bloemenmarkt. This flower market sells not only every shade of tulip you could dream of, but also an assortment of other exotic flowers you won’t find anywhere else. And yes, you can buy tulip bulbs and take them home. What better reminder of your trip than their cherry little heads bobbing in your garden?  

amsterdam

When I tell people that Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities, they raise their eyebrow and go, “Ohhh, I’m sure it is!” They’re alluding to Amsterdam’s reputation for being a place you can easily buy marijuana. Look folks, I live in Southern California. If I was looking for pot, I wouldn’t have to go so far. No, there are a million reasons why I love this town. Here are just a few for you.

fritjes

Fritjes — aka fries — in Amsterdam are phenomenally delicious. They’re the perfect thickness, while being crisp, not soggy. They’re served in a paper cone. If you’d like, you can get your choice of sauce slathered on top. I remembered enjoying “samurai sauce” 18 years ago when I studied in Europe. To my delight, it’s still on the menu. What is it, you ask? Simply sriracha and mayo, which is my favorite dip for just about anything. Sheer bliss…

So I’m off on another adventure, this time in Amsterdam and Provence, France. I’m going to challenge myself to write daily, focusing on one aspect of my day (and only one photo. The real challenge!). For more photos, check out my Facebook page. I had a long layover in one of my favorite cities, Amsterdam. My goal was to visit the Albert Cuyp Market, one of the largest in Europe. They had it all: cheap clothes, meats, cheeses (Gouda, natuurlijk), toys, purses. I managed to buy nothing, bit it was challenging! It made for a great stroll and photo opps.