Amsterdam : Canal Cruise, Anne Frank’s House, Red Light District

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Hi Everyone, ๐Ÿ™‚

Sharing the last few moments we captured in Amsterdam. It was rather an emotional journey in a single day. We cruised through the stunning Amsterdam through its canals. It was so beautiful.We wanted to just keep sailing through the twists and turns of the canals. I had to wear a special outfit for the cruise right! ๐Ÿ˜€ I told Sanjeev that whenever we get married again, this is probably how I’d dress up. ๐Ÿ˜›

We had to visit the legendary Anne Frank’s House and the Red Light Area of Amsterdam. The visit to Anne Frank’s House was such an emotional journey. It’s hard to believe that someone who lived closed behind the doors for two years lived with so much hope. She would continue to live forever…as she wanted. I bought her book to read it.

That evening we planned a trip to the Red Light District in Amsterdam. We went through a company with a group of people. It started raining heavily but it was one heck of a trip. Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam so they treat these girls as ‘s*x workers’. It’s like any other job you do in the world. We went through the narrow alleys where the real girls were standing behind the windows in their most er*tic lingeries! There were gay bars, live s*x theatres, s*x shops and anything related you could think of. The areas are very well protected by police to avoid any chaos. The tripย was a little heavy for me to be honest but an experience I would never forget!

Now the list of must do things in Amsterdam

  • If you can,ย explore Amsterdam on bikes.
  • You’d love shopping in Amsterdam. Some of my fav shops were Urban Outfitters, & Other Stories, TopShop,Weekday, Cheap Monday, Bijenkorf Mall.
  • Keukenhof Gardens. But those are only spring gardens are are open only for a certain period of time in a year. So planย accordingly.
  • King’s Day – Celebrated on 27th April every year.
  • A visit to Anne Frank’s House.
  • Explore the gorgeous coffee shops.
  • Red Light District Tour. But do it only in a group. It’s quite a shocker to be doing alone the first time around. Don’t click photos of the girls. Respect their privacy. You can always pay and take their services. They are doing their job there anyway.
  • If you are craving for Indian food, there are a LOT of Indian restaurants around. We loved Shiva for its ambience and Kohinoor for its food.
  • Cruise through the canals in boats to see Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam at night is quite a vision. Can be done through boat as well.

Amsterdam stole my heart..the way Venice and Paris did. I can’t wait to come back here again..that too very soon. :)) I hope you enjoy the last few pics we clicked during our stay. ๐Ÿ™‚

our captain Making everyone home by preparing tea and coffee!
our captain Making everyone home by preparing tea and coffee!
Okay! all set!
Okay! all set!
can't miss out on a single view
can’t miss out on a single view

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the dancing houses of amsterdam. If you notice, they are actually tilted! : D
the dancing houses of amsterdam. If you notice, they are actually tilted! : D
Museum of bags and purses.  The museum's collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 16th century.
Museum of bags and purses. The museum’s collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 16th century.
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how gorgeous is amsterdam!

 

pretty boat!
pretty boat!
the buildings though!
the buildings though!
there is always light at the end of the tunnel!
there is always light at the end of the tunnel!
one dream - to travel the world!
one dream – to travel the world!

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but first, selfie! : )
but first, selfie! : )
can i get one of those houses! :D
can i get one of those dancing houses! ๐Ÿ˜€
amsterdam's national opera
amsterdam’s national opera
always dreaming!
always dreaming!
will miss that cock tower so much. it used to play a little music at every hour!
will miss that clock tower so much. It used to play a little music every hour!
cycling outside the Anne Franke's house
cycling outside the Anne Franke’s house
the magical girl!
the magical girl!
The Fault in our stars moment!
The Fault in our stars moment!
old pics of anne frank
old pics of anne frank
anne frabk's album
anne frank’s album
her words that lived forever even though she didn't
her words that lived forever even though she didn’t
biked to our hearts content!
biked to our hearts content!
being a local!
being a local!
Museum of prostitution!
Museum of prostitution!
photographs on the wall
photographs on the wall
jack nicholoson was obsessed with prostitutes!
jack nicholoson was obsessed with prostitutes!
evening coffees with a view
evening coffees with a view
Big cheers, amsterdam
Big cheers, amsterdam
IMBB was here! : )
IMBB was here! : )

Outfit Details :
Skirt : Asos
Hat, Jacket : All Saints
Shoes : Nike
Jeans : Cheap Monday
White Bag : Celine Trio
Tan Bag : Gucci

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Kingโ€™s Day 2015, Amsterdam
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19 Responses to Amsterdam : Canal Cruise, Anne Frank’s House, Red Light District

  1. Sukirti Gupta says:

    Amsterdam looks absolutely charismatic. Ever since I have read Anne Frank’s book I have wanted to see her house and Amsterdam. Pictures from her house are overwhelming…
    Rati, you look fabulous as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. vinnimeow says:

    You look so chic in that dress. Love the addition of leather jacket. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And the place looks very interesting. Have always heard that Amsterdam intrigues you. It clearly does I believe.
    Have more and more fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rati says:

      It was really incredible vinnie. Amsterdam is a dream and something that one needs to experience!!

      Thank you. It was damn cold! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. neha says:

    wow I wanna see that bag museum!
    My brother-in law and family got some real shocking ๐Ÿ˜› museum pics…
    Must be really cold

  4. jomol says:

    this post cheered me up completely rati ๐Ÿ™‚ You know what’s missing, a floral bouquet ๐Ÿ˜› with that white dress. also, to read about the red light area, it’s informative and a bit shocking too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rati says:

      thankooo jomo. yes that would have been a nice touch! :))

      yes red light district was shocking but a real experience. would never forget it! :))

  5. pari says:

    Amsterdam is a magical world .i will say heaven no earth . I was there for 2 year .we both still miss that place like hell .we started our married life there . Its special for me . LOVE you Amsterdam

    • Rati says:

      awwww that sounds totally amazing!! :)) i totaly got trapped in the magic. cant wait to go back again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tanvi says:

    Brings back so many memories. Need to do Europe all over again!

    Love the skirt Rati!

  7. Cynthia Gonzalez says:

    I truly enjoyed ur journey thru Amsterdam…I felt like I was on the journey with u. Love the dress…u are going to be a beautiful bride 2nd time around. Thank u for sharing ur experiences and I enjoy it very much. Xoxo

    • Rati says:

      that sounds so nice cynthia! :)) Thanks a ton!! :)) may be on our 25th anniversary we could get married again to each other. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Archy says:

    Hey Rati,
    Beautiful pics, i just discovered your blog , and was so surprised to see u guys in Amsterdam. Am based in Ams, and if u guys are still around, it will be good to catch up:)
    Cheers,
    Archy

    • Rati says:

      awww no archy! we are in spain now! would have loved to meet.we became such locals there with our bikes and all. it was great fun. i cant wait to come back though and that too very soon! :)) you are lucky! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Arpita says:

    Would really love to see that anne frank place… Emotional…… Btw Rati… What all shopping hav u done… And when r u coming back… Would love to see all u bought… Love u… Puccchhhi

    • Rati says:

      i hope you do arpita!! :)) haha!! some of the clothes that you see are from the recent shopping only. the jacket, bag and hat in this outfit… for example. ๐Ÿ˜€ would share the haul soon. thank you :)) love you too. :-*

  10. Pallavi says:

    I loveddddddddddddd your bridal attire.. <3 looking like an angel.. ๐Ÿ™‚ :*

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