We started our weekend in the Netherlands with a tour of Amsterdam, but a lot of our time was spent just strolling up and down the cobblestone streets. Let me tell you, Amsterdam in May is gorgeous! The roads are lined with canals, bicycles, people dining outside and to top it off, we had fantastic weather. My favorite area of the city is the Jordaan District, which was wonderfully picturesque, but in all honesty, I felt that most of Amsterdam was beautiful. Aside from the canals, another of Amsterdam’s defining features has to be its bicycles. We learned that there are more bicycles in Amsterdam than there are people and I believe it! Bicycles are a way of life in the Netherlands, and it certainly was nice to see and experience such a cultural difference, just make sure you look both ways before you cross the street!
We walked through the famous Red Light District twice- once during the day and once at night. During the day, the district is quiet and boasts restaurants, sex shops, a church and even a kindergarten! But at night, the streets are jam-packed with tourists, bachelor parties, and local regulars. I certainly would recommend seeing the Red Light District at night, if nothing else, just to see how popular it actually is.