From the last two weeks my mom has been yelling at me to clear the mess in my room, the paper cuttings that i just scatter around without being bothered to pick them up once my work is done, the coffee mug and vessels that i don’t wash after using them and how it seems like a pig was staying in my room if a stranger had to enter….So many complaints from her and am tired of not improving as usual….Putting up the radio in full volume and adding a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream to the hot cappuccino with those experimenting with the food that i do i start sipping slowly from the cup, flipping the travel magazine pages and admiring how beautiful these exotic locations look only if i had the chance to go visit them in a world of fantasy of my own, as i switch on the wi-fi router my mail beeps and i read about how skyscanner would give me the opportunity to travel to a place i would wish to within a budget of 1,00,000/-…I couldn’t even think twice before i started typing A…AM….AMSTERDAM.
3yrs back when my family took off for a vacation to South Africa I had board exams to give that were so crucial more than me for them that for the entire 4 months i had books all around me right from sleeping to eating on the dining table that even the word of vacations by me were given such an awkward look at home. At that time i had this huge travel scrapbook tearing out holiday pics from magazine and newspaper and sticking it in which slowly began to excite me and want to know more about these destinations when i would have the opportunity to travel there by myself
Time is a luxury, and it’s one we’re often short of when we travel.
There were so many places i wish i could put a magic wand upon and make it true to all those out of boundary regions i had in mind but amsterdam would make me alot more comfortable. A cousin of mine was studying there for 2 years and on her trip back she was so chirpy about the entire scenario like i could actually imagine myself there in it. Amsterdam is one of top visitor destinations and deservedly so, is one of Europe’s smallest capitals, lends itself well to whistle-stop tours thanks to its compact city center and excellent public transit . If I had just 3 days to see it all, this is how I’d pack the most of Amsterdam into a nutshell like a personalized tour for the time-constrained, from the wonders of the 17th-century Low Countries to modern Dutch life.
I immediately would have logged onto the site and booked the tickets landing to the city in the morning without wanting to miss a thing from the time i stepped in cause all i had was 3days and a huge to-do list that if i wouldn’t complete i would have regretted for the rest of my sulking how being there i could have missed it?
Skyscanner my all in one travel guide helped me sort out most of the travelling part and how to go about it with all the comapring done with just a simple click instantly….I booked thru and fro tickets for a 3 day stay that came upto Rs. 59,302/-
Next i wanted to book a hotel which should have been right at the centre of the city so i instantly typed my preference and chose the Swissotel Amsterdam that was famous to the adjacent dam square and barely 20 mins from the airport located at the heart of the city.A 3 night stay costed me 13,710/- minus the tax part which was still good.
To move about in the city i first thought of getting a bicycle to just roam about pedalling across the street (i like the fantasy part of it) but then rent-a-car option on skyscanner seemed so preferable so i opted for a chevrolet car that would take me around the citywith a much reliable local driver who would know the directions faster than me that again added a 6,043.12/- to the budget being planned out.
Things that i made a list of for a 72 hour sight seeing most of it was:
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
No visitor should miss out on a water-borne tour of the splendid canals of Amsterdam. A cruise on Amsterdam’s canals is a must for any first-time visitor. By doing this early in my trip i would get a great perspective of the city. This was a maximum experience in Amsterdam. It brings you down the Canals to show you the hidden life of Amsterdam city. This had to be a must do on my list.While any canal tour will be an experience to remember, the options are plentiful: hop aboard an open-top boat or a special themed or catered tour.
The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
The Rijksmuseum hosts an impressive collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and more! Most famous is Rembrandt’s masterpiece the Night Watch.The museum is being renovated and will reopen completely in April 2013. In the meantime, 400 masterpieces from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age are on show daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
Planning a night out in Amsterdam? Head down to Leiden Square (Leidseplein,) which is known as the center of nightlife where you can choose from hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and discos that would suit every style and taste.
Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)
A Museum with a Story. Visit the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Second World War. For more than two years, Anne Frank lived secretively with the other people in hiding in the back part of her father’s office building at # 263 Prinsengracht.
Red Light District
If you are a bit worried about going out and about in the Red Light district … don’t be.
All manner of humanity can be found there and it’s harmless. You will see mothers with children, grandmothers and grandfathers, along with prostitutes behind glass, tourists, all living together just fine. If you’re from a big city you might have to have someone point it out to you because during the day it looks like any other part of Amsterdam, just older.
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam promises just as much for lovers of modern art: its most-visited museum, the Van Gogh Museum , is a tribute to the post-impressionist painter whose inventive technique and sympathetic subject matter has earned him countless admirers. Its recently re-opened for another temporary exhibit despite its renovation, is another can’t-miss destination for modern art enthusiasts; its Erezaal (“Hall of Honor”) is bedecked with classic canvases from Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Yves Klein and other celebrated artists.
This charming neighborhood is Amsterdam’s Greenwich Village, with its narrow alleys, leafy canals lined with 17th-century houses, quirky specialty shops, cafes and designer boutiques.
One of Amsterdam’s main squares, this is an ideal place to sit on one of the many terraces and watch the world go by.
I really do hope this much awaited dream in my thoughts does come soon with the help of my now all time favourite travel guide partner Skyscanner!