What a start to 2018 it’s been here at Around & About Bath.
First, following a fabulous New Year’s celebrations with some good friends, my wife, my in-laws and I ventured across the Channel to visit Amsterdam for five days. Amsterdam is one of my top five cities in the world to visit, mainly because it is so easy to get about, the people are so interesting and welcoming, and there is so much to do there (apart from the more infamous attractions that draw a younger crowd).
We stayed at a stunning new hotel called The Hoxton Hotel in Amsterdam, sister of the The Hoxton Hotel in London (@). It is a fabulous place to stay. The decor is modern with a 1930’s retro twist and is located in a central but quiet part of town in the ‘9 Streets’ district – perfect for admiring the beautiful canals and picturesque streets whilst window shopping.
Having visited many times before, this time we took the opportunity to see a few of the places I’ve often missed. The Maritime museum is one. Apart from having a brilliant name in Dutch – The Scheepvaartmuseum – It houses some extraordinary well presented collections of maritime objects and an inspiring collection of some of the earliest atlases and maps. Whilst the Netherlands is only a small country, it was the leading sea-faring nation in the world in the 1600s and this museum is a fitting testament to that.
I took the opportunity to visit the new Museum of the Canals on the Herengracht canal. It was simply stunning. Using interactive displays and an array of innovative techniques, it tells the story of how Amsterdam came to be a city of canals. I won’t give too much away except to say it is well worth a visit and a few hours of your time.
Of course, for me, much of the joy in visiting Amsterdam is discovering the hidden gems and there were a few of those to be found. However, I’m going to have to keep these close to my chest as I’m out of time for now.
Wishing you a great week ahead!