Amsterdam Day 1

My husband had a work conference in Amsterdam and I decided to tag along!  We started out early that morning meeting up with some of his co-workers to caravan up to the Netherlands.  We made it to the hotel by noon and were out exploring a little later.  First stop was the only windmill actually inside the city.  It’s also a brewery…no better way to start the trip!

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

Unfortunately the brewery tour was only running on the weekends, so we settled for some snacks and tasting some brews on the patio.

We decided to continue the party at the Heineken Experience.

Haha, this cracks me up!

So my take on the Heineken Experience is that it was definitely fun, and we enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t say it’s a “must do” in Amsterdam.  It was a fun way to start our trip, but it’s not the actual brewery where the beer is made, hence the name Heineken Experience.  I imagined it to be more old-fashioned/pub-ish (yes, I made that word up) but it was more like a lounge/club type atmosphere.  Not sure if that makes any sense but I just mean that it was more young and modern looking with techno music and Heineken commercials playing in the background.


Time for dinner!  I had picked out this place Restaurant Bazaar from the Rick Steves’ travel books (btw, Rick Steve’s books are great resources for travel).  It was an old church that’s been converted into a North African/Middle Eastern restaurant.   We ordered a big rice bowl with kebabs and it was delicious!  Great place to go, thanks Rick!

After dinner we did some more wandering around.  Amsterdam is such a pretty city, and we had perfect weather, which never hurts!

Livin’ the good life, cruising around the canals of Amsterdam!