We planned our trip about two months before the actual trip as we usually travel on a budget so need to save as much as we can.
From London Southend Airport to Amsterdam Schipol is only 40 minutes! Wow, the flight attendants don't even have the chance to seel you all the stuff they usually try to sell :)
So we landed in the famous cannabis loving city, Amsterdam.
We were actually shocked by the gigantic airport! It tooks us about 30 minites to get out of that place! ... And this is the first thing we saw as soon as we went outside!
Yes, the famous " I amsterdam" letters! If I'm not mistakes, there are three of them in total, one at the airport, one at the Rijksmuseum and the third one seems to be 'traveling' from time to time so you can't always find it in the same place.
Anyway, if you want a nice photo of the letters, I suggest you take advantage of it while at the airport because in the city there's just too many people around/on/under/in it and it's simply impossibile and frustrating to take a good photo!
Okay so, from the airport there's a 15 minutes trains going to Amsterdam Centraal. It costs approx. €4 plus €1 for some kind of tax so €5 which is quite cheap comparing to London. You can easily buy the tickets from one of those blue amd yellow self service machines. If not a fan of the machines then you cand buy it from the kiosk. No worries, absolutely everyone speaks English in Amsterdam! And ohhh such good English! Very impressed.
We stayed at hotel Ibis City West, a 10-15 min ride with the bus number 48 from Amsterdam Centraal.
It's in the industrial part of the city, not a ver nice view from our room windows, but it was the best deal we could find. The most important thing for me when booking a hotel is to be CLEAN! Clean room, clean bathroom and clean sheets. And I know that hotels that are part of big hotel chains such as Ibis, always deliver that. I was very happy with the room.
As the daylight was quickly running out we decided to take a stroll through the city and see as much as we can. We left the museum visiting for the next day.
This is the Tulip Market, they only sell tulip bulbs! (&other flowers in general) I was amazed at the huge selection they have! No wonder Holland is called the Tulip Land!